Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 review: Minimalist dream

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A340

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 all-in-one (AiO) computer offers the perfect setup for the aspiring minimalist. Because you no longer require a separate tower for the CPU, you get to keep your desk clean and open up space for other work and play essentials.

The IdeaCentre A340 looks really sleek on top of my work desk. Its slim form factor takes so little space—that’s already with the mouse and keyboard included in the box. Assembly and setup is a piece of cake; not only is the computer lightweight and easy to carry, figuring out the connections, controls, and buttons is also a no-brainer.

IdeaCentre A340

Despite the small footprint, the IdeaCentre A340 offers a relatively huge screen real estate. The 21.5-inch display looks bigger than it is thanks to the narrow bezels. Colors are great and text appear crisp and clear. It has great viewing angles and brightness levels. The touchscreen capability of the display is a nice touch, but not really a necessity.

The IdeaCentre A340 proves to be a reliable workhorse. Opening Office programs and executing basic tasks are done without any hitch; even switching between multiple windows is a breeze. I noticed a slight drop in terms of performance when I installed Adobe Photoshop.

The built-in webcam is a welcome feature. It works well enough for video chats. The speakers offer clear and solid audio with good volume levels. However, I still prefer using headphones, which connects directly to the computer via the microphone/earphone jack.

IdeaCentre A340

This Lenovo computer also offers various connectivity options. There are four USB ports, two of which I already used for the mouse and keyboard connection. If you want to open up more connections, opt for a Bluetooth wireless keyboard-mouse combo. The card reader slot supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. A nice addition is the clip attached to the base that keeps the cables organized and secure in one place.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 specs

  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • DISPLAY: 21.5” FHD 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen
  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • GPU: AMD Radeon 530 graphics
  • MEMORY: 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • STORAGE: 1TB HDD
  • MULTIMEDIA: 720P camera, microphone/earphone, 2 x 3W stereo speaker
  • CONNECTIVITY: Wi.Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.1, card reader, LAN, HDMI Out
  • DIMENSIONS: 490.5 x 185 x 418.88mm, 5.8kg
  • PRICE: Starts at P28,990

Speed says

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 all-in-one computer is a great option if you’re looking to declutter your workspace to improve your productivity.

Words Pat Calica
First published in Speed December 2019 issue

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