The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny desktop is one of the first 1L desktops in the industry. Complete with flexible mounting solutions, including support for standard VESA mounts, the Chromebox...
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Based on seven expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Techradar, PC Mag and computershopper.com this personal computer has an average expert rating of 79 out of 100. It seems that computer experts are not that keen on this few processor core PC.
A number of customers agreed that the Lenovo Chromebox was compact. Pcmag.com mentioned “The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny Desktop ($329.99 as tested) is a speedy machine that packs some extra power into its compact frame” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Techradar.com mentioned on expert website Techradar “The device sports the same compact, flattened desk”. Techradar.com also mentioned “Lenovo brings Chrome OS to desktops in a compact form factor”.
One customer concluded that the Lenovo Chromebox was lightweight.
Easy to Use
Some Lenovo Chromebox reviewers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Cnet.com said in their review of this PC on CNET.com in December last year “Are handy for basic Web surfi”.
One Lenovo Chromebox reviewer concluded that it had a good experience. Expert website Androidauthority.com wrote in their review of the Lenovo Chromebox “With the release of its first Chromebox, Lenovo is looking to offer the Chrome OS experience in a compact package”.
Acceptable Noise Level
One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet. In December last year Techradar said “Quiet operation” in their Lenovo Chromebox review.
One Lenovo Chromebox reviewer who reviewed the Lenovo Chromebox thought it was reliable. Expert review site Pcmag.com said in their Lenovo Chromebox review “The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox Tiny Desktop is a dependable, quick machine that costs a little extra for more power than most Chrome OS users likely need”.
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One customer who bought it said that it was a good design. Techradar wrote “Compact design that can stand vertically or lay horizontally” .
One person said in their reviews that it was good in terms of connectivity.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This desktop computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many personal computers of this type and age.
Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Desktop computers of a similar type and age to the Chromebox have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 16GB. The Chromebox has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox.
Lenovo is one of the superior personal computer brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its few processor core computers.
SSD Storage Medium
The Chromebox has a faster storage speed than most few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to it. This personal computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most desktop computers that have been available for a comparable time to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.
This desktop computer's storage speed (SSD) is actually the best storage speed amongst all PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox.
Amongst comparable types of desktop computer the worst storage speed is HDD.
10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology
This desktop computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that were launched around the same time as it.
L3 Processor Cache Level
This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many computers of this age and spec.
Gold EPEAT Compliance
This desktop computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to it.
DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type
The Chromebox has a newer internal memory type than most personal computers that came out around the same time as it. This Lenovo desktop computer has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most computers that are a comparable age to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type. Across all PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Chromebox the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM and the best is DDR4-SDRAM.
Has One Memory Slot
The Lenovo Chromebox has a greater number of memory slots than most computers of this age and type. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this computer.
Few processor core computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Chromebox have heights of between 27mm and 500mm. With a height of only 34.5 millimeters, the Chromebox is fairly short compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released one year ago.
With a weight of only 950 grams, the Lenovo Chromebox is one of the lighter similar spec computers that have been available for more than a year amongst few processor core computers of this age. The weights of desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Chromebox range from 140g to 14kg, and the average weight is 4.3kg.
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Small Storage Capacity
One person mentioned in their reviews that the Lenovo Chromebox did not have good storage. Last year Techradar said “Limited storage”.
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of few processor core computers that have been around for more than a year is 750MHz, the fastest is 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Lenovo Chromebox has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (only 850 megahertz) compared to most of the other computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Chromebox.
Quite Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
At only 16 gigabytes, the Chromebox has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other few processor core computers that came out more than a year ago. Few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Chromebox have max internal memory supported processors of between 4GB and 64GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 27GB.
Quite Small Total Storage Capacity
Across all the PCs that are a similar age to the Chromebox the total storage capacity range from 8GB to 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 540GB. The Chromebox has a very small total storage capacity (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released one year ago.
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Very Small Internal Memory
The internal memory of computers that have been on the market for more than a year range from 2GB to 16GB. With an internal memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Lenovo Chromebox has one of the smaller internal memory amongst few processor core computers of this age.
Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity
Computers of this age and spec have solid-state drive capacities of between 16GB and 520GB. With a solid-state drive capacity of only 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo Chromebox has a quite small solid-state drive capacity compared to most of the other PCs that were released around the same time as the Chromebox.
Very Small Maximum Internal Memory
Few processor core computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Chromebox have maximum internal memory of between 4GB and 64GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo Chromebox has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been available for around the same time as the Chromebox.
Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory
The smallest maximum internal memory of few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the Chromebox is 4GB, the biggest is 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 26GB. The Chromebox has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst personal computers of this age.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this personal computer was released.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2 gigahertz, the Chromebox has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released more than a year ago.
This review assumes that readers understand the benefits and intended use of Chrome OS devices. Since all Chromebooks and Chromeboxes run the same OS, with the same features, the only differences... Read more…
This is the only Chromebox I've found so far, with a 5th-generation Intel Core 3 (Broadwell) processor, and it is considerably faster than previously-available Chromeboxes, with a Google Octane score
It's built like a tank, out of the same type of thick sheet steel as found in typical desktop tower cases. The case design is shared with Lenovo's 1L Tiny" form-factor Windows PCs, designed for comme
It comes with a decent Chrome OS membrane keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad, and with a basic scroll-wheel mouse. Both are USB hard-wired, not wireless. The full keyboard with numeric keypad is a ra
The system board is populated with one 4GB SO-DIMM, and it has one free SO-DIMM slot, although 4GB is plenty for Chrome OS. The 16GB LiteON SSD is plugged into a M.2 slot and could be easily upgraded
It includes WiFi and Bluetooth, thanks to another slot populated with an Intel combo card. There's one external WiFi antenna on the rear, and an internal antenna on the front, behind a thin, smoked pl
There is a punch-out in the chassis rear for a SD-Card reader, but no reader is installed. This is likely a security precaution for its intended commercial customers
It would have been nice if the keyboard and mouse were wireless
It's larger than necessary for a Chromebox, due to sharing the same 1L (one liter volume) case with Lenovo's Windows products, designed as a family for commercialeducational use
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Display panel is basic with not great black levels