January 2, 2014
- Stand provides maximum adjustment
- Beautiful 1080p touch display
- Strong performance
- Included mouse & keyboard are mediocre
The Lenovo ThinkCentre E93z is a 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop PC that comes loaded with 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 CPU. It has a 1080p full HD touch screen display mounted on an ultra flex arm for maximum adjustment.
The design of the ThinkCentre E93z at first glance looks pretty similar to Lenovo's other all-in-one PCs from the past year or so. However, this model is mounted on an ultra flex arm that provides maximum adjustment. You can adjust the tilt and height of the display to any level you want. The screen won't lay completely flat, so it can't be used in a table top-like setting but it comes pretty close. It measures 16.2 x 20 x 2.8-inches (hwd).
The front of the E93z is made of one sheet of glass, so it's completely seamless. There is a bezel that surrounds the screen, with the bottom edge being considerably thicker than the rest of the edges. The PC's left side has two USB 3.0 ports, a memory card slot and a headphone jack. The back has four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI-input, an HDMI-output and an Ethernet port. The right side has the power button, volume buttons and video input button along with a tray-loading DVD+/-RW optical disc drive. The optical drive is becoming increasingly rare these days, especially in all-in-one desktops. However, Lenovo most likely chose to keep the optical drive because this desktop has a business-centered focus.
Lenovo includes a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. The mouse is a tad small for our liking but it works well. The keyboard is very generic but the keys are way too stiff. You'll most likely want to invest in a good pair of peripherals.
One of this all-in-one's best selling features is the 21.5-inch 1080p HD display, which is absolutely gorgeous. Colors look vivid and the screen is very bright. We really like the HDMI-input, which means you can use the monitor for a gaming console, cable box or other video source. As we said before, the display is touch-enabled and it works really well. We found it to be very accurate and responsive, which is really a must when it comes to touch input in order for it to be usable. It supports up to 10 simultaneous touch points.
Our review unit had a configuration that included an Intel Core i7-4770S (3.90 GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce 720A graphics. For wireless connectivity, you get 802.11n Wi-Fi.
In a PCMark 8 benchmark, the Lenovo E93z earned a score of 3,537, which is about 1,000 points higher than the category average. This PC is definitely a power house all-in-one. Our review unit does contain more upgraded components, especially the Core i7 CPU, so the extra performance will cost you extra money.