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There are many computing needs that the plethora of devices released in this century can’t accomplish as swift as a stalwart desktop. And the best thing is that it doesn’t have to be expensive or filled with flair to do any of those tasks. A budget desktop can come in handy when you need a reliable PC to surf the internet, write Word documents, or create simple spreadsheets. Today, we review a fairly new entry-level desktop that doesn’t brag about gaming or graphics, but easily fits the category of a powerful midrange PC. Check out the Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 10AU00EUUS Desktop (Black) review.
- Simple design
- Core i5 Quad-core processor
- Lacks SSD storage.
- Lacks Wireless card (PCI Express).
The Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 SFF Check at Amazon is a decent no frills desktop built to be a great workhorse for business minded people and home users. It won’t drop your jaws at first sight. No, don’t bank on that. It’s one to blend well in an office full of other desktops. We recommend it majorly because of the price it sells for, small portable form factor and modest hardware. It should serve you well in your dorm room, home office or company office.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
If you don’t mind previous generation models, some hardware compromises and need a workhorse for both home and office then yours is a budget machine. The Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 just hits a few pennies below our threshold making it a candidate for our budget desktop list. The design is pretty basic; all black chassis, front ports, DVD+RW, SD Card slot, power button and the Lenovo brand name clearly marking its origins. All that fits into the front half face while the bottom half is home to the ventilation space.
On size matters, it has a small footprint measuring 19.5 x 7.9 x 20.4 (HWD) inches and weighing a lightweight 17.9 pounds. In comparison, the Lenovo Ideacentre 300 desktop (13.98 x 6.3 x 16.14 inches), the Acer Aspire 780-AMZKi5 (15.67 x 6.89 x 17.43 inches, HWD) and the Acer Aspire ATC-605-UB11 (15 x 7 x 16.5 inches) shares a similar price bracket and go head to head.
The port system is lush for it level. The system comes with four USB 2.0 Ports, two (2) USB 3.0 Ports and a single VGA connector and DisplayPort connector. The front side houses two of these USB 2.0 ports while the remaining two are at the back. The USB 3.0 ports are all located at the rear. There are DisplayPort to HDMI cable adapters if you need HDMI to connect to your monitor.
Lenovo offers a wired keyboard and mouse.
What’s inside? A Quad-core 2.9 GHz Core i5-4460S with 6M L3 Cache and up to 3.4GHz on turbo boost. The processor managed an average CPU Mark of 6553 which is decent and at par with its competition. For instance, the Acer Aspire ATC AMZi5 desktop processor managed a CPU average of approximately 6520 points sufficient for daily computing tasks.
In essence, this means you should be fine with daily computing tasks such editing in office apps, web browsing and video conferencing. For storage, it sports a spacious 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive. The downside however is that there isn’t any solid state drive to work with meaning boot time isn’t as fast as you would desire it to be.
The memory isn’t plenty. The lenovo thinkcentre e73 desktop has a total of 4 GB of SDRAM which despite being small is perfectly decent for small office and home tasks. Watching a movie, surfing the Web, listening to music or streaming Netflix should not demand so much RAM; so if you’re in that bracket, you should be fine. However, for those who would wish to upgrade, the system has a 1 x 4GB memory but there is an extra slot. Each slot can take as far as 8GB memory meaning you can at least have a max of 32 GB RAM if need be. There is a clean installation of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Upgradable to Windows 8.1 Pro.
In terms of frame rates, the Thinkcentre E73 does benefit from having the integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics unit. This is a late 2013 Haswell processor with relatively low power consumption. I wouldn’t call it a gaming chip and hence don’t expect it to handle any recent titles at all. Some small internet games should do the trick otherwise get yourself a gaming desktop for that. To be honest, on such budget desktops, 3D and gaming power are luxuries and so please don’t hold your breath here.
You could try a few games but don’t expect any flair. For instance, if you’re planning to hammer some prey on Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) and Ghost Reckon Wildlands (2017), you should get approximately 10 fps on low 1280 x 720 settings. I’m sure these aren’t pleasing results, but if you need to start playing games while on budget, consider the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA4500A desktop –it won’t break your bank.FYI, the Lenovo Ideacentre 300 desktop has the Intel HD 530 graphics, a Skylake edition chip with slightly better performance but nothing too fancy for gaming as well.
The Acer ATC-780-AMZi5 stands out with a 300-watt power supply compare to our reviewed unit that works with a 180-watt PSU. You would have to upgrade it if you’re planning to upgrade the system with some power-hungry hardware.
Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 Specs
- Processor Quad-core 2.9 GHz Core i5-4460S (6M L3 Cache, up to 3.4GHz)
- RAM 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM (1600 memory speed) upgradable to 32 GB
- Hard Drive 500 GB HDD 7200 RPM
- Graphics Coprocessor 1.1 GHz Intel HD 4600
- Card Description integrated
- Wireless Type 802.11bgn
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
- Operating System Windows 7 Professional
- Item Weight 17.9 pounds
- Product Dimensions 20.4 x 19.5 x 7.9 inches
- Color Black
- Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600
- Optical Drive Type DVD-RAM
- Audio-out Ports (#) 1
The Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 10AU00EUUS Desktop isn’t your ordinary gaming desktop with hulking and futuristic features. No, it’s not the most powerful system, but the with decent Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive storage it manages great clock speeds that makes it a bonus for home/office users, students looking to do their term paper or social media frequenters. It’s a great desktop for users with need of a small factor unit (SFF) and a decent balance between performance, budget and efficiency.
- Buy the Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 10AU00EUUS Desktop from Amazon.