Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z & Asus EeeTop ET2203 All-In-One PCs

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These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recording starts with 5~10 second segments of room ambiance, then the system at various activity states. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again.

Audio Recordings

Comparable System sound files:


Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z 1165A3U:

The A70Z is an effective all-in-one PC for an office environment. With a matte finish 19" LCD, reflection and glare are not an issue, making it easy on the eyes for extended use. Using desktop hardware allowed Lenovo to install a much faster processor and hard drive. As for noise, it's not really a quiet machine, but it's not particularly loud either, especially on load, as the fan speed remains constant regardless of system activity.

The webcam and speakers are not the greatest, but for a corporate product, they don't have to be. The peripherals that really need improvement are the bundled keyboard and mouse, which are average at best. The mouse in particular is not comfortable to use.

We priced out a comparable mini-ITX system at Newegg with a similar screen, peripherals and an OEM copy of Windows 7 Pro; the total came out to be just above $700, similar to street price of the A70Z, so it's pretty good value.

Asus EeeTop PC ET2203-B0017:

As a home PC, the ET2203 is close to ideal. It has a good amount of hard drive space and a big glossy screen, perfect for browsing through photo albums or watching high definition movies. The HDMI output allows hookup to a big screen HDTV if that's preferred for movies or TV. For the kids, the discrete graphics card is strong enough to play older or less demanding games. If you enjoy using Skype or other video chat programs, the webcam and built-in microphone are pretty good. Notebook hardware makes the EeeTop impressively energy efficient and quiet, at least at low load or performing simple tasks like watching video. Last but not least, the EeeTop is slim and attractive, more visually appealing to the average consumer than the ThinkCentre.

Mobile CPUs are both slower and more expensive than their desktop counterparts, so its no surprise to see a modest 2.2GHz chip in the EeeTop. The T6600 used in the ET2203 is outclassed by the A70Z's E7500, but for home use, it's speedy enough. It should be noted that the current generation iMac utilizes a desktop processor without being any thicker, so with some creative engineering, Asus could potentially pack more horsepower in there.

Our main complaints are rather minor in the grand scheme of things. The speakers, while probably better than you'll find on most all-in-ones, are still lacking in quality. Perhaps we're asking too much but watching a high definition movie with flat, slightly muffled audio impairs the experience. The compact bundled keyboard also needs improvement.

The model we reviewed can be found for as low as $800 after a $100 rebate. A comparable SFF PC can probably be built for a little bit less, but the svelte EeeTop is well worth the extra money. You may also want to take a look at the ET2203T which includes a touch screen and a Blu-ray drive though you'll have to splurge about $250 more for those luxuries.

Our thanks to ASUSTeK and Lenovo for ET2203 and A70Z samples.

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