Lenovo A740 27-inch Touchscreen All-In-One PC

27-inch Multitouch All-In-One Desktop With Some Updated Internals

Lenovo A740 27-inch Touchscreen All-In-One PC
Lenovo A740. ©Lenovo

The Bottom Line

Aug 17 2015 - Lenovo's A740 all-in-one system retains the same looks that it has over the past couple of years but gets a few updated internals. Sadly it did not get any real boost in the performance and the price is still relatively the same. The problem is that there is more competition either offering better features or a lower price now.

Pros

  • Stylish Design
  • Improved Storage Performance from Solid State Hybrid Drive
  • Screen Can Fold Down Flat For Easier Touch Use

Cons

  • Slower Performance from Mobile Components
  • Relatively High Price

Description

  • Intel Core i5-5557U Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB+8G 5400rpm SATA Solid State Hybrid Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 27" WQHD (2560x1440) Multitouch Display with NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M 2GB Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio with 5W Stereo Speakers
  • 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, HDMI (in), 6-in-1 Card Reader, 2 Megapixel Webcam
  • 31.9" x 22" x 8.5"
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Lenovo A740

Aug 17 2015 - Lenovo's A740 all-in-one system keeps the same styling and basic configurations as the previous A730 system. It features a large 27-inch display with a large base that houses the PC internals rather than having them behind the display. This allows for a thinner display and a more stable base. The stand also has the ability to lay the display down flat. It still sits above the base so it is not completely falt but makes the touchscreen use much easier than it being fully upright.

Like previous versions, it uses the Intel Core i7 5557U dual core mobile class processor rather than a desktop class quad core processor. This means that its raw performance falls behind many of the other systems in its price range. Of course this is only going to impact those users that are looking to do demanding computing work such as desktop video editing, For the majority of uses, this is going to be sufficient for browsing the web, streaming media or productivity applications.

The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory to provide a smooth overall experience with Windows.

Lenovo really likes using the solid state hybrid drives in their computer systems and the Lenovo A740 is one system that uses them. In this case, it uses a drive that features one terabyte of storage that is matched up with 8GB of solid state memory for caching. This provides it with a boost when loading up the operating system or frequently launching certain applications. It is a nice balance between capacity and storage but it does not have the full performance benefits of a straight solid state drive. If you do need additional storage, there are four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives. Lenovo still does include a dual-layer DVD burner with the system for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

The display for the Lenovo A740 remains unchanged from the previous A730 in that it uses a 27-inch IPS based panel that features a 2560x1440 native resolution. This was impressive when it was introduced but has since been overshadowed by the iMac with 5K Retina Display that now offers four times the resolution at roughly the same cost. The one advantage here is that the Lenovo system is a multitouch display which is useful for the Windows operating system even if you might have to clean your screen more frequently.

What did get upgraded though was the graphics. The A740 now uses the NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M graphics processor. While this is still a fairly low end processor, it does have improved performance over the past GT 745M. It is certainly not going to be used for gaming, at least not near the native resolution of the display, but it does provide acceleration for non-3D applications.

Pricing for the Lenovo A740 remains pretty much unchanged with the higher resolution models coming in around $1800 to $2000. Sadly, that price really needed to come down a bit. While the Dell XPS 27 is priced at roughly the same price, it offers higher performance from a desktop class processor and better storage from a hard drive of twice the size and a larger SSD cache.

The big problem with the Dell though is the older GT 750M graphics. On the other hand, the ASUS ET2702IGTH also offers a 27-inch touchscreen display with quad core desktop graphics for higher performance and better internal graphics. It does this while costing hundreds less. The downside is that its ports are not as well laid out and it is a much larger system even though it is using the same size screen.