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Lenovo IdeaCentre B500

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500
alaScore 87

17 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Lenovo IdeaCentre B500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. There are some mixed opinions about the price. There are some critical views about the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Michael Brown (maximumpc.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500-08873AU Review

 

If you don't like highly reflective displays and don't care about a touch-screen user interface, Lenovo's IdeaCentre B500 is the all-in-one to buy. It's the fastest machine in the bunch, and it's attractively priced at just $1,400.

Best speakers and benchmark performance; strong price point

No touch-screen; 100Mb/s Ethernet; no wall-mount option

The Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 is a strong, attractively priced contender, but we’re willing to trade its superior performance and a little more coin to get the HP’s touch screen, user interface, custom apps, superior web cam, and flexible mounting options.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Nate Ralph (pcworld.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500

 

Lenovo generally means business. The company's ThinkPad laptop line (introduced by IBM in 1992) is an industry standard, outfitting countless road warriors with characteristically somber black boxes. But the IdeaCentre B500 ($1400, as configured) is...

Attractive chassis ; Strong performance

Lacks a touchscreen ; Finicky wireless keyboard connectivity

There's no touchscreen, but Lenovo's IdeaCenre B500 offers a striking design, great performance and an integrated TV tuner.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 review

 

We managed to get some nice hands-on time with the Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 while chilling out in Hong Kong, and we're glad to say that up close this all-in-one...

Jan, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500

 

The system has a decent numbers of connections: There are 6 USB 2.0 ports, multimedia card reader, antenna/cable connector for the tuner, and A/V in that uses an adapter to connect an analog video/audio source. Theoretically, you can use the A/V...

Bright beautiful 1080p HD screen. Less screen/bezel reflections than competitor. Discrete 3D graphics. Blu-ray player. TV tuner. Analog A/V in. Wireless everything (keyboard, mouse, Wi-Fi). Minimal bloatware. Ambient lighting. Motion control remote

No HDMI. No eSATA. Bluetooth keyboard and mouse slow to wake. No 5GHz 802.11a or 802.11n networking. A little pricier than rivals

If you're looking for HD enjoyment, multimedia processing, and 3D power, the Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 is the all-in-one PC to get. The addition of Blu-ray, Internet, and even an HDTV tuner, all provide you with the HD sources you want.

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Konrad Krawczyk (computershopper.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 (08873AU)

 

Its design may be polarizing, but the gamer-centric B500 is one of the most powerful, feature-packed all-in-one PCs we've seen. (And it's priced less than some of its competition.)

Powerful components for an all-in-one PC; good productivity performance; Blu-ray drive

No HDMI port; not-for-everybody aesthetics

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

Its design may be polarizing, but the gamer-centric B500 is one of the most powerful, feature-packed all-in-one PCs we've seen. (And it's priced less than some of its competition.

Powerful components for an all-in-one PC, Good productivity performance, Blu-ray drive

No HDMI port, Not-for-everybody aesthetics

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Rossi Fernandes (tech.firstpost.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 All-in-One PC - Tech2

 

Lenovo's venture into all-in-one PCs are pretty well known and we had reviewed the ThinkCentre A70z in May.

Publish date: July 9, 2011 10:25 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Ashish Koshy (tech.firstpost.com)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 All-in-One PC

 

Lenovo's venture into the all-in-one PC segment is pretty well known. We reviewed the ThinkCentre A70z in May. However, it did not really match our expectations when it came to the performance. The IdeaCentre B500 was launched globally, early last...

The B500's price is a slight turn off. You have some really good features like a 1 TB HDD, 4GB of RAM and Full HD playback capability. There are a few things like a lack of an HDMI port or even a Blu-Ray drive instead of DVD would give a lot of value...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Lenovo Ideacentre B500 review

 

Full review: Budget all-in-one PC for high def gaming

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 review

 

Lenovo describes the IdeaCentre B500 as a “Gaming all-in-one”. Sadly, this means it's been cursed with the sort of styling that manufacturers believe appeals to gamers: lots of angular bits, some brushed-metal-effect plastic and rather more orange than...

The B500 works as a TV, gaming PC, multimedia centre and standard desktop; it's compact and effective but painfully expensive for its specification.

Jan, 2011
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Product Specifications

Featuring an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and powerful discrete graphics, the IdeaCentre B500 all-in-one desktop is the ultimate PC for serious gamers and multimedia users. The 23-inch Full HD screen and high-quality JBL-brand integrated speakers provide a quality viewing experience. Coupled with a 4-in-1 remote control that acts as a motion-drive games controller, VoIP handset, air mouse and media remote, the B500 supports a dynamic multimedia entertainment experience.

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB/4MB
Per Processor Size:2MB/3MB/4MB

Design

Color of product:Black, Grey / Black, Grey, Silver / Grey

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:34.4in
Height:17.2in
Weight:22lbs
Width:22in

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:23
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:23in
Diagonal Size (metric):58.42cm/58.4cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 5570 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
On-board graphics adapter:N / No

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:0887
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaCentre B500

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel G41 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/1333MHz/800MHz

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver gray

Modem

Type: None

Multimedia

Built-in camera: Yes
TV tuner integrated:No / Yes

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data Link Protocol:Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Optical Storage

Type:DVD-Writer/DVD-Writer / BD-ROM

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Cabling technology:10/100-T(X)
Chassis type:All-in-one
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3
Display:LCD TFT / TFT
Display included: Yes
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / NVIDIA
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1024
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Number of processors installed:1
On-board graphics adapter: No
Platform:PC
Power supply:200
S-Video out:Y
Speakers:2
Storage drive interface:SATA
TV out port:S-Video
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 11b/g / IEEE b/g/n

Packaging Content

Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control:No / Yes

Performance

Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel H55 Express
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/2.7GHz/2.93GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel H55 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:456
Processing die size:164
Processor:Q8400
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor code:SLGT6
Processor codename:Yorkfield
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Quad
Processor frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:Q8400
Processor Number:E5400/E7500/Q8400S
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core 2 Quad Q8000 series
Processor socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:R0
Tcase:71.4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):95
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/Pentium

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:38512
Processor code:SLGT6
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:1 year warranty

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 640

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:1TB/320GB/500GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce G210M/NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M/NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
Interface Type:PCI Express x16

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.35 / 3.44
Height:17.2 / 19.1
Weight:22
Width:22 / 22.4