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Lenovo ThinkCentre A58 review

Alan Lu
6 Jan 2010
Lenovo ThinkCentre A58
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
361
inc VAT

Lenovo's ThinkCentre A58 is underpowered compared to the competition, but the three-year onsite warranty offers peace of mind to businesses.

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Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows Vista Business

Lenovo's ThinkCentre A58 is aimed at business users. It has a three-year onsite warranty, which is reassuring and surprisingly generous at this price. Unfortunately, the A58 is significantly less powerful than the other £400 PCs. The 2.5GHz Pentium Dual Core E5200 is comparatively slow and we expected more than 2GB of RAM. The result is a PC that lags behind the competition, particularly in our video-encoding test. It's fine for everyday use, but you can get faster computers for this price.

To upgrade to Windows 7 you'll need to pay around £15, bringing the price to £376 (the upgrade is available until 31st January).

As it's a business PC, the A58 doesn't have features you'd find in a consumer PC. There are no surround-sound outputs and no dedicated graphics card; the onboard Intel GMA 4500 graphics aren't good enough for games.

Although there's a PCI Express x16 graphics card slot and a PCI slot for peripherals such as a sound card, these are half-height due to the A58's small size, which limits your choice of add-on cards. Even if you have no interest in gaming but want to connect a second monitor to the A58, you'll need a dedicated graphics card as there's only one VGA output.

If the 320GB hard disk is too small for your needs, you'll need to replace it as there's no room for another disk. There's no space for another optical drive or memory card reader either, but there is a spare memory slot to add an extra 2GB of RAM. Accessing the A58's interior takes no time at all. Pressing a pair of pressure switches allows the case to be flipped open. The cages holding the hard disk and optical drive flip up for easy access and the drives slide out for easy replacement.

If your primary concern is getting a cheap PC with a decent warranty for your business, the ThinkCentre A58 is a good choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core E5200
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx12.5
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache2048KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardLenovo L-IG41N
Motherboard chipsetIntel G41
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle42W
Power consumption active60W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casedesktop
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots1
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity320GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 4500
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out
Speakersintegrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelLiteOn DH16A6S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLenovo SK-8825
MouseLenovo MO28UOL

Software

Software includedRoxio Creator Small Business Edition 10.1, Microsoft Windows XP
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantythree years onsite
Price£361
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk
Detailswww.lenovo.co.uk

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