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Lenovo IdeaCentre B300 review

Lenovo’s B300 comes under desktop PC category and is aimed at the budget alert users who are willing to replace their former desktop PC. Outfitted with 3.03GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics, the system makes a muscular case for a simple home PC.

Design

The B300 belongs to Lenovo’s B series of home all-in-one desktop PCs. It resembles its older 23inch sibling, Lenovo IdeaCentre B500. The B300 possess a large photo-frame design which is sleek and it is sheathed in glossy, solid black plastic on all sides. Instead of steel stand it owes a tough plastic stand that lets the PC to incline backwards.

The PC comes with well-defined screen bezel. Underneath the screen you’ll see desktop’s twin inbuilt speakers and array of buttons for fine-tuning screen’s brightness or to turn it off. The right edge accommodates optical drive and the connectivity ports are found on left edge of the system. Heat vents are located close to the top of screen’s back panel. Properly designed all-in-one system, Lenovo IdeaCentre B300 is well constructed as well.

Display

The pride and joy of the system is its 20inch widescreen LCD display which supports 1600X900 pixel resolution and plenty of hues. The screen has matte finish and supports wide range of viewing angles. It is superbly lit, bright and the picture looks so nice on it. Though watching movies is not as impressive as on glossy displays, it is yet quite decent. However, the screen doesn’t support the touch input.

Keyboard

B300 has included one of the best keyboard and mouse available in the market. The keyboard particularly has elevated and compact keys that are so easy to type on. I must say, so far the best typing feel on a keyboard to come across. It boasts a dedicated button at the top right corner to launch Lenovo Vantage Technologies. Also the fitted USB-connected mouse is nice to handle and it occupies the palm properly.

  • CPU : 3.03GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E760 processor
  • OS : 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
  • RAM : 4GB
  • Graphics Card : ATI Radeon HD 5450
  • Display : 20inch LCD screen
  • Dimension : 524mm x 388mm x 111mm
  • Weight : 24.7 lbs
  • Price : Rs. 38,200

Configuration

This all-in-one desktop PC possesses excellent hardware building blocks. It is equipped with Intel Core 2 Duo E760 processor that runs at 3.03GHz and discrete ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics. To nosh up the CPU it ropes in 4GB of RAM and 640GB of hard drive. The incorporated graphics card is not exactly for gaming, but other everyday home application is handled neatly by the system’s hardware. Sadly, there’s no option for extending hard drive/RAM capacity since the casing is sealed.

Ports and Connectivity

It houses good number of ports including 6 USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, Headphone jack, mic jack and multicard reader. The right spine holds the tray-loading DVD writer and at the back you can see PS/2 keyboard port. Unfortunately, HDMI, eSATA ports are missing on B300.

Coming to wireless connectivity, it supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connection and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, which are more than enough for a home desktop.

Software

Almost like B500, B300 is bundled with proprietary Lenovo Vantage Technologies suite for the system update, maintenance and rescue & recovery tools. The set not only aids in keeping the system updated with new hardware, software drivers but also makes the managing part much easier.

Performance

The B300 performs really well and its WorldBench score of 100 is impressive. Operating the system with routine apps and programs for home environment is not at all a problem. Watching 720p as well as 1080p HD videos on the matte screen is pretty first-class experience. The supplemented audio is good but the loudness is not on par with the speakers of B500. However it is pleasant and clear.

Gaming is not B300’s cup of tea. Playing at native resolution on the graphics card is not so satisfactory. However, the system is well suited for home entertainment and is an awesome multimedia all-in-one desktop PC.

Conclusion

The B300 is tagged with a reasonable rate of Rs. 38,200. Just for that rate, you get an excellent all-in-one desktop PC with trim design and decent value for the money. It has missed out few connectivity options under the hood, but involves nice matte screen and delivers good performance. Of course, it is not as good as B500 but for the latter you need to pay more.

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