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Thursday, July 26, 2012

HP's All in One HP Z1 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:52 PM

"The HP Z1 is a beauty of a 27in all-in-one PC. Not only is it meticulously built and the only one of its size and class to offer height adjustment, but it's packed with connectivity and features like an adjustable 1080p webcam. It's also the only AIO that's fully upgradeable - in fact it's easier to upgrade the Z1 than any other PC we've ever reviewed. All this is complemented by a gorgeous 27in, 10-bit, 2,560 x 1,440 IPS display and stunningly good speakers. Throw in its workstation certification, and it justifies its premium pricing."

All in one computers tend to have a lot of compromises, but the Z1 from HP aims to minimize as many of those as possible. Yes, if your computer or your display die, you'll lose both of them. On the other hand, HP has done a really impressive job of making the machine user-upgradeable. Check out the review for all the details!

Monday, May 2, 2011

MSI's New Wind Top AE2070 All-in-One Computer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

"One thing all-in-one PCs have over most desktops is that they simply look better. We've seen a lot of ugly tower systems, but relatively few AIOs that we'd qualify as eyesores. From what we can tell by viewing MSI's press photos, the company's new Wind Top AE2070 AIO doesn't buck the trend and is another classy edition to a growing number of AIO PCs. Touching it is optional."

I'm still using the Lenovo M90z all-in-one unit I reviewed last year - it's one of those long-term review deals - and it happily sits in my kitchen getting quite a bit of daily use. These types of systems are tremendously appealing for a wide number of users: they take up a small amount of space compared to a similar-sized monitor + desktop tower combination, and most importantly, offer a lower level of complexity in ownership. Sure, power users know that if the monitor goes, you lose the use of the computer as well (or vice-versa) but given the overall reliability of most systems today, I think that issue is relatively minor. The MSI Wind Top AE2070 offers a Core i3 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and the usual built-in stuff (WiFi, webcam, media card readers, etc.). No word on pricing yet, but given the small-ish 20 inch monitor, I'd guess we'd be looking at a $599 price point (or thereabouts).

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Win a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Worth $1308 USD!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:00 PM

I'm a couple days late getting this contest launched - things have been hectic - but here we go! I have a top-spec Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z to give away to one lucky Thoughts Media reader/YouTube viewer.

Here are the three things you have to do to be entered in this contest:

  1. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  2. Post a comment on the YouTube contest video telling me how/where you'd use this computer. Don't post the comment here on Digital Home Thoughts though, only on the YouTube video.
  3. Favorite the contest video on YouTube (instructions how are in the video)

That's it! One entry per person, and the contest closes at 5 PM GMT -7 on December 13th, 2010. Good luck everyone - the winner will be chosen randomly from amongst all the comments posted. The winner will be contacted via YouTube direct message, and will have 48 hours to respond back to me to claim their prize. If the winner hasn't fulfilled all three of the requirements above, I'll pick someone else.

Please note: due to shipping constraints, this contest is open to people in North America only. You guys know I always try to do world-wide contests, but this is a physically BIG prize so as you can imagine shipping world-wide would be a bit problematic.

Remember this contest is part of a much bigger contest with 20 other sites, so be sure to check out the other contests that are happening right now!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z: A Powerful, Capable Office Computer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:35 PM

This is my review video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop computer. The M90z features a 23 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 touch screen display, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, uses the Intel GMA HD GPU, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 650 running at 3.2 Ghz (with turbo boost up to 3.46 Ghz). The i5 CPU has two cores, and supports hyperthreading, so up to four threads of processing can occur. The M90z I'm reviewing now has 64-bit Windows 7 Professional on it, unlike when it was first unboxed. Being able to access the full 4 GB of RAM instead of only 2.8 GB helped me gain a bit over a 10% improvement in the PC Mark Vantage score; details are in the video.

