The other week I went to a high street retailer where I saw an all-in-one desktop PC tucked away in an extreme corner. I was wondering if we even care more about a desktop computer, at least from the perspective of average users. Maybe I was overthinking it, but I believe a lot of people still view a desktop as completely boring with silver rear cases and monitors (I recently unloaded an HP Pavilion desktop I got as a gift when I passed the 10th standard) which are a nightmare to fit into compact apartments. But I was pleasantly surprised to see the Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 look less like a desktop and more like a statement piece – a conversation starter and object of desire. After using the AIO 7 for a few days, I thought I’d share my experience on how this computer fits into my daily work.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 price in India (as reviewed): Rs 171,990
How I use a computer at home
Desktop computers have always fascinated me. I actually have a collection of vintage computers at home and most of them are desktop computers. Unlike my iPhone 13 mini or iPad mini 6 which I call “invisible” computing devices, I prefer to use a desktop computer at home. Not only does an all-in-one desktop computer look attractive on my main desk, it’s also simple to use. Even my dad can use a desktop computer and file tax returns without my help. It’s all about convenience and ease of use, and best of all, I’m less impatient when working on a computer all day. Thing is, sitting on a laptop for long hours hurts my back and the screen feels (rather) small for the type of work I do, which is constantly monitoring technical papers published on indianexpress.com.
The concept of all-in-one desktops isn’t new, but the hard part is getting it right. The Yoga AIO 7 swaps the traditional bulky tower PC with a modern-looking all-in-one design. The design of the AIO 7 is fresh and not something I’ve seen with other AIOs.
Lenovo is taking a different approach in designing its latest AIO desktop computer, unlike Apple. Unlike the iMac M1 which is a singular all-in-one device with an integrated display, the Yoga AIO 7 combines a monitor firmly attached to a unit that houses the processor and speakers under the display.
The reason for this unique design has something to do with the rotating display. I like that the 27-inch 4K display (more on that later) can rotate between horizontal and vertical orientation. The ability to operate the screen in two orientations is a smart design choice. I don’t know how many people would like to rotate the screen to portrait mode, but I did it extensively.
It’s great to read more lines without having to scroll through a story on the web or working in MS Excel while having to scroll. The fact that the AIO has a touchscreen is great for scrolling through reels or a Facebook feed like you do on your smartphone. I think this AIO form factor makes a lot of sense for YouTube creators shooting vertical videos on their phones and uploading them to social media. I should mention that when using the AIO 7 in portrait mode, the content automatically adapts to a 90 degree screen orientation without the need to manually change the settings.
It’s a kind of computer that doubles as an entertainment device and becomes an extension of your personality. The Yoga AIO 7 looks great in the living room or home office. It’s a high-end computer with a mix of metal and plastic construction. It does not take up much space, but moving it from place to place is not recommended. I don’t mean that a desktop computer has to be portable, but this thing weighs 13 kg. Either way, I don’t expect people to move their desktop around their house often, but if you must, be careful when lifting this one.
As long as the screen rotation mechanism is smooth, you cannot tilt it forward and back. Most of the ports are on the rear portion that houses the display, although some ports are also located on the left side of the device for immediate and easier access. It only has one USB-C port, which is a shame. I expected at least two USB-C ports on a computer as expensive as this machine.
You also get two ready-to-use Bluetooth accessories: a wireless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard offers full-size keys for fairly comfortable typing, but the key travel is a bit shallower than I like. The mouse, meanwhile, is comfortable in my hand but feels basic. The power supply with a cord is also included. There’s also a detachable 5-megapixel webcam at the top of the display with an integrated privacy shutter. Sure, the webcam is better than the mediocre cameras I’ve seen on laptops, but it’s no match for dedicated webcams like the Dell UltraSharp 4K Camera.
The 27-inch screen has 4K resolution and supports 99% of DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color standards. The screen is super sharp, bright and genuinely gorgeous – and yes, it swivels 90 degrees and has super thin bezels on the top, left and right sides. Watching the last season of The fat guy on Amazon Prime Video, the colors pop. Especially when it comes to reading or doing research – and I do a lot of that, the benefit of a screen as large and bright as this is clearly visible. The clarity of the images I edit every day for my reviews and news articles is usually lost when I use a smaller screen. This is where I think a very crisp display, especially on a desktop computer, adds value for users like me.
The other big surprise is the Yoga AIO 7’s speakers which not only sound great but also look rather premium. They’re loud, provide decent bass, and have good stereo separation. I’ve spent hours streaming music and they’re as good as high quality Bluetooth speakers. If you want to use headphones, the AIO 7 has an audio jack. It also has built-in Bluetooth connectivity, so you can plug in your favorite pair of headphones.
The model I got for review had an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with Radeon Graphics (RX 6600M), 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. I used this desktop computer for writing, consuming video content, streaming music, checking email, posting articles and managing the website, and editing images and videos. Basically a mix of office tasks and personal use. I don’t do anything fancy on computers except to do basic things that average users do on their machines.
Although I didn’t try to play any games on it, I was able to edit 4K images and videos. I’m pretty sure this hardware setup will work fine for most people. Moreover, you can download all the necessary software or applications that you may need. After all, it runs on an older Windows 11 operating system.
The AIO 7 is a well-optimized desktop computer. Fire it up and it boots up in seconds, with Microsoft’s Windows Hello facial recognition camera logging you right in.
Let’s be honest; it’s expensive
Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 is a lifestyle PC and its high price of 171,990 rupees reflects this. But is it worth that price? For me, personally; Yes absolutely. If you have the cash, and especially if you like to invest in a desktop PC that can handle both business and casual work and has a long lifespan; then it’s worth it. You’re actually paying for the clean, streamlined design of the AIO 7, screen, and its rotation mechanism. However, I never recommend anyone to spend so much money on a desktop computer. So if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Or go for a low-end AIO and save some money to buy it.