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Dell OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One Review

Dell is following the mantra of “Don’t mess with what works” with its OptiPlex line of all-in-one (AIO)

business desktops

. The last three OptiPlex All-in-One PCs took home Editors’ Choice awards, and the latest, the Dell OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One (starts at $1,349; $2,250 as tested), is nearly identical, inside and out, to last year’s

OptiPlex 7760

. The chassis remains the same, and the only major internal change is its move to Intel’s latest CPU crop. The graphics, though: Dell offers 9th Generation Core processors but ignored the GPU, leaving you with a single upgrade option that’s nearly three years old. The OptiPlex 7770’s functional design, roomy 27-inch display, and competitive application performance make it a good fit for offices looking for a space-saving 27-inch AIO, but creative departments might want to hold out for more modern and powerful graphics.

4K or Touch, But Not Both

The OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One takes the opposite design approach from the rigid, aluminum-clad

Apple iMac

. The chassis is primarily plastic, but it offers a great degree of flexibility.

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The stand allows for 4 inches of height adjustment, tilts 30 degrees back and 5 degrees forward, and swivels 45 degrees in either direction. Most AIO display stands, the one on the iMac included, provide only tilt adjustment. You can also pivot the display 90 degrees into portrait mode, as shown below. One thing you can’t do is recline the display fully to use it like a digital drafting station, in the way you can the incredibly flexible

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

.

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Without any chrome highlights or swaths of brushed aluminum, the OptiPlex 7770’s design is somewhat bland. Still, it looks sleek on the whole, thanks to its thin display bezels. Not only do they give the system a modern look, but they also help keep its footprint compact. The main portion of the chassis measures 15.3 by 24.2 by 2.3 inches (HWD) without the stand, and the rectangular stand itself is 11.3 inches wide by 10 inches deep.

It’s not as sharp as the display on the 27-inch Apple iMac (5,210 by 2,880 pixels) or the 28-inch

Microsoft Surface Studio

(4,500 by 3,000 pixels), but the OptiPlex 7770’s 27-inch screen still presents quite the pretty picture. The 4K (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) panel produces a razor-sharp image, allows for wide off-axis viewing, and enables a large workspace. Plus, the anti-glare screen finish is effective at combating shine and reflections from office lights and sunlight through windows. Dell’s 4K display option here, however, lacks touch support. If you want a touchscreen display, you’ll need to downgrade to a 1080p-native panel, alas. (Dell also offers the option for a non-touch 1080p screen.)

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A speaker bar runs the width of the system below the display. The two stereo speakers produce surprisingly rich sound. I even found myself enjoying music playback with something approaching a punchy bass response. The sound certainly won’t rattle the windows, but it has more than enough impact and clarity for videoconferencing via the better-than-average 2-megapixel infrared (IR) webcam…

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This camera sits above the display in a pop-up module, which lets you retract and hide the camera when it is not in use to ensure your privacy.

Plenty of Ports and Storage Options

The OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One has no shortage of ports. Conveniently located on the left edge are an SD-card slot, a headphone jack, and two USB 3.1 ports, of both kinds: an older Type-A (shown below with a wireless dongle inserted), and a newer, smaller Type-C that supports 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2.

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On the back panel, you’ll find both DisplayPort and HDMI ports, four USB 3.1 ports (all of them Type-A), an Ethernet jack, an audio-out jack, and the power connection.

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The system offers tool-less entry, but you need to remove the stand first. Once you do, you can press a tab on the back panel that lets you easily slide off the back cover.

Dell offers a mixture of storage options for the OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One, including traditional 2.5-inch hard drives (from 500GB to 2TB) and

M.2 SSDs

(ranging from 128GB to 1TB). Dell also offers dual-drive arrangements with a full boot-drive SSD in the M.2 slot paired with a discrete mass-storage hard drive. Our test system features a 512GB M.2 SSD (of the PCI Express/NVMe variety) and has a free 2.5-inch internal drive bay.

Our test system also features an ample 16GB of memory, which helped it speed through our benchmarks and various casual multitasking scenarios without freezing or lagging. The cooling fan kicked in only during intensive graphics tasks; outside of media editing and 3D games, the system operated in utter silence.

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Windows 10 Pro comes standard, as does a wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo, a basic, compact set pictured above. Dell backs the system with a three-year warranty, with onsite service offered after the Dell support team has tried a remote diagnosis.

Testing the 7770: A Tale of Hyper-Threading

As mentioned earlier, the OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One can be configured with one of a host of 9th Generation Intel Core CPUs. They range from the Core i3-9100 to the mighty, eight-core/16-thread Core i9-9900.

Our test system features the

Intel Core i7-9700

, an eight-core chip with a base frequency of 3GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.7GHz. (Crucial to note: Unlike the Core i9, the Core i7 in this generation does not support thread-doubling Hyper-Threading, a departure from many earlier generations of Core i7 desktop CPUs.) Intel’s UHD 630 integrated graphics come standard (as part of the CPU), but Dell offers a lone upgrade option in the form of a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. While it offers a clear boost over integrated Intel graphics, the GTX 1050 is an entry-level graphics processor in Nvidia’s lineup that was released way back in 2016. It’s disappointing that Dell didn’t update the GPU offering with the GTX 1050’s replacement, the

GeForce GTX 1650

released earlier this year. (At the link is a review of a discrete desktop version of the GTX 1650.)

