Lenovo updates its IdeaCentre all-in-one line with new CPU, casing options

Lenovo’s latest IdeaCentre PCs aren’t lacking, well, anything. They bring the latest power and hardware to the all-in-one form factor. Seriously, a person could buy a model from either the A or B Series and feel confident that the systems will be able to handle nearly any task — gaming included.

Inside the sleek black exterior of the updated A700 is either a Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, along with a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5650 or 500MB HD 5450. The systems also support up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 2TB hard drive. Blu-ray is optional with 4 USB ports, 1 eSATA port, card reader, HDMI out/in ports (for use as a monitor) and AV in ports being standard.
The A700 should hit the market at the end of June and will start out at $999 — a tad bit more up-market than the current A Series market.

Taking the place of the previously entry-level A Series, the B305 will start out at a reasonable $699. Of course this only gets buyers an AMD Athlon X2 with 4GB of RAM, an integrated GPU, and a 500GB hard drive. Higher-up models can be fitted with either an AMD Athlon X3 or X4, 1TB hard drive, an 512MB ATI 5450 GPU and Windows Media Center. All three models however have a nice 21.5-inch LED 1920×1080 LCD with the standard assortment of jacks with the notable exception of HDMI. This boy cannot double as a monitor like the A700. It’s also quite a bit less.