Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 Highlights -
Pros: Good Design. Memory and Storage easily upgradable.
Cons: Lower specification models may be slow.
The IdeaCentre C560 All-In-One (AIO) desktop series from Lenovo comes in many models ranging from a low-end Intel Celeron processor to a high-end quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. The C560 series also comes in a variety of memory and hard drive configurations that can go as high as 8GB of memory and 2TB storage space. Out of these, there are four models ranging between US$500 and US$800 which we consider to be mainstream (Models: 57324509 - 57324512). These will be the focus of our review below.
The main difference between these four models is the processor and screen type. Lenovo offers a choice between Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor (Touchscreen Model: Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324512 and Non-Touchscreen Model: Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324510) or Intel Core i3 processor (Touchscreen Model: Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324509 and Non-Touchscreen Model: Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324511). Each of these models feature 6GB of memory and 1TB storage space. Also, the 23 inch display provides an ideal viewing experience. The Lenovo All-In-One features an aluminum base for a stylish and modern look. The desktop measures 2.10 x 22.20 x 17.50 inches and weighs 14.5 pounds.
Performance - As mentioned above, Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 offers a choice between Intel Pentium Dual-Core G3220T (clock speed 2.6GHz) processor or Intel Core i3-4130T (clock speed 2.9GHz) processor. We would definitely recommend the Core i3 processor over the G3220T, as it is faster and has better multi-threaded performance. The flip side is that Core i3 requires slightly more power and is priced much higher as compared to the G3220T. Both processors should however be able to handle daily home or home-office tasks.
Storage & Memory - Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 comes with a standard 6GB of memory and 1TB (7200 RPM) storage space. These can easily be upgraded (to 8GB memory and 2TB hard drive) without even needing a screwdriver. With so much storage, you won't have to worry about where to store all your data, videos, music or photos. Also, the memory should great for multi-tasking.
Display, Graphics & Sound - The desktop features a 23 inch full high defintion (1920x1080 pixels) LED backlit widescreen display with or without multi-touch support, depending on the model you choose. Additionally, the Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 and stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio for great sound quality.
Operating System - Windows 8.1.
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For internet connectivity, Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 offers 802.11b/g/n wireless and Ethernet LAN port. Other connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a multi-format card reader, HDMI port, an integrated DVD burner and 720p HD webcam. There's an optional TV tuner too. The AIO desktop also includes an AccuType keyboard with rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing. Lenovo also offers it's own Rescue System for a simple and quick way to backup and restore data and system files. Additionally, Lenovo Assistant provides an easy-to-use interface for users to organize favorites, clean up history and junk files along with managing network connections.
Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 provides an All-In-One desktop package targeted for home use. The desktop's space-saving design with an optional multi-touch display and multimedia features is great for home entertainment. It can also be an ideal choice for home-office use. As mentioned above, Lenovo has made the IdeaCentre C560 really cost effective by providing users with choice. You can either buy the touchscreen models Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324512 and Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324509, or non-touchscreen models Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324510 and Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 - 57324511 depending on personal preference.