Sunday, April 24

23" Touch Screen Makes Small Business Fun: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Multi Touch All-In-One Review (& Giveaway Info)

I was contacted by a company representing Lenovo asking me to review one of their products. Getting involved in a major hardware review is kind of a big deal, so I usually say no. I made an exception this time. Why? Because not only were they going to send one of their ThinkCentre all in one touch screen computers for me to test out in my business, but they're also going to let me give one away to one of my readers! (More information at the end of this post).


Upon opening the box, I removed the unit from the reusable tote bag it was packed in. Setup took me only a moment. After firing up WIndows 7, I began playing with the touch screen on the 23″ 1080p display. The touch screen has a normal glass overlay that you can safely clean and disinfect. (I am now hooked on moving my hands in the air, poking and gesturing as I compute). The Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre takes up very little space; only 2.5" deep. The power supply is in the chassis so you don't have to look at an unweildy power brick that so many all-in-ones come with.

After working with it, I can see it is an excellent answer for both large enterprise or small business. It delivers powerful, multi-tasking computing, with an energy-efficient, space-saving and green machine. Integrated into a single unit it promises a well-organized, clutter-free work environment. The unit they sent me is powered by the Intel® Core™ i5 and comes with an Enhanced Experience for
Windows® 7.

As you may assume, I'm a huge user of Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Word, Excel and Outlook), so that was the first I loaded up. All programs ran smoothly and fast. Next, I loaded the full Corel X5 Graphics Suite and ran it through some serious editing - not a problem at all. Last I installed QuickBooks Pro 2010, copied over my huge company files and breezed thorugh processing and posting. I'm also one who likes to open up a computer and hot-rod once and a while. The ThinkCentre M90z is easy-to-service featuring a tool-less chassis so you can quickly access and upgrade the memory and the hard drive

I can honestly say this computer makes running a business fun!

The short story is

  • 23" Touchscreen HD 1080 Active Matrix TFT Color LCD, anti-glare, CCFL backlight, 250 nits, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Intelligent auto-brightness control
  • Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz with dual-core, Intel 64, Hyper-Threading Technology, Turbo Boost Technology, Virtualization Technology
  • 4 GB DDR3-1333 SDRAM (expandable to 8 GB)
  • 500 GB HDD
  • DVD-Writer DVD±R/±RW
  • Secure Digital (SD) Card slot, 6 USB ports, Audio Out, Stero Headphone Stereo Microphone jack
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD 1.72 GB
  • IEEE 802.11n, Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 Connector
  • 2 MP HD Webcam (on/off switch), Array Microphone with physical mute
  • Dual Independent Display (DID) support
  • Keyboard, Mouse - Windows 7 Professional
  • Energy Star, GREENGUARD, RoHS, EPEAT Gold, 80 Plus Bronze
  • 3 year on-site warranty

Come back to my site (or find me on Twitter or Facebook) beginning May 2 to find out how to win your very own ThinkCentre m90z! Other sites are participating in the giveaway over the next few weeks. Here's the schedule:

Lenovo M90z Giveaway Participants

Site   Start End Date
Free Tech 4 TeachersApr 14 Apr 18  
Ilja Coolen \ ICSS   Apr 15   Apr 19
Physician Mom   Apr 16   Apr 20
Scrubd In   Apr 17   Apr 21
Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch   Apr 18   Apr 22
Steve Harg   Apr 19   Apr 23
Box of Tricks   Apr 21   Apr 25
Clinton   Apr 22   Apr 26
Around the Corner   Apr 23   Apr 27
Tech Savvy Ed   Apr 25   Apr 29
Small Biz Technology   Apr 26   Apr 30
Ablet Factory   Apr 27   May 1
Click Newz   Apr 28   May 2
Geekazine   Apr 29   May 3
21st Century Education Technology   Apr 30   May 4
A GeekyMomma's Blog   May 1   May 5
Marsha Collier's Musings   May 2   May 6
VA Networking   May 3   May 7
Your Virtual Assistant   May 4   May 8
Jake Ludington's Media Blab   May 5   May 9
Mobile PC World   May 6   May 10
Dangerously Irrelevant   May 7   May 11
Bud the Teacher   May 8   May 12
Kikolani   May 9   May 13
Geeks To Go   May 10   May 14
Chad r May 11   May 15