Review of the Lenovo C260: The All-In-One PC

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This is a review of the Lenovo C260 which is hailed as the “all in one” computer with an inexpensive price tag. It has a space saving setup design that requires very little room and that’s because there is no tower. The hard drive is in the monitor as well as the disc drive and USB ports. The monitor is touchscreen* and is a 19.5 inch, 1,600 x 900 resolution display. The Lenovo C260 is very similar to other entry level, all in one desktops like the Dell Inspiron One 20 Touch (2020) costing $700, and the Acer Veriton VZ2660G-i34130X, which was priced somewhere in the mid $800s. So the only thing really innovative about the Lenovo C260 is the price tag. The Gateway One ZX4970G-UW308, is the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice for entry level, “all in one” desktops, but has a full HD resolution, 21.5 inch display, and the cost is $600.

The performance is sluggish, so if you are interested in a computer that you can do some heavy multitasking on, this probably is not the computer for you. This computer has a quad core Intel Pentium J2900 processor and Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB in the hard drive. If you are interested in doing light computer work like reading emails, web browsing and word processing this would be a sufficient computer. The Pentium chip, lacking hyperthreading, is probably to blame for the slowness. The minimal amount of RAM combined with integrated graphics probably also contributes to the problem of sluggish performance. Another disadvantage is the USB ports. Only one of the four USB ports is a USB 3.0 and the other three deal with slower USB 2.2 connections. Unless you pay extra for a wireless keyboard and mouse, two of those four ports will used by the wired mouse and keyboard, or any other peripherals that come with the unit. It should be understood that the wired keyboard and mouse are standard. The upgrade keyboard is the USB AccuType keyboard. Some Lenovo C260 reviews include, or do not include the wireless keyboards and mouse. When reviewed with the wired keyboard and mouse, it is considered a “Con” against the system set up so the reviews will vary. Note the difference between the Lenovo C260 and the Lenovo c260 Touch.

Specs of the Lenovo C260:

 

  • 19.5” High definition screen with 1600 x 900 display, 10 point touchscreen*⦁
  • All-in-one design
  • Integrated DVD RW (a DVD burner)
  • USB AccuType keyboard (upgrade)
  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 720p high definition webcam
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Celeron processor
  • CPU: 2.42 GHz Intel Pentium J2900 (quad-core, 2MB cache)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3
  • Memory speed 1600 MHz
  • Storage: 500 GB, 7,200 rpm HDD
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, 1 SD card reader
  • Gigabit ethernet

Pro’s & Con’s

Pro’s

  •  Inexpensive
  • Space saving design
  • 19.5” HD screen, 10 pt. touchscreen*

Con’s

  •  Slow performance
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi can’t be supported
  • Wired mouse and keyboard

* Some Lenovo C260s are sold with a touchscreen or without a touchscreen. There seems to be a discrepancy regarding the name, which indicates some monitors are touchscreen, some aren’t, hence, Lenovo C260 (without touchscreen) and Lenovo C260 Touch (with touchscreen).

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