We compared the Dell OptiPlex 7770 to three other Windows-based all-in-ones: the

Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940

and

Acer Aspire Z 24

, which feature 8th Generation Core i7 desktop CPUs, and the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 mentioned earlier, with its 7th Generation Core i7 mobile-grade chip. Here are the component rudiments of all the PCs involved…

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The Aspire Z 24 relies on integrated graphics, but the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 and Surface Studio 2 feature dedicated graphics chips. Rounding out the charts is the 27-inch Apple iMac, which in PC Labs’ test model featured the 9th Generation Core i9-9900K CPU and AMD Radeon Pro graphics. The iMac, it should be noted, is incompatible with many of our Windows benchmarks but a useful comparison for our multimedia tests.

Productivity, Storage & Media Tests

PCMark 10 (Productivity Test) & PCMark 8 (Storage Test)

PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet work, web browsing, and videoconferencing. The test generates a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better.

PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a Storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the boot drive. This score is also a proprietary numeric score; again, higher numbers are better.

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The OptiPlex 7770 failed to take advantage of its new CPU and finished behind the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 and Surface Studio 2 on PCMark 10, a somewhat disappointing result given its generational CPU edge. (This will recur even more clearly in the next test.) The systems with SSDs finished the PCMark 8 Storage test with similar scores all well ahead of the Aspire Z 24’s result, showing the speed edge any SSD enjoys over a traditional hard drive.

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Cinebench R15

Next is Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads.

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No surprise: There was no catching the Apple iMac and its powerful Core i9 chip that boasts eight cores and 16 threads. The OptiPlex also finished behind the IdeaCentre Yoga A940, which features an older six-core chip but one that supports Hyper-Threading to allow for concurrent processing of 12 threads. As noted above, the OptiPlex 7770’s Core i7-9700 has eight cores but supports only eight concurrent threads, which has an effect in highly threaded applications like this.

Handbrake 1.1.1

Cinebench is often a good predictor of our Handbrake video-editing trial, another tough, threaded workout that’s highly CPU-dependent and scales well with cores and threads. In it, we put a stopwatch on test systems as they transcode a standard 12-minute clip of 4K video (the open source Blender demo movie

Tears of Steel

) to a 1080p MP4 file. It’s a timed test, and lower results are better.

Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Handbrake)Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Handbrake)

The OptiPlex 7770 did well on Handbrake, finishing behind only the Apple iMac, which has both CPU and GPU advantages.

Photoshop CC

We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. As with Handbrake, lower times are better here. The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so PCs with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost.

Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Photoshop)Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Photoshop)

The OptiPlex 7770 flexed its muscles on Photoshop, bumping the Apple iMac from its top perch, an unexpected result given the iMac’s more powerful components. Still, we can’t help but think what it could do with GeForce GTX 1650 graphics on board.

Graphics Tests

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3DMark Sky Diver & Fire Strike

3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are suited to different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is more suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and made for high-end PCs to strut their stuff. The results are proprietary scores.

Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (3DMark)Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (3DMark)

The OptiPlex 7770 performed admirably on our 3DMark benchmarks, trailing only the Surface Studio 2, which also features a last-generation, but much more powerful, GPU, the GeForce GTX 1070. It’s from the same era as the GTX 1050, but it offers double the video RAM at 8GB and is three ticks up the GeForce stack of its time.

Unigine Superposition

Next up is another synthetic graphics test, this time from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene and measures how the system copes. In this case, it’s rendered in the company’s eponymous Unigine engine, offering a different 3D workload scenario than 3DMark and a second opinion on the machine’s graphical prowess.

Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Superposition)Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Superposition)

As with the 3DMark tests, the OptiPlex 7770 finished second to the Surface Studio 2. It posted frame rates that indicate the system is capable of playing some games if you keep the resolution and quality settings in check. That said, this is a decidedly business-minded PC, and the main reason for a dedicated GPU in an AIO is for GPU-accelerated creative and professional applications that are not games.

Muscle and Flex, But Graphics That Perplex

Dell’s OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One is not the sleekest or prettiest AIO desktop on the market. But business users will enjoy the screen real estate afforded by the roomy display (and the virtual desktop space afforded by a 4K native resolution), as well as the compact design, flexible stand, and speedy performance. And budget managers will enjoy the ROI provided by 9th Generation Intel silicon, as well as the standard three-year onsite warranty included in the pricing of our tester.

Given that this configuration’s price is north of $2,000, however, the aging GeForce graphics looks like a bit of an anomaly. We have no reservations recommending the OptiPlex 7770 in its cheaper integrated graphics configurations to offices looking for a space-saving productivity machine. But it’s a weaker recommendation to creative departments that can get better graphics elsewhere—not to mention an even higher-resolution display, if that’s a key aspect to their AIO buy.

Dell OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One

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Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO-01

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$1,279.00 at Dell

MSRP $1,349.00

Pros

  • Competitive overall performance.
  • Crisp 4K display on flexible stand.
  • Portrait-orientation option.
  • Dynamic audio.
  • Loads of ports.
  • Easy-to-access interior.