Other features on the M90z include gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, a 2 megapixel Webcam with a physical privacy screen and dual microphones, six USB ports, DisplayPort out for running a second monitor, VGA input for using the M90z as a display (laptop, gaming console, etc.), an SDHC memory card reader, and audio in/out. It has a three year warranty. Read more...

The $46,000 Lenovo M90z Giveaway Dual-Contest

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 12:12 AM

Everybody likes winning prizes, and in partnership with Lenovo, a bunch of tech sites are giving away one Lenovo M90z each. You can check out my first impressions video of it here, and my full review video is coming soon. The unit Lenovo is giving away via each site contest is the maxed-out model: 23 inch touch screen, Intel Core i5 3.2 Ghz CPU, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM, 802.11n WiFi, DVD burner, and a current retail cost of $1308 USD (I just priced it out today). I've been using the review unit I was sent in my kitchen for the past two months, and Windows 7 plus a touch screen makes for a really compelling combination. Without further ado, here are all of the sites that are taking part in this contest:

I'll be making a separate announcement about our own contest here tomorrow - I'm a day late, but this contest will be simple and fun.

What's the "dual contest" angle you might be asking? Check this out:

"In addition, Lenovo wants to gain more exposure for medical and educational deployments of the M90z and their other all-in-one (AIO) products, and is asking for your help. They've assembled 3 packages of five (5) M90z units each and want your help in giving them away. The target winner would be a worthy medical or educational institution such as a clinic, hospital, school, community center, adult education facility, etc located in US/CA. And to be clear, Lenovo is seeking to further associate their brand and the M90z in particular with business-focused deployments of touch- and non-touch-enabled AIO desktops in the US and Canada; it's just that they don't know exactly which entities should receive these packages. But we've told them that you and your readers do know, and what's more, can help in selecting who should get them!"

You, the Digital Home Thoughts community, will be able to submit names of worthy organizations that could use five Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z computers and put them to good use. The guidelines:

  • Organization must be located in US or Canada
  • Medical, education or similar community focus
  • Preference will be given to non-profits or organizations dedicated to social good
  • Must have a concrete application for five touch-enabled M90z's

I'll be doing up a separate post on the 9th to get the names of organizations from you, so you have until then to reach out to groups that you work with and figure out how they'd use three of these awesome touch-screen computers. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What Happened to Dell's Customization?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

I don't know about you, but I feel like Dell's customization options have become dramatically restricted over the past year or so - it's like they're trying to get out of the custom, built-to-order computer business and into the "Buy Model A or Model B" business. I can't tell you how many times over the past year I've tried to spec out a computer or laptop and found that I'm locked into a "template" where the CPU, screen resolution, and GPU are locked down - allowing customization of the RAM and hard drive, and that's about it.

Case in point: the above computer is the Dell Inspiron All-in-One desktop computer. My wife's aunt is looking for a new computer, and an all-in-one would have several advantages for her. Dell Canada's email promo talked up the touch-screen aspect, so I assumed that the touch screen was an integral part of the product and included in all versions - it's not. When you go to the product page, there are three configurations you can chose from: Read more...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lenovo and AMD Bring Low Cost and Office-Focused Performance Together in the ThinkCentre M75e

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:47 PM

I took part in a conference call last week about a new product coming out from Lenovo - the ThinkCentre M75e - and while looking at business-focused desktop computers isn't something we tend to do much here at Digital Home Thoughts, it looks like a solid product for business users - including small business/home business types. Oh, and we'll be giving one away in a contest next month - keep an eye out for that! After the break, some details about what the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e brings to the table. Read more...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A First Look at the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z: Reach Out and Touch It

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my unboxing and first impressions video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop computer. The M90z features a 23 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 touch screen display, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD burner, uses the Intel GMA HD GPU, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 650 running at 3.2 Ghz (with turbo boost up to 3.46 Ghz). The i5 CPU has two cores, and supports hyperthreading, so up to four threads of processing can occur. The M90z I'm reviewing came with Windows 7 Professional 32-bit...which, sadly, means the system can only access 2.8 GB of the 4 GB of RAM. It's a huge waste, and I don't know why Lenovo didn't go with a 64-bit OS. You can order it with a 64-bit OS of course.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Dell's XPS Studio XPS 7100: Big Bang for the Buck

