Lenovo C315 Touch Screen All-in-One PC

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Lenovo C315

June 21, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Lenovo C315 - 40221GU
Manufacturer Lenovo
Street Price US$849

The Lenovo C315 is the top model of their Essential series PCs, advertised as "everyday desktops" that are affordable, space saving, and energy efficient. Lenovo categorizes the IdeaCentres as entertainment hubs, the ThinkCentres for business use, and the Essential line seems to fall somewhere in-between, for general use. This ho-hum billing is ironic as the C315 is one of the more interesting all-in-one PCs with which we've crossed paths.


The Lenovo C315.

The C315 is easy on the eyes, far less utilitarian and boxy than the Lenovo ThinkCentre but not as playful and stylish as the Asus EeeTop. The combination of dark brown trim on black is very complimentary, giving it an air of sophistication. The arch at the bottom is a little odd but makes it easy to pick up. The most intriguing aspect of the C315 is its 20" multi-touch display which sits about 1 cm deeper than the surrounding bezel. The system also has a built-in ATSC tuner and ships with an infrared remote control. This is about as far from "essential" as it gets.


The C315 is powered by an Athlon II X2 250u processor.

There are some interesting choices under the hood as well, beginning with its X2 250u processor, a low power desktop AMD Athlon II with a TDP of 25W and a clock speed of only 1.6GHz, not to be confused with the X2 250, a 60W 3.0GHz chip. Except for the 3.5" hard drive (a 500GB Seagate 7200.12 in our case) the rest of the internals are laptop components. The machine uses DDR2 SODIMMs, a mobility Radeon HD 4530 graphics card, and a slim dual layer DVD writer.


Accessories. Note that the IR receiver has two inputs.


Our sample shipped with a 120W 19.5V power adapter.


Lenovo C315: Product Sample Specifications
Part Number
C315 - 40221GU
Display
20.0", 1600x900, CCFL, multi-touch, anti-glare
Processor
AMD Athlon II X2 250u
(1.6GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 25W)
Chipset
AMD 690M
Memory
4GB DDR2-800 SODIMM
(website lists DDR2-667)
Graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 512MB
Hard Drive
500GB 7200rpm
Optical Drive
8x DVD +/- RW DL
ATSC Tuner Yes
Networking
10/100 ethernet, 802.11g
Card Reader
6-in-1 (MMC, MS, MS Pro, SD, SD Elite Pro, xD)
Webcam 0.3 megapixel (640x480)
Speakers
2W
Keyboard & Mouse
Yes
Connectors Rear: 4 x USB 2.0, RJ45, PS/2, FireWire 400 1394 (4-pin), TV antenna

Side: 2 x USB 2.0, card reader
Operating System
Windows 7 Professional x64
Dimensions
484 x 359 x 65 mm
(19.05 x 14.12 x 2.56")
Weight 7.4 kg (16.3 lb)
Street Price
$849


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