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Cons

  • Single graphics option is limited and aging.
  • Core i7 in test model no longer supports Hyper-Threading.
  • Display options force choice between 4K native resolution and touch support.

The Bottom Line

Dell’s 27-inch OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One boasts a winning design, a pivoting 4K panel in our test model, and the latest Intel CPUs. Our one key quibble: Its GeForce graphics are stuck in the past.

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The last three OptiPlex All-in-One PCs took home Editors' Choice awards, and the latest, the Dell OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One (starts at $1,349; $2,250 as tested), is nearly identical, inside and out, to last year's <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-optiplex-7760-all-in-one">OptiPlex 7760</a>. The chassis remains the same, and the only major internal change is its move to Intel's latest CPU crop. The graphics, though: Dell offers 9th Generation Core processors but ignored the GPU, leaving you with a single upgrade option that's nearly three years old. 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Still, it looks sleek on the whole, thanks to its thin display bezels. Not only do they give the system a modern look, but they also help keep its footprint compact. The main portion of the chassis measures 15.3 by 24.2 by 2.3 inches (HWD) without the stand, and the rectangular stand itself is 11.3 inches wide by 10 inches deep.</p>rnrn<p><iframe width="300" height="150" style="width: 100%; height: 100%;" src="https://mashable.com/videos/blueprint:kEoDrJp2np/embed/?player=pcmag&amp;mute=true" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>rnrn<p>It's not as sharp as the display on the 27-inch Apple iMac (5,210 by 2,880 pixels) or the 28-inch <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-studio-2">Microsoft Surface Studio</a> (4,500 by 3,000 pixels), but the OptiPlex 7770's 27-inch screen still presents quite the pretty picture. The 4K (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) panel produces a razor-sharp image, allows for wide off-axis viewing, and enables a large workspace. Plus, the anti-glare screen finish is effective at combating shine and reflections from office lights and sunlight through windows. Dell's 4K display option here, however, lacks touch support. If you want a touchscreen display, you'll need to downgrade to a 1080p-native panel, alas. (Dell also offers the option for a non-touch 1080p screen.)</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO-05' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1280 720'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-3.fit_lim.size_1280x720.v_1569469972.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-3.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO-05' width='1280' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-3.fit_lim.size_1280x720.v_1569469972.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-3.jpg'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>A speaker bar runs the width of the system below the display. The two stereo speakers produce surprisingly rich sound. I even found myself enjoying music playback with something approaching a punchy bass response. 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Once you do, you can press a tab on the back panel that lets you easily slide off the back cover.</p>rnrn<p>Dell offers a mixture of storage options for the OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One, including traditional 2.5-inch hard drives (from 500GB to 2TB) and <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-m2-solid-state-drives">M.2 SSDs</a> (ranging from 128GB to 1TB). Dell also offers dual-drive arrangements with a full boot-drive SSD in the M.2 slot paired with a discrete mass-storage hard drive. Our test system features a 512GB M.2 SSD (of the PCI Express/NVMe variety) and has a free 2.5-inch internal drive bay.</p>rnrn<p>Our test system also features an ample 16GB of memory, which helped it speed through our benchmarks and various casual multitasking scenarios without freezing or lagging. The cooling fan kicked in only during intensive graphics tasks; outside of media editing and 3D games, the system operated in utter silence.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO-04' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1280 720'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-7.fit_lim.size_1280x720.v_1569469972.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-7.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO-04' width='1280' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-7.fit_lim.size_1280x720.v_1569469972.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-7.jpg'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>Windows 10 Pro comes standard, as does a wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo, a basic, compact set pictured above. Dell backs the system with a three-year warranty, with onsite service offered after the Dell support team has tried a remote diagnosis.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Testing the 7770: A Tale of Hyper-Threading</h2>rnrn<p>As mentioned earlier, the OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One can be configured with one of a host of 9th Generation Intel Core CPUs. They range from the Core i3-9100 to the mighty, eight-core/16-thread Core i9-9900.</p>rnrn<p>Our test system features the <a href="https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i7-processors/i7-9700.html" target="_blank">Intel Core i7-9700</a>, an eight-core chip with a base frequency of 3GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.7GHz. (Crucial to note: Unlike the Core i9, the Core i7 in this generation does not support thread-doubling Hyper-Threading, a departure from many earlier generations of Core i7 desktop CPUs.) Intel's UHD 630 integrated graphics come standard (as part of the CPU), but Dell offers a lone upgrade option in the form of a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. While it offers a clear boost over integrated Intel graphics, the GTX 1050 is an entry-level graphics processor in Nvidia's lineup that was released way back in 2016. It's disappointing that Dell didn't update the GPU offering with the GTX 1050's replacement, the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/zotac-geforce-gtx-1650-oc">GeForce GTX 1650</a> released earlier this year. (At the link is a review of a discrete desktop version of the GTX 1650.)</p>rnrn<p>We compared the Dell OptiPlex 7770 to three other Windows-based all-in-ones: the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-ideacentre-yoga-a940">Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940</a> and <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/acer-aspire-z-24">Acer Aspire Z 24</a>, which feature 8th Generation Core i7 desktop CPUs, and the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 mentioned earlier, with its 7th Generation Core i7 mobile-grade chip. Here are the component rudiments of all the PCs involved…</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Config Charts)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 764 516'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-8.fit_lim.size_764x516.