Power delivered in an unconventional design.
Lenovo certainly tried to cram as much tech into the A720 as they could, and my review unit came with plenty of firepower under the hood.
You can opt to have an SSD installed into the A720 instead of a regular HDD, but other than that there seems to be enough tech crammed in specifically so you don’t have to go tinkering around to upgrade parts. Getting into the A720 is a bit tricky, and involves removing screws at the base – clearly Lenovo didn’t want people tinkering around in this unit themselves.
Benchmarks & Performance
Running benchmarks on the A720 was a breeze, and while it would be great to compare it to another AIO, the only other one that we’ve tested was the HP TouchSmart 610 last year. Of course, the two are vastly different in terms of hardware and it would be grossly unfair to try to compare them.
Overall the A720 did quite well in our tests, with PerformanceTest producing a score of 1888 and Geekbench spitting out a rating of 9969. 3DMark churned out framerates of 36 – 49fps during the 3D tests, resulting in a final score of 7621. WinRAR and 7-zip came out with scores of 6,508 and 18,340 respectively, which would of course be different if the device had an SSD in it.
Following the regular benchmarks, I fired up Diablo III and cranked everything in the graphics department to a max. The game was a bit uncomfortable to play at times due to the reflections from the glossy screen, but graphically it looked absolutely brilliant. Spell effects, flying limbs and murky dungeons all took on a life of their own, and I had absolutely no issue with the game stuttering or frame drops. I then tried out the demo of Spec Ops, which is based on Unreal Engine 3, so it was a great benchmark to run. Again with everything cranked to max quality and resolution, the game looked phenomenal – lighting effects and character models were pulled off with ease, and the game had some of the smoothest framerates I’ve seen. Clearly this machine can take what you throw at it, so doing things like video production or editing photos will be quite painless.
In terms of audio performance, the A720 is loud enough to behave like a mini-home theatre if it’s in a medium sized room, but if you move it to the living room or to a larger space, you might best connect a pair of larger speakers. The speakers at the base of the unit may look tiny, but deliver a surprisingly powerful range of tones. Bass was a little disappointing at times, but overall you can quite comfortably watch movies or stream music from the A720.