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Above is my review video of the Dell Studio XPS 7100, a desktop PC from Dell - be sure to check out the unboxing and first impressions video if you haven't already watched it. This particular model I ordered runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and is powered by an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T. This is AMD's six-core CPU, running at 2.8 Ghz with a turbo boost up to 3.3 Ghz. This particular configuration of the XPS 7100 also includes an ATI Radeon HD 5450 with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 750 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray reader/CD/DVD burner, 6 GB of DDR3 RAM, memory card slots, and gigabit Ethernet. Read more...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lenovo M90z: Got Any Questions?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:30 PM

I've been asked to take part in a reviewers' program for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z - you might think of the M90z as the bigger brother to the A70z (which I've unboxed and reviewed); it has a bigger screen (23.5 inches) that's optionally touch-enabled (my review unit is), 2 GB to 4 GB RAM, a 320 or 500 GB hard drive, a variety of CPU options ranging from the lowly 2.8 Ghz Intel Pentium G6950 up to an Intel Core i5-650 clocking in at 3.2 Ghz. There's also an HD webcam, a chassis that's easier to open and upgrade, and a few other features that the A70z lacked.

My plan is to implement the M90z in a slightly different way than usual: I want to set it up as a kitchen computer. The touch screen is a key component for that scenario, but without any special touch screen software (a la HP TouchSmart) I'm curious to know how well it will work.

Before I get started with the unboxing and first impressions video, are there any things you want to make sure I cover in the first video, or the subsequent review video?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is my review video of the Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z, an all-in-one desktop computer designed for the SOHO market (small office/home office). If you haven't already watched my unboxing and first impressions video, check that out first.

This is a corporate-looking machine, so it doesn't win any awards in the looks department, but it gets the job done in a compact, power-efficient manner. Prices start at $499 USD; the model I was sent for long-term review costs $729 USD. The A70z I was sent has an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 CPU running at 2.93 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), a 320 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, an Intel GMA X4500 GPU, built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 19" 16:10 matte screen (1440 x 900 resolution), built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam and microphone, a CD/DVD drive, and built-in speakers. Read more...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

14 New HP Models Leaked in Advance of CES 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:01 PM

"Holy smokes! A ton of unannounced HP laptops and desktops just came across our desk, in addition to those Envy models we saw just a few days back. Ahead of what we presume will be their formal announcement next week right around CES, we've got some details on 14 new models -- some more interesting than others."

Itching to see what HP has in store for the next few months? Engadget has the lowdown on a bunch of new models of laptops, desktops, and the HP Mini 210 netbook. Looks like some interesting hardware in the mix!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Meet the Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

Zune HD? No, the Zino HD! What a curious little machine. It looks like a Mac Mini to some degree, but in my opinion lacks the style of the Studio Hybrid, another machine in Dell's line-up that competes in the small-desktop category. What it lacks in style, however, it makes up for in hardware horsepower: it can be configured with a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive, 6 GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon HD 4330 512MB GPU, and a Blu-ray drive. The somewhat downer? For a CPU the best you can get is a 1.8 Ghz AMD X2 6850E. That's the Neo CPU that's in the HP dv2 and other thin-and-light laptops. It's not a bad CPU - it's far more powerful than an Atom processor - but any Core 2 Duo CPU would kick the silicon out of it. And you can get the much more powerful CPU in the Studio Hybrid.

So what you have here is a machine that would do well as an HTPC, or an office workstation-type machine. No known pricing yet in USD - the Dell Ireland pricing makes the maxed out version of this machine in at around the $1300 USD mark...which is a bit pricey. We'll see what tomorrow holds for and

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