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-8.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Config Charts)' width='764' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-8.fit_lim.size_764x516.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-8.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>The Aspire Z 24 relies on integrated graphics, but the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 and Surface Studio 2 feature dedicated graphics chips. Rounding out the charts is the 27-inch Apple iMac, which in PC Labs' test model featured the 9th Generation Core i9-9900K CPU and AMD Radeon Pro graphics. The iMac, it should be noted, is incompatible with many of our Windows benchmarks but a useful comparison for our multimedia tests.</p>rnrn<h2>Productivity, Storage &amp; Media Tests</h2>rnrn<h3>PCMark 10 (Productivity Test) &amp; PCMark 8 (Storage Test)</h3>rnrn<p>PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet work, web browsing, and videoconferencing. The test generates a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better.</p>rnrn<p>PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a Storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the boot drive. This score is also a proprietary numeric score; again, higher numbers are better.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (PCMark)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1165 876'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-9.fit_lim.size_1165x876.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-9.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (PCMark)' width='1165' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-9.fit_lim.size_1165x876.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-9.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>The OptiPlex 7770 failed to take advantage of its new CPU and finished behind the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 and Surface Studio 2 on PCMark 10, a somewhat disappointing result given its generational CPU edge. (This will recur even more clearly in the next test.) The systems with SSDs finished the PCMark 8 Storage test with similar scores all well ahead of the Aspire Z 24's result, showing the speed edge any SSD enjoys over a traditional hard drive.</p>rnrn<h3>Cinebench R15</h3>rnrn<p>Next is Maxon's CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Cinebench)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-10.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Cinebench)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-10.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>No surprise: There was no catching the Apple iMac and its powerful Core i9 chip that boasts eight cores and 16 threads. The OptiPlex also finished behind the IdeaCentre Yoga A940, which features an older six-core chip but one that supports Hyper-Threading to allow for concurrent processing of 12 threads. As noted above, the OptiPlex 7770's Core i7-9700 has eight cores but supports only eight concurrent threads, which has an effect in highly threaded applications like this.</p>rnrn<h3>Handbrake 1.1.1</h3>rnrn<p>Cinebench is often a good predictor of our Handbrake video-editing trial, another tough, threaded workout that's highly CPU-dependent and scales well with cores and threads. In it, we put a stopwatch on test systems as they transcode a standard 12-minute clip of 4K video (the open source Blender demo movie <a href="https://mango.blender.org/" target="_blank"><em>Tears of Steel</em></a>) to a 1080p MP4 file. It's a timed test, and lower results are better.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Handbrake)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-11.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Handbrake)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-11.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>The OptiPlex 7770 did well on Handbrake, finishing behind only the Apple iMac, which has both CPU and GPU advantages.</p>rnrn<h3>Photoshop CC</h3>rnrn<p>We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. As with Handbrake, lower times are better here. The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so PCs with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Photoshop)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-12.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-12.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Photoshop)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-12.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-12.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>The OptiPlex 7770 flexed its muscles on Photoshop, bumping the Apple iMac from its top perch, an unexpected result given the iMac's more powerful components. Still, we can't help but think what it could do with GeForce GTX 1650 graphics on board.</p>rnrn<h2>Graphics Tests</h2>rnrn<h3>3DMark Sky Diver &amp; Fire Strike</h3>rnrn<p>3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are suited to different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is more suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and made for high-end PCs to strut their stuff. The results are proprietary scores.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (3DMark)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 744 563'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-13.fit_lim.size_744x563.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-13.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (3DMark)' width='744' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-13.fit_lim.size_744x563.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-13.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>The OptiPlex 7770 performed admirably on our 3DMark benchmarks, trailing only the Surface Studio 2, which also features a last-generation, but much more powerful, GPU, the GeForce GTX 1070. It's from the same era as the GTX 1050, but it offers double the video RAM at 8GB and is three ticks up the GeForce stack of its time.</p>rnrn<h3>Unigine Superposition</h3>rnrn<p>Next up is another synthetic graphics test, this time from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene and measures how the system copes. In this case, it's rendered in the company's eponymous Unigine engine, offering a different 3D workload scenario than 3DMark and a second opinion on the machine's graphical prowess.</p>rnrn<p><span><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Superposition)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 746 547'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-14.fit_lim.size_746x547.v_1569469972.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-14.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Dell OptiPlex 7770 AIO (Superposition)' width='746' src='/imagery/reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-14.fit_lim.size_746x547.v_1569469972.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/03prLeAEKK7TPrvaOQs9hJI-14.png'></noscript></span></p>rnrn<p>As with the 3DMark tests, the OptiPlex 7770 finished second to the Surface Studio 2. It posted frame rates that indicate the system is capable of playing some games if you keep the resolution and quality settings in check. That said, this is a decidedly business-minded PC, and the main reason for a dedicated GPU in an AIO is for GPU-accelerated creative and professional applications that are <em>not</em> games.