Lenovo B50-35 All-in-One PC review

All-in-one PC offers more than family entertainment without breaking the bank

Lenovo B50-35 All-in-One PC
The Lenovo B50-35 all-in-one PC

Considering the price of the B50-35 is around half that of the AG240, the Lenovo has an impressive array of features which include 1TB of HDD storage (optional 2TB), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, optional Bluetooth and 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB) to support the AMD A10 APU which combines processor and graphics card into one efficient chip. Here is the Lenovo B50-35 configuration given to TechRadar:

  • CPU: 3.5GHz AMD A10-7800 Radeon R7, 12 Compute Cores 4C+8G
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Screen: 23.8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, HDMI-in, 6-in-1 card reader, Microphone jack, Headphone jack, Ethernet
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Camera: Built-in Lenovo LBG 1080p Webcam
  • Weight: 19.8 pounds
  • Size: 22.9 x 8.1 x 18.5 inches

Performance

Regular multitasking, such as running the Internet whilst playing music and chatting to friends on Facebook, provide no challenge for the B50-35 and swapping in and out of the live tiles and apps was relatively seamless.

DVD movies came up pretty sharp and there was no stuttering in action sequences. Stereo sound quality was especially good with just slight distortion at the top end of the range. However, the noticeable difference with the AG240 was on the comparatively low scores on the games benchmark tests, even though both Bioshock Infinite and Metro Last Light played with no obvious signs of lagging.

Benchmarks

Here's how the Lenovo B50-35 performed on our suite of benchmark tests:

  • 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 5798; Sky Diver: 4654; Fire Strike: 1122
  • Cinebench CPU: 291 points; Graphics: 39.02 fps
  • PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3057 points
  • Bioshock Infinite (1080p, Ultra): 30.66 fps; (1080p, Low):
  • 47.53 fps
  • Metro: Last Light (1080p, Ultra): 8 fps; (1080p. Low): 15.33 fps

On the PCMark 8 test, the B50-35 was almost neck-and-neck with the AG240 (3080 points) but the superior Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M card on the MSI all-in-one showed a significant gap between what is a moderate games PC and a serious one. The 3DMark scores were 3 times faster, Cinebench reached 51.88 fps, Bioshock Infinite manages 41,43 fps on the Ultra setting and Metro: Last Light stretched to 11.67 fps on the most demanding setting.

Bundled software

  • Cyberlink PowerDVD - ideal for watching movies on DVD
  • FilmOn TV - hundreds of free TV channels to watch in SD covering news, sports and films
  • The Weather Channel - Pretty self explanatory, with local and world weather reports
  • MSN Health & Fitness - Diet and cardio tracking, workouts, foods and recipes