Computer manufacturers are often shy of announcing loudly entry-level and budget PCs and so is the case with the Intel Atom- and Windows 8-powered Lenovo C220 all-in-one, successor of the C200 model.
The C220 was on display at the IFA 2012 show earlier this month, where I spotted it. Its design is different than on the C200, but the C220 with an 18.5-inch 1,366×768 anti-glare display looks similar to the 20-inch AMD Brazos-powered C325, sporting mostly sharp edges and glossy plastics. Inside the AIO there’s a power-saving Intel Atom D2500 dual-core 1.86GHz processor with GMA 3600 integrated graphics, replacing the older Pine Trail chips with the GMA 3150. The Atom D2500 can’t compete against even the lowest-end full-voltage desktop CPUs in terms of computing speed, but it brings a low power consumption and low noise. That said, the C220 is good only for the basic day-to-day tasks, such as office apps and Internet browsing, but only with limited number of browser tabs opened. The D2500 CPU is claimed to be 1080p capable.
In terms of RAM and hard drive capacity, the C220 is also limited for today’s standards, offering up to 4GB DDR3 system memory and up to 500GB HDD. The PC does have a side-mounted optical drive and I’ve also noticed a webcam with mic, a memory card reader and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the left and four more USBs on the back. A pair of up-firing stereo speakers is located on the top of the chassis. Optionally, the computer will be available with a built-in TV tuner, according to its specs.
The unit I saw was non-touchscreen, but it is possible that it will optionally feature some kind of touch support like the C200 and C325 do.
Pricing and availability are unknown, but an affordable price is expected, to match the entry-level components used.
Note: I’ve made a correction and removed IdeaCentre from the model name, since the PC actually belongs to the Essential series.