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Muscle and Flex, But Graphics That Perplex</h2>rnrn<p>Dell's OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One is not the sleekest or prettiest AIO desktop on the market. But business users will enjoy the screen real estate afforded by the roomy display (and the virtual desktop space afforded by a 4K native resolution), as well as the compact design, flexible stand, and speedy performance. And budget managers will enjoy the ROI provided by 9th Generation Intel silicon, as well as the standard three-year onsite warranty included in the pricing of our tester.</p>rnrn<p>Given that this configuration's price is north of $2,000, however, the aging GeForce graphics looks like a bit of an anomaly. We have no reservations recommending the OptiPlex 7770 in its cheaper integrated graphics configurations to offices looking for a space-saving productivity machine. 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Our one key quibble: Its GeForce graphics are stuck in the past.","best_for":"Best for Space-Strapped Office Creatives","first_published_at":"2019-09-19T11:20:00.000000Z","published_at":"2019-09-19T11:20:00.000000Z","last_published_at":"2019-09-19T11:21:13.000000Z","scheduled_at":null,"created_at":"2019-09-12T16:27:01.000000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-19T16:21:12.000000Z","related_reviews":[{"id":5041,"legacy_id":367652,"luna_user_id":null,"uuid":"01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ","status":"Published","product_uuid":"00MYFMAlCCVqC3dby2ixhWd","spec_sheet_uuid":null,"title":"Acer Aspire Z 24","slug":"acer-aspire-z-24","deck":null,"is_editors_choice":false,"is_preview":false,"show_specs":false,"show_toc":true,"score":"3.0","people_involved":null,"hours_spent":null,"hours_researched":null,"word_count":1866,"body":"<p>The Apple iMac remains the standard bearer for the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-all-in-one-computers">all-in-one desktop</a> concept. As such, it's difficult to review any such machine without gazing at Apple's ideal. Next to the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-215-inch-2019">21.5-inch iMac</a>, the Acer Aspire Z 24 looks good at first glance, considering its larger 23.8-inch screen, superior CPU, and extra storage for the same $1,099 (which is the starting price for the iMac and the top price for the Z 24, which starts at $799). The Acer loses to the Apple on design, however, delivering a basic (read: boring) plastic enclosure to the iMac's brushed-aluminum, minimalist sleekness. Despite its advantages in display size and components, the Aspire Z 24 doesn't do enough to topple the category leader.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Aluminum &gt; Plastic</h2>rnrn<p>The Aspire Z 24 offers a silver-and-black color scheme, but its silver parts are made not from aluminum but plastic. Such an enclosure is all right for a low-end all-in-one, but I start to expect less plastic and more metal when the price heads north of $1,000. The Acer uses a plastic enclosure for the display/PC portion, as well as plastic for the base. (My specific test unit is the model Z24-890-UR12.)</p>rnrn<p><span id="docs-internal-guid-9b7ad7c8-7fff-607a-fd6d-4d63a66d2f0a"><span><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-14.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Meet the Acer Aspire Z 24', 'Acer Aspire Z 24', 'The Aspire Z 24 is an affordable all-in-one desktop with a potent six-core processor, though its cost savings show in its construction (it\'s plastic rather than aluminum, for instance, and even Optane Memory can\'t turn its hard drive into an SSD).');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 810 456'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-1.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24' width='810' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-1.jpg'></noscript></a></span></span></span></p>rnrn<p>The system measures 17.3 by 21.3 by 1.4 inches (HWD). Even though its display is larger than the 21.5-inch iMac's, the Aspire is the more compact of the two because of its thin display bezels. Apple still outfits the iMac with ridiculously wide bezels, particularly the wide swath of brushed aluminum below the display. By contrast, the Z 24 features razor-thin bezels to provide the maximum of screen real estate in a compact package.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-15.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Thin Bezels', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 thin bezel', 'Like the latest laptops, the Z 24 features skinny screen bezels that help you focus on its full HD display.');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 thin bezel' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1600 1200'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-2.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-2.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 thin bezel' width='1600' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-2.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-2.jpg'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Screen bezels, however, are the Aspire Z 24's only design advantage. The iMac features sleek, brushed-aluminum surfaces and a seamless front, the latter thanks to edge-to-edge glass that covers the display. The Aspire, in contrast, has a fairly wide seam between the edges of the display and the silver border that frames it. And the black plastic piece that runs below the screen sits on top of the display and the silver border. It looks clunky.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-16.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Bottom Bezel', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 bottom bezel', 'A faintly clunky-looking black plastic piece runs the width of the screen, and there\'s a gap between the edges of the display and the silver border that frames it.');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 bottom bezel' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1600 1200'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-3.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-3.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 bottom bezel' width='1600' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-3.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-3.jpg'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The display sits rather high above your desk. After setting it up, I went to lower it a tad and was disappointed to discover that the stand does not provide any height adjustment&mdash;only tilt.</p>rnrn<p>Most of the system's useful selection of ports are grouped together and easily accessible on the back panel. You get both HDMI-in and -out ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB 2.0 port, and an Ethernet port. (The HDMI input is handy, letting you use the AIO as a monitor with another video source, before or after its useful service life as a PC has passed.)</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-17.