Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge 71 Core i3 2nd Generation Tower PC Video Review
Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge 71 Core i3 2nd Generation Tower PC Review
The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 71 ($508 direct) is a standard entry-level tower desktop PC for your business. It’s not perfect by any means, but it shows that you don’t have to settle for buying two-generation old components in a $500 desktop PC. It’s powerful enough to run today’s apps, as well as tomorrow’s business apps. It may be “just enough” for the business workers in your small shop, as such, it’s our new Editors’ Choice for entry-level business desktop PCs.minimum product life. This will help ease product rollouts and will let you stretch IT capital budgets over two calendar years. The HP Compaq 8200 Elite will be available on March 7, with a starting price of $679.
Design and Features
The ThinkCentre Edge 71 is a reasonably attractive tower, due to styling cues like the carrying handle mounted on the top of the system above the optical drive. This handle can be used to quickly carry the system from a cart to the end user’s desk. The Edge 71 has the usual tower proportions: it’s a smidge wider than the optical drive’s tray and is a lot taller than it is wide. The chassis is essentially matte black, with some red accents like on the system’s handle. Inside the chassis, there’s room for an additional hard drive, one more memory DIMM, a PCIe x16 graphics card and two PCIe x1 expansion cards. However, the system’s relatively low-powered 180W power supply means that you won’t be installing a high-end 200W graphics card anytime soon. For users that need that kind of power, look at a midrange or workstation-class system instead.
On the outside, there are six USB 2.0 ports, DVI, VGA, Ethernet, audio, serial, and parallel ports. Serial and parallel are there for really old peripherals, like dot matrix printers and bar code readers that a business might still need to support. It’s notable that the system doesn’t have any next generation ports like HDMI or DisplayPort for external monitors, nor eSATA or USB 3.0 ports for faster hard drivers. The system does support simultaneous multiple monitors with the included DVI and VGA ports, however.