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Consider Lenovo's 21.5-inch IdeaCentre B320 all-in-one the smaller, more affordable counterpart to the well-reviewed B520 from last fall. The B320 does not have a 3D-capable display like the 23-inch B520, but the core features--a touch screen, a discrete graphics card, and a fast CPU for its price range--help the $949 IdeaCentre B320 retain some of the higher-end model's character. The problem is HP's nontouch $999 Omni 220. Yes, that system costs $50 more, but it offers a larger screen, a Blu-ray drive, and better performance. The IdeaCentre B320's massive 2TB hard drive might offset those differences for data hoarders. For everyone else, the IdeaCentre B320 doesn't offer enough to overcome the HP's advantages. The design of the IdeaCentre B320 hews closely to that of the B520. On both systems, a piano-black bezel frames the display, which sits on top of a cleft, angular speaker bar. Unlike the B520's edge-to-edge glass, the B320's display is recessed into the bezel. Aesthetically the look isn't that different, but functionally the recessed display makes it a bit harder to fit your finger in the B320's corners for touch input. Touch input is one feature that distinguishes the B320 from HP's Omni 220.
On its website, Lenovo bills the IdeaCentre B320 as a "sleek desktop" with "two extreme missions" -- to be an HDTV and to be a PC. Unfortunately, like many things with multiple “extreme missions," the B320 spreads itself too thin, and fails short on both counts. Our review model, priced at $899, features a Core i5-2500 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics card. It has an impressively large 2TB hard drive--an interesting choice for a computer that's supposed to double as an HDTV, but you'll be able to fit plenty of your ripped movie files on it. It also carries a webcam, a microphone, speakers, and a DVD-RW drive--all built-in. There's no Blu-ray drive, but this is a budget all-in-one PC, after all. In PCWorld's WorldBench 6 benchmark testing, the B320 received a score of 126--a top mark in the budget all-in-one category. Graphics performance was merely okay: The B320 managed a frame rate of 32.7 frames per second in our high-quality Unreal Tournament test (1680-by-1050-pixel resolution), but just 13.1 fps at the same resolution and quality in our Dirt 2 test. Those frame rates, though not excellent, are fairly standard for the category.