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Rear Ports', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 ports', 'Around the back, you\'ll find HDMI-in and -out ports, one USB-C and two USB-A 3.1 ports plus a USB 2.0 port, and an Ethernet jack. The audio jack and SD card slot are up front.');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 ports' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1600 1200'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-4.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-4.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 ports' width='1600' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-4.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-4.jpg'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<p>On the bottom edge below the display you'll find a headphone jack and an SD card slot, both of which force you to hunch down and tilt the screen back as far as it will go in order to locate them. In a bit of a surprise, a DVD drive is located on the system's right side. Most all-in-one PCs (indeed, most desktops, period) have jettisoned the optical drive by now, so it's a bit of a throwback to encounter one here.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>One Webcam, Four Microphones?</h2>rnrn<p>The touch screen features 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution, which is the same resolution you get on the $1,099 iMac model but fewer pixels than on the new Retina 4K iMacs. Still, the Z 24's picture is fairly sharp unless you scoot too close to the display, where you can begin to see the screen-door effect of the gaps between individual pixels. From a few feet away, however, 1080p videos and HD photos look crisp. The display is an IPS panel and provides wide viewing angles and accurate colors.</p>rnrn<p>The system's speakers fire downward from below the display and offer above-average output. They produce surprisingly full sound and provide more than enough oomph for videos and movies, even sufficing for enjoyable music playback as long as you don't need the bass response to rattle the windows.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-18.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Webcam', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 webcam', 'The 1080p webcam captures good-quality video, and the four microphones provide excellent, clean audio for online chats and conferences.');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 webcam' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1600 1200'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-5.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-5.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 webcam' width='1600' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-5.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-5.jpg'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Above the display, in a long panel, perch an HD webcam and four microphones. The mics feature far-field voice technology, which Acer claims will hear your voice from four meters away. I tested it and can confirm that range. The PC obviously works with Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana, and it's also labeled as "Amazon Alexa enabled," which is a bit misleading because any Windows 10 PC will work with Alexa if you download it from the Microsoft Store. I thought perhaps this tag meant that Alexa came preloaded on the system, but it was nowhere to be found.</p>rnrn<p>The microphone array also did an outstanding job in providing clean audio for videoconferencing. The webcam itself can record up to 1080p video, and the videos I recorded showed accurate colors and good contrast.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-19.v_1569469947.jpg', 'Keyboard and Mouse', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 keyboard and mouse', 'A rather generic wireless mouse and keyboard come with the system. They work capably, but we disliked the mouse\'s narrow, pinched shape.');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 keyboard and mouse' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 1600 1200'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-6.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-6.jpg'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 keyboard and mouse' width='1600' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-6.fit_lim.size_1600x1200.v_1569469947.jpg' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-6.jpg'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Acer bundles a wireless keyboard and mouse with the system. Both are perfectly serviceable, but the mouse's narrow, pinched shape does not provide the best ergonomic fit. The mouse is difficult to pick up when attempting to reposition it.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>The Performance Punches Up</h2>rnrn<p>The $1,099 Acer Aspire Z 24 configuration features a six-core, 2.4GHz Core i7-8700T processor with Intel HD 630 integrated graphics; 8GB of RAM; and a 2TB hard drive with 16GB of <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/intel-optane-memory">Intel Optane Memory</a>&mdash;a cache that lends a traditional hard drive some of the speedy responsiveness of a solid-state drive. While the 2TB of storage is certainly substantial and appreciated, I would be happy to sacrifice some capacity for an honest-to-goodness SSD if only to make the system quieter. Unless you are availing yourself of the system's rocking speakers, you can hear the hard drive whirring almost constantly.</p>rnrn<p>For PC Labs' formal performance benchmarks, I compared the Aspire Z 24 to the much pricier <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-studio-2">Microsoft Surface Studio 2</a>, the 21.5-inch and <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-27-inch-with-5k-retina-display-2019">27-inch Apple iMac</a>, and the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-mac-mini-2018">Apple Mac Mini</a>. None of these systems is a perfect fit to pit against the Acer, but PC Labs recently began testing with a new, revised suite of benchmarks and at the moment has a limited database of all-in-one desktop results.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-20.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Config Charts)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Config Charts)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Config Charts)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 748 497'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-7.fit_lim.size_748x497.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-7.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Config Charts)' width='748' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-7.fit_lim.size_748x497.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-7.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>On the whole, the Aspire Z 24 delivered strong application performance, while its integrated graphics were predictably lackluster when it came to gaming. Anecdotally, it felt peppy during general Windows use and proved its worth under multitasking scenarios as well as with light media editing.</p>rnrn<h2>Productivity, Storage, and Media Tests</h2>rnrn<h3>PCMark 10 (Productivity Test) and PCMark 8 (Storage Test)</h3>rnrn<p>PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheeting, Web browsing, and videoconferencing. The test generates a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better.