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Lenovo IdeaCentre B500

Lenovo IdeaCentre B500
alaScore 88

16 reviews

Nov, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design. Comments are divided on the price.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

Stylish angular design ; IR remote control, Bluetooth mouse and keyboard ; Vibrant matte screen

No touchscreen ; Low pixel density on screen ; External remote control IR receiver

Editor's Choice!

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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!

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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

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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

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Lenovo Ideacentre B500 review

 

Lenovo a robust all-in-one PC that lacks a touchscreen but packs good punch for yer pound.

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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.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 All-in-One Desktop PC

 

The IdeaCentre B500 is not just a PC. It can also be a TV and offers motion-sensing gaming, apart from very good performance.

Very good performance ; Nice looks, very good build quality ; 23-inch widescreen matte display ; TV Tuner + Media Center Remote ; Motion-sensing game support ; Very good feature set

No HDMI ; No Touchscreen support

The Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 is a multi-faceted machine. It not only offers high-end performance and a rich feature set, with a 23-inch widescreen and TV tuner support it can also dual-up as a home TV. And with motion-sensing gaming controller, it excels...

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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 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

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display (Projector)

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

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver gray

Modem

Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV

Networking

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
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Optical Storage

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

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/2.7GHz/2.93GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:E5400/E7500/Q8400S
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/Pentium

RAM

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

Service & Support

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

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
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