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A word of caution...,
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This review is from: Lenovo C340 20-inch Non Touch All-In-One PC (Intel Core i3 3220 3.3GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDR, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
The cooling fan on this computer is very noisy.
I was surprised by this as at least one other review stated it was a quiet PC. I read all the other reviews quite carefully and this particular review actually swayed me to make the decision to purchase.
If I wanted to listen to a fan, I could have bought a desktop cooling fan for a tenner and saved over 400 quid. I was not prepared to accept this level of noise, so I returned the computer after a few days. Unlike a normal system this all-in-one PC cannot be put under a desk or in a cupboard to mask the noise from the cooling fan. Unfortunately with this lenovo PC the cooling fan noise is literally "in yer face".
Maybe the computer I received had an abnormally noisy fan, or the other reviewer perceives noise in a different way to me.
I connect to the internet via ethernet cable rather than wireless, so I cannot comment on some other reviews which highlight comments on wifi connectivity. (Ethernet beats wifi every time for a PC that does not have to be mobile)
I did not use the DVD drive, so I cannot comment on the problems that some other reviewers had with it.
Several other reviewers were griping about Windows 8. I have been using Win 8 since Consumer Preview in February 2012. Win 8 is an excelent OS that is hobbled by Microsoft's quixotic attempts to create an OS that does both desktop and touch. Most of the complaints about Win 8 should be resolved by the imminent release of Win 8.1 (review written in mid-October 2013). It is important to divorce the complaints about Win 8 from those about the actual Lenovo PC.
Other than the cooling fan noise, this is an excellent computer.
Cooling fan noise.
Wired mouse and keyboard.
Bloatware. 90% of the pre-loaded software is complete crap.
Backlit LCD display is excellent. It has high contrast with vivid colours.
Excellent sound card.
The system looks really neat (apart from the wired keyboard and mouse).
The system is really fast (6 GB RAM is enough for anyone who isn't a gamer).
If the cooling fan noise wasn't a consideration, I would give this computer 5 stars. Unfortunately, noise is a problem, so it gets just 2 stars.
I have now decided to go down the route of buying a custom-built quiet PC. A system unit (i.e. just the computer with no monitor) with comparable performance will probably cost me circa £100 more than this Lenovo PC.