</p>rnrn<p>PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a Storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the system's storage subsystem. This score is also a proprietary numeric score; again, higher numbers are better.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-21.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (PCMark)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (PCMark)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (PCMark)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 753 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-8.fit_lim.size_753x565.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-8.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (PCMark)' width='753' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-8.fit_lim.size_753x565.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-8.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Apple systems aren't compatible with PCMark tests, so we can compare the Aspire Z 24's performance only to that of the Microsoft Surface Studio 2. The Aspire Z 24's score in the mid-3,000s is right within the expected range, but you can see what a faster (if older) Core i7, four times the memory, and GeForce graphics do to aid performance. On the Storage test, the Aspire Z 24's Optane drive helped it achieve a respectable score, but it's not at the same level as the Surface Studio 2's and its true SSD.</p>rnrn<h3>Cinebench R15</h3>rnrn<p>Next is Maxon's CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-22.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Cinebench)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Cinebench)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Cinebench)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-9.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-9.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Cinebench)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-9.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-9.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Aspire easily outpaced the Surface Studio 2 on Cinebench, thanks to its six cores and 12 processing threads. The Microsoft desktop's Core i7 chip has four cores and eight threads. The Aspire Z 24 edged the 21.5-inch iMac, which uses an unthreaded six-core Core i5 processor with a higher clock speed.</p>rnrn<h3>Handbrake 1.1.1</h3>rnrn<p>Cinebench is often a good predictor of our Handbrake video-editing trial, another tough, threaded workout that's highly CPU-dependent and scales well with cores and threads. In it, we put a stopwatch on test systems as they transcode a standard 12-minute clip of 4K video (the open source Blender demo movie <a href="https://mango.blender.org/" target="_blank"><em>Tears of Steel)</em></a> to a 1080p MP4 file. It's a timed test, and lower results are better.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-23.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Handbrake)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Handbrake)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Handbrake)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-10.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Handbrake)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-10.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Core i5- and Core i7-based systems were closely grouped together on Handbrake, with the Core i3-based Mac Mini trailing far behind, and the Core i9-based 27-inch iMac leading the pack.</p>rnrn<h3>Photoshop CC</h3>rnrn<p>We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. As with Handbrake, lower times are better here. The Photoshop test stresses the CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-24.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Photoshop CC)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Photoshop CC)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Photoshop CC)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 773 565'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-11.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Photoshop CC)' width='773' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-11.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Aspire Z 24 performed admirably on Photoshop, keeping up with or outpacing the other systems that enjoy the advantage of dedicated graphics.</p>rnrn<h2>Graphics Tests</h2>rnrn<h3>3DMark Sky Diver and Fire Strike</h3>rnrn<p>3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are suited to different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is more suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and made for high-end PCs to strut their stuff. The results are proprietary scores.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-25.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (3DMark) ', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (3DMark) ', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (3DMark) ' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 744 563'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-12.fit_lim.size_744x563.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-12.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (3DMark) ' width='744' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-12.fit_lim.size_744x563.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-12.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Aspire Z 24 turned in predictably poor graphics scores, as would any system that relies on integrated graphics.</p>rnrn<h3>Unigine Superposition</h3>rnrn<p>Next up is another synthetic graphics test, this time from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene and measures how the system copes. In this case, it's rendered in the company's eponymous Unigine engine, offering a different 3D workload scenario than 3DMark, for a second opinion on the machine's graphical prowess.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage('/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-26.v_1569469947.png', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Superposition)', 'Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Superposition)', '');"><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Superposition)' src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 746 547'%3E%3Crect fill='%23f7f7f7' /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-13.fit_lim.size_746x547.v_1569469947.png"}' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-13.png'><noscript inline-template><img alt='Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO (Superposition)' width='746' src='/imagery/reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-13.fit_lim.size_746x547.v_1569469947.png' align="center" data-image-path='reviews/01Z1IFsTzVyVVI16PrW38dQ-13.png'></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Aspire Z 24 failed to hit the minimum threshold of 30 frames per second for smooth gameplay on the Superposition tests, which proves for the umpteenth time that a system with integrated graphics is a poor choice for gamers.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Design &lt; Performance</h2>rnrn<p>With its powerful 8th Generation Core i7 processor, the Acer Aspire Z 24 boasts strong application performance that competes with pricier all-in-ones, but its all-plastic design makes it look like a budget model. And I'm not keen on its 1080p display, which is coarse with the dreaded screen-door effect. Unless you plan to put the system in an out-of-the-way room or back office, I am still drawn to the aluminum sleekness of the 21.5-inch Apple iMac for the same price. 