Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

Summary: Other than iMacs, I'm not sure that all-in-one PC designs are actually big sellers. Nonetheless, companies like HP and Dell keep cranking them out.

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Other than iMacs, I'm not sure that all-in-one PC designs are actually big sellers. Nonetheless, companies like HP and Dell keep cranking them out. Also in the club is Lenovo, which has launched a new model, the C315, that aims for the budget buyer, just like the two new laptops it also announced today.

For a starting price of $649, the C315 provides a choice of AMD Athlon II processors with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, so don't expect hardcore performance. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a 20-inch touchscreen display, which you can use Lenovo's suite of touch-optimized apps (cleverly called IdeaTouch). The C315 will be available starting in April.

Would you buy one? I'm still not convinced there's a huge market for these designs in the Windows world, though we seem to be on an inevitable touch-based path in the future. But maybe I'm wrong. Let us know your opinions—especially in you have a PC flavor of all-in-one—in the TalkBack section.

Topics: Lenovo, Hardware, Processors

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  • If they were just a WEE BIT more upgradeable

    I would be willing to buy one for use as my main computer.
    That's the only reason I don't want to touch anything that isn't a gaming class notebook or regular desktop right now: the sacrifices you need to make for the lack of upgradeability.
    Lerianis10
    • I'm more concerned with repairable than upgradeable.

      It obviously won't accept common off-the-shelf parts. If the display has a problem but the rest of the system still functions, do you buy a new complete system?
      CharlieSpencer
  • Not in a million years ...

    NT
    Ludovit
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    This is THE wave of the future. Recently purchased an HP version with their touch software for home use. With the wireless mouse and keyboard(& TV tuner capability), only 3 cords to manage, fits nicely anywhere, touch is great, & speed is enough for all uses with Windows 7 except hardcore gamers.
    bhall@...
    • all-in-one-PC

      I also bought one to get my room back. OK. I have had to sacrifice some of my games but my office is neater and I have desk space and very few wires! Suits me.
      OldTopcat
  • I do not like them on a Mac, I do not like them as a hack

    The fact that Apple only wants to sell all-in-one desktop systems (aside from the very expensive Mac Pro, which they only offer as a concession to design professionals) is a prime reason that I have no interest in their products; I don't have any interest in all-in-ones from anybody else either.

    Why not? They cost more than a comparable tower-plus-monitor because of the use of laptop components. They force you to replace the monitor on the same upgrade cycle as the CPU despite the fact that CPUs evolve more quickly They are difficult and expensive to repair. You can't use a KVM to put two of them on your display. Expansion capability is limited or nonexistent.
    mark@...
  • I would!

    I like this computer for the kitchen, not so much a computer but an appliance.
    In the kitchen you do not want to be forced to use the mouse & keyboard when you need to look something up. Touch the screen with a "clean" finger to bring up recipe or email, etc.
    mponeil@...
    • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

      @mponeil@...
      So would I - and I did. Also in the kitchen so my messenger can find me, I can watch a tv program, a recorded tv program or a DVD and still locate a recipe online. And I pay much more than this for my main desktop computer and my wonderful Thinkpad tablet. Having the right tool for the job is priceless.
      betty.handlin@...
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    I would, but too expensive unless I was in the market for a new display as well as a PC.
    jwreed2345
  • Point of Sale is.

    Kiosks, point of sale, self-checkins, self-serve
    directories of information. These are certainly
    target markets for this.
    crythias
  • Mom's and Grandmothers.

    My mom hates me working when I come over.

    Although I'd rather her have a normal beige box hidden behind the cabinet, this is what she wants.

    The touchscreen will make her very happy. I think nowadays women are wanting kitchen PCs more as a norm.
    mlflash37
    • I agree - I could see my Dad using these...nt

      nt
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • Our Family is using them and getting more!

    Most of the non computer users in our family are getting
    these, for some reason they are not afraid to use these
    type of machines.

    I can think of four using them now. And more are
    working to buy one for there house.
    And they are using them to watch TV on the web to
    keeping track of what they need.
    So like you I was surprised to see them in use but I
    think they are here to stay.
    Daedalu
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    I just bought 2 Dell Vostro 320's for one of our stores. I think they are great so far, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse one power cable and 2 cables for the printers. Very simple to set up and it frees up some space under the counter too.
    phonetag
  • Great idea

    Uses less space than a conventional tower system and not much larger than a big laptop, these systems are brilliant for the home office. And with a high def screen, BluRay capability, and inbuilt digital TV tuner available in some models, what more could you ask for? (rhetorical).
    I Hate Malware
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    The concept is good, but there is a need to pack it with enough CPU/RAM to make it a 5 yr investment rather than something that is so-so for only today's applications.
    mtaylor619@...
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    It would not require much in the way of case design to pack a battery back up system into it along with a wireless keyboard & mount. that would make it very portable....a kind of oversized laptop. I hate laptop keyboards, so I would find this full sized wireless keyboard a very appealing option.
    mtaylor619@...
  • RE: Lenovo's new C315 all-in-one PC begs the question: Who's buying these things?

    My kids and myself have been using our computers for
    years while my wife always felt intimidated and never
    took part.We have offered her laptops netbooks
    desktops but she never grabbed. Finally on a stroll
    through walmart she spotted the hp all in 1 pavillion
    and she fell in love with the simplicity of it. We
    took it home set it up and shes barely left it alone
    ever since.The 18.5" monitor is awesome, its wireless
    so she can change her mind on the location, and I know
    she will. Its not a top of the line comuter for sure
    but its capability does impress me for the price...and
    she's happy, loves it,and she's finally on line ,thats
    what counts in the end.
    sdolley
  • Think a second, what's the difference between an all in one and a tablet?

    Other than the keyboard and mouse and, possibly weight, less than nothing.

    Perhaps that's who's buying them!

    ttfn

    John
    TtfnJohn
  • If some single, solitary component craps out on you...

    ..."No big deal. Just go buy another one."
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool