Introduction, Design Features
As an enterprise-minded all-in-one (AIO) PC, a Lenovo ThinkCentre M910z doesn’t essay for sexy, attention-grabbing features. It’s not quite sleek. It’s not thin. Chrome accents? Really, now.
Instead, a ThinkCentre M910z goes for bureau dependability with a imperishable chassis, support for a latest Intel platform, and a horde of confidence facilities to keep your company’s information safe. It’s an appealing brew for businesses looking for an affordable, do-it-all AIO for behind offices.
The attracts of a ThinkCentre M910z’s pattern will be appreciated a many by those tasked with handling these PCs. For starters, a framework is imperishable to forestall downtime and boost a ROI; it achieved a MIL-STD-810G troops acceptance by flitting a array of tests that uncover it explanation opposite heat extremes, humidity, sand, dust, vibration, and earthy shock. For another thing, a system’s 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” CPU supports Intel’s vPro and Active Management Technology for remote upkeep and management. A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) fortitude is also on board, that offers hardware-based encryption.
Your company’s IT staff will conclude a craving confidence facilities on board, yet a finish user sitting in front of a complement will come to suffer a 23.8-inch, 1080p display. (That’s a local fortitude of 1,920×1,080 pixels.) The picture is unequivocally splendid if we holder it up, and sincerely crisp, yet we would happily accept a fortitude uptick, were one on a table. The best partial about a arrangement is a anti-glare coating, that combats bright synthetic light and approach object with ease. It’s a kind of arrangement we can glance during all day yet fatigue, generally if a lighting in your bureau or apartment is splendid or harsh, and we don’t have control over it.
Lenovo sells dual versions of a ThinkCentre M910z: hold and non-touch. We reviewed a touch-screen model. It starts during $1,034, yet a examination section facilities upgrades that ticked adult a price, slightly, to $1,115 during this essay in mid-October 2017. It facilities a 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” Intel Core i7-7500 (a loyal desktop CPU, not a mobile chip), 8GB of memory, integrated Intel graphics, and a 500GB tough drive. The non-touch ThinkCentre M910z indication starts during $809.
Our discerning take? It’s 2017, and today we’re not smitten of four-figure machines of any ribbon (laptop, desktop, or AIO PC) that don’t come with an SSD foot drive. But that’s a shortfall we can solve a common way: by spending some-more money. Otherwise, a ThinkCentre M910z ably fills a need for a business AIO with reasonable CPU energy and better-than-average extraneous durability, and manageability facilities that IT teams have come to design from a Lenovo Think brigade.
The ThinkCentre M910z is a vast matte-black slab. This is not a AIO we wish for a accepting area or other showcase section in your office, yet rather for those toiling behind a scenes.
The framework is rather sprawling, with far-reaching bezels surrounding a display. It’s portly, too, with a bottom two-thirds measuring scarcely 2 inches thick. (The tip third of a row is an in. thick.) The vast arrangement apportionment sits on a big-diameter round of a bottom with a wide, articulating arm.
The arrangement arm has dual hinges, that let we lean a arrangement behind to about 30 degrees. That isn’t unequivocally tighten to totally flat, yet it offers a gentle angle for sketch and sketching on a hold panel. Given a dual hinges, though, a arrangement arm offers a surprisingly slight operation of tallness adjustment.
Lenovo claims that a framework also offers tool-less entrance for easy entrance to reinstate or ascent a tough expostulate and memory. Technically, that’s true. After stealing a mount from a behind of a system, it’s probable to snap off a behind panel, yet we found it unfit to do so yet a assist of a screwdriver to assistance work it off. True, there are no screws to remove, yet we would have elite stealing a few of them to meddling off a behind row as if a mechanism were an oyster sticking to a tip bombard (and life).
Once we do conduct to get a behind row off, you’ll see a second tough expostulate bay…
That’s a blue bracket, that will take a 2.5-inch expostulate of your choice. Also manifest above: In a same mark to a right of a mount is a steel shield. Remove it, and you’ll arrangement a memory slots….
Our exam section had dual SO-DIMMs in a slots, so any upgrades would engage swapping out and replacing modules, not creation additions to what’s there.
One advantage a thicker cupboard of a ThinkCentre M910z affords we is an inner energy supply. The system’s 150-watt energy supply is tucked adult inside a complement and not trustworthy as a section to a energy cord.
Now, as for a 1080p screen. A 1,920×1,080 fortitude is a standard local fortitude for a 23.8-inch display, and a ThinkCentre M910z does yield a frail picture with clear content and icons. But it’s still nowhere in a joining of a Retina Display we get with even a smaller 21.5-inch Apple iMac. The multi-touch row felt discerning and responsive, yet a aforementioned anti-glare cloaking unequivocally is a best trait of this display.
The orator bar next a arrangement conceals a span of 3-watt speakers. They furnish endurable audio, that can fill a tiny bureau and sufficient for video conferencing and YouTube videos. That said, cranked-up song playback isn’t a clever suit. This being an bureau AIO, though, we consider we (and your apartment neighbors) won’t mind that.
A 2-megapixel, 1,080p Webcam produces a frail picture for video conferencing, and when we aren’t regulating a Webcam, we can slip a remoteness retard over a lens to give we assent of mind that it’s not capturing anything it shouldn’t be.
The system’s ports and connectors will fit many needs, unless we need an HDMI-in or -out connection, or have started collecting cutting-edge gadgets that use a USB Type-C interface. On a behind panel, you’ll find a DisplayPort in/out combo port, 4 standard-issue USB 3.0 ports, and an Ethernet jack, all tucked into a recess to a right of a stand…
Also here is a security-cable nick for locking down a earthy machine.
Two some-more USB 3.0 ports lay on a left edge…
One of these (the yellow one) is an always-on, fast-charge USB pier that can extract adult your phone and other devices, even when a complement is powered off. Also on a left corner is a combo microphone/headphone jack and a discretionary nine-format flash-card reader. The final is a $10 ascent that Lenovo enclosed in a exam system.
On a right corner is a tray-loading DVD burner, a energy button, tongue-tied symbol for a microphone, a brightness-control rocker, and a video-input symbol that lets we toggle a DisplayPort between submit and outlay modes.
Lenovo bundles a connected (and uninspired) keyboard-and-mouse combo with a ThinkCentre. The keyboard facilities a old-school, tear-jerking keys of desktops of yore, while a visual rodent is about as simple a clicker as we can get. Don’t put most batch in these; workers will expected commotion for marginal upgrades. At a time of purchase, Lenovo doesn’t offer any keyboard/mouse upgrades or wireless-gear options, yet we can opt for no keyboard and mouse, that shaves $30 off of a cost of a system. If we consider a ultimate user of a ThinkCentre will be fussy, save a income adult front and buy something better, separately.
Lenovo offers few customization options for a ThinkCentre M910z’s core components. You can ascent a Core i5-7500 CPU (what we tested) to a Core i7-7700. You can enhance a memory from 4GB adult to 32GB. (Our section came with 8GB.) And we can ascent a tough expostulate to an SSD, or supplement a second tough drive. Our exam complement featured 3 upgrades: 8GB of memory, Windows 10 Pro, and a flash-card reader. The Core i5 CPU and tough expostulate storage were a bottom options.