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Lenovo IdeaCentre K220 Budget Desktop PC

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Lenovo IdeaCentre K220 Budget Desktop PC

Lenovo IdeaCentre K220

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The Bottom Line

Apr 28 2009 - Lenovo's IdeaCentre K220 is very unique among budget desktops thanks to the inclusion of a Blu-ray combo drive. This makes it an excellent system for someone looking to use it as a media center PC for high definition video playback. Performance is also slightly with the use of DDR3 memory while most budget desktops are confined to slower DDR2 memory. The toolless drive bays make it easy to install new drives into the system. The big drawback is the small power supply that will limit potential video card upgrades.

Pros

  • High Speed DDR3 Memory
  • Blu-ray Comptible Drive
  • Easy To Use Toolless Drive Bays

Cons

  • Relatively Low 280W Power Supply
  • Productivity Software is Trialware

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2220 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader and Dual Layer DVD Combo Drive
  • Intel GMA X4500 Inegrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Eight USB 2.0, 16-in-1 Card Reader
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, WinDVD, Power2Go, Trend Micro Internet Security

Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaCentre K220 Budget Desktop PC

Apr 28 2009 - Lenovo has made a few key design decisions that give the IdeaCentre K220 an edge over other low cost desktops. While the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 processor is something that is fairly common in the $600 price range, Lenovo has decided to use faster PC3-8500 DDR3 memory. This gives the system a slight boost in applications that are more memory speed sensitive. The 4GB of memory prevents any slowdowns from memory swapping but it would have been nice to see the system be capable of having more memory installed. Two memory slows are not uncommon in budget systems though.

While the 500GB hard drive on the IdeaCentre K220 is average, Lenovo has given the system a Blu-ray combo drive. This sets it apart from every other budget desktop system on the market that comes with a DVD burner standard. The system can still play and record CD and DVD media, but it also has the ability to play back BLu-ray movies.

To playback the high definition video streams, it is necessary to make sure that the system can properly handle HD playback. The Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics may not have a high level of 3D graphics performance but it is capable of HD video decoding. Be sure to use an HDCP compatible monitor or else Blu-ray movies can't be viewed. The system has an available PCI-Express for graphics upgrades but the power supply is only 280 watts. This means that many of the higher end graphics cards cannot be installed as there is not enough power to support them.

The software on the system is really kind of mixed. It doesn't have as much trialware installed on the system compared to other desktops. The problem is that the only productivity software, Microsoft Office, is a 60-day trial. Most companies include the full version of Works with both Word and Excel on their PCs.

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