Lenovo is a known brand when it comes to PC, smartphones, and even accessories. They have their own “Think” series of products which are aimed towards business professionals. Their ThinkCenter series of product line-up is aimed towards businesses and professionals who are looking for a good desktop or an all-in-one PC options.
The ThinkCenter Tiny-in-One II is definitely one of the best products in the line-up and there are quite a few reasons to prove that. First of all, it is a modular AIO PC caddy – which means you will be able to have any compatible mini PC with this product. This is something which we don’t see much of and second because it provides you the freedom to upgrade your system! Let’s dive deep into the review and know more about the machine.
Design & Build
The idea behind the ThinkCenter Tiny-in-One II is that the main PC unit is replaceable and can fit in a small space right behind the monitor. This is a very minimalistic setup that works great all together.
The monitor you get is a 23.8″ Borderless IPS Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and it is quite bright at 250 nits. The display is non-reflective with the Anti-Glare Technology that Lenovo is using here. Don’t confuse yourself with the term “borderless” it is just a branding term for minimal bezel on the display. There are bezels on the display but they’re quite small and this makes the screen look really good.
Below the display, you will find the 3.5mm combo audio jack along with two USB 3.0 ports. There’s also a 1.5W speaker right below the display which is good. There are also buttons to tweak the display settings and a combo power button which you can use to turn the display and the whole system on and off.
The real stuff is on the back of the display where the main computer unit resides along with the other ports. All the extra ports like the display port, more USB 3.0 ports along reside on the backside.
The panel used here is a 23.8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The IPS is a great display panel which has the ability to display great looking colors on the screen. Not only that, the display is also quite bright as it has a brightness unit of 250 nits. The display is perfect to be used in an official or a college or school like environment. It provides the best of both worlds i.e. providing great display and colors onscreen along with being reliable.
Display Stand & Ergonomics
As mentioned, the product was designed for business and office use which means it has to provide good ergonomics. Lenovo has used their ThinkCenter TIO II stand here which has a tilt angle of -5º to 35º. It also has a swivel angle of +/-45º. You will be able to lift the display up by 110mm. These settings are good for people who are looking forward to have more options to set up their monitor.
Can you use it as a standalone monitor?
Yes, you can. It has a display port that you can use in order to connect your ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One II with another system using a display port. You can also choose to go for other connections like HDMI but you will need an HDMI to display port adapter to do so.
Which products can it work with?
As per Lenovo, this will readily work with the following models.
- M900 Tiny / M700 Tiny / M600 Tiny
- M93p Tiny / M83 Tiny / M73 Tiny / M53 Tiny
- M73 Thin Client / M53 Thin Client / M600 Thin Client / M700 Thin Client
- ThinkCentre Chromebox
The best part is that you can buy your personalized system from any of your above-mentioned models and it will readily work with the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One II.
This is truly a well thought out and unique product to offer and Lenovo has gone ahead and put the product up on the market. It does have some very useful use cases in offices and schools where you need a system that works out of the box. The possibility of using this with a system that you can later upgrade or customize makes this a future-proof option which you don’t see much in the world of AIO PCs.