$450 Lenovo C300 All-in-One Desktop Has Netbook Guts

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Lenovo's new summer products all share the same thrifty sensibilities, and the C300 AIO desktop is no exception. Looking at the specs, it's roughly an Atom-based netbook. Looking at its pictures, it's a nicely-styled desktop, not unlike the new Dell Studio all-in-one.

In fact, it's actually really similar, although it manages to knock its price down even lower than the Dell's $700, coming in at a respectable $450 a decided bargain for a slick, 20-inch ready-to-go AIO. The cost of this, uhh, cost, might be a little much to bear for some: the Atom processor, paired with the Intel 945GC chipset and integrated graphics (no Ion option, unfortunately), means that that web-surfing, light productivity and net-centric services like Skype (there's an integrated webcam) will be the the C300's only dependable strengths. Oh, and lack of default Wi-Fi is a seriously anachronistic inconvenience.


XP and Vista are both available, though with hardware like this, the former is the only real option. Well, that, or Windows 7.

Just like the rest of today's announced hardware, July is the month. Press release and specs below. [Lenovo]

Lenovo C300 All-in-One Desktop
Display: 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio (1600mm 900mm)
Processor: Intel Atom 230
Chipset: Intel 945GC chipset
Graphics: Intel integrated
Memory: 1-2 GB DDR2 667
Hard Drive: 160-640 GB 1 slot
Connectivity: Ethernet 100 MB, WiFi 802.11 abg (optional)
Optical: Tray in RAMBO (1 slot)
Other: 1.3 megapixel camera, 1394/firewire port, 6 USB, 6-in-1 multimedia card (secure digital multimedia card, XD, memory stick, memory stickpro, secure digital pro), two 2.0 audio 3 watts, 120 watt power adapter, wired USB mouse, wired PS/2 keyboard
Software: XP Home, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium

IdeaCentre C300 All-in-One Desktop
With space for desktop computers shrinking, Lenovo's latest all-in-one IdeaCentre C300 desktop fits the requirements for even the most compact of spaces. The fold-away stand can be positioned between 12 and 40 degrees to help fit the all-in-one into the tightest nooks and crannies.

That leaves room for viewing crisp images on the large 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen or watching movies from the all-in-one's built-in DVD burner/player. They can also video message with the built-in camera. Users can even choose models that fit their lifestyle and décor with choices of red, black or white. Based on the Intel Atom platform, the all-in-one provides ample computing power and performance. Since its fold-away stand and hand grip make it portable, it comes with WiFi in addition to its Ethernet connectivity. For flexibility in connection to other media and peripherals, it comes with six USB ports, a firewire port and a 6-in-1 multicard reader. For increased reliability and to keep users productive, the all-in-one also comes with Lenovo's OneKey Rescue System.