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The iMac’s latest update suggests that Apple <em>knows</em> the iMac is still in a good place. The new model brings a welcome performance improvement, but nothing more. The 27-inch version reviewed here (starts at $1,799; $3,449 as tested) puts cutting-edge components into a PC design that’s exquisite but familiar, having changed little since 2015. This modern classic is your only option for a large-screen, macOS-based all-in-one. Fortunately, it remains an excellent one.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>The Improvements Are All Inside</h2>rnrn<p>You can’t see the new features on the 27-inch iMac, at least not without prying it open and voiding the included one-year warranty. That’s because they’re all about refreshed processors, GPUs, and memory tweaks.</p>rnrn<p>The CPU options now include either a 3GHz, six-core Intel Core i5, or the eight-core, 2.6GHz Intel Core i9 in our review model. The latter is from Intel’s latest and greatest 9th Generation "Coffee Lake" line.</p>rnrn<p><iframe width="300" height="150" style="width: 100%; height: 100%;" src="https://mashable.com/videos/blueprint:WwozR5YVoN/embed/?player=pcmag&amp;mute=true" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>rnrn<p>New graphics options include Radeon Pro 500-series GPUs with either 4GB or 8GB of video memory, or the Radeon Pro Vega 48 in our review unit. The Vega 48 is a significant upgrade, because it moves the 27-inch iMac just below the entry-level <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-pro">iMac Pro</a>, with its Radeon Pro Vega 56. For people who need lots of graphics muscle but don’t care about the Xeon CPU or other elite accoutrements that make up the iMac Pro’s lofty $5,000 starting price, the 27-inch iMac is now a more viable option.</p>rnrnrn<p>The iMac is available in 21-inch and 27-inch screen sizes, but I believe that the latter looks the best on your desk, assuming you’ve got enough room. That’s because its proportions seem the most appropriate. The large black borders&mdash;bezels&mdash;that surround the display are thick and prominent, matching the reflective black Apple logo mounted at the bottom center. On the 21-inch iMac, these borders seem oversize relative to the screen size and incongruous in a world of ever-slimming bezels on competing all-in-ones and large PC monitors.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-9.v_1569469955.jpg’, ‘Large Black Bezels’, ‘Large Black Bezels’, ‘The large black bordersu2014called bezelsu2014that surround the display are thick and prominent, matching the reflective black Apple logo mounted at the bottom center. The 27-inch iMac takes these borders in stride, managing to make them look sleek and modern.’);"><img alt=’Large Black Bezels’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-1.jpg’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Large Black Bezels’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-1.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>With its much larger screen, however, the 27-inch iMac takes these borders in stride, managing to make them look sleek and modern. The rest of the iMac mirrors that classy, minimalist look, clad in the same brushed-silver aluminum case that’s been around since 2015. Apple describes it as simple, stylish, and uncluttered, and I tend to agree. I also think the Space Gray iMac Pro and MacBooks look even better, but the iMac remains available only in silver.</p>rnrn<p>Stand included, the system measures 20.3 by 25.6 by 8 inches (HWD) and weighs 20.8 pounds. The stand lets you tilt the iMac forward or back, but as ever, it doesn’t feature height adjustment. That makes it much less flexible than the stands on two of the iMac’s chief competitors. Both the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-27-kaby-lake-2017">Dell XPS 27</a> and the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-studio-2">Microsoft Surface Studio 2</a> <span data-commerce-link="04kx3nF9WZcxNHNfRWsK71G"></span> are far more flexible, with stands that even allow you to lay them flat on your desk.</p>rnrn<p>In lieu of the stand, you can opt for an iMac with a VESA mounting bracket preinstalled, for mounting it to the wall or a third-party stand. In either case, the dimensions compare favorably with one of the iMac’s chief Windows-based competitors, the Dell XPS 27 <span data-commerce-link="01Uax0xG2EZy8hnQXZ0EaAj"></span> . That all-in-one PC is roughly the same size (17 by 25 by 3 inches without stand), but its abundance of built-in speakers makes it an astonishing 38 pounds, far too unwieldy to rotate should you need to plug peripherals into the rear ports.</p>rnrn<p>The iMac, by contrast, is easy to swivel with one hand on your desk, which is a good thing because all of its ports are mounted at the rear, along the right edge. These include four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two oval-shaped USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a full-size SD card slot, a headphone jack, and the port for the power adapter.</p>rnrn<p>The inclusion of USB Type-A ports is especially notable, since they’re required to charge Apple mobile devices using their included power adapters, but absent from all but one of Apple’s MacBook laptop models. The iMac also includes a Kensington-style locking slot mounted behind the stand, and a power button on the lower left edge.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-10.v_1569469955.jpg’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2202’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2202′, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2202′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-2.jpg’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2202′ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-2.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Notably absent from the port selection is a dedicated video output. The 27-inch iMac can support up to two external 4K monitors with 60Hz refresh rates, but you’ll likely need to buy USB-C-to-DisplayPort or USB-C-to-HDMI adapters to connect them.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>The Usual Stunning Retina Display</h2>rnrn<p>Meanwhile, returning to the front face of the 2019 iMac, the Retina 5K display is the same great screen as ever. "Retina" means different things on different Apple devices, but with a native resolution of 5,120 by 2,880 pixels and support for 1 billion colors, this screen is the peak of the family and among the best you can find on <em>any</em> all-in-one. Text is razor-sharp, and macOS Finder windows look gorgeous.</p>rnrn<p>The screen was one of the main upgrades during <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-27-inch-with-5k-retina-display-2017">the 2017 iMac refresh</a>, when Apple increased its brightness to the current 500-nit maximum. It covers 100 percent of the sRGB spectrum, 87 percent of NTSC, and 92 percent of Adobe RGB, according to the colorimeter tests PC Labs performed in 2017. It’s the same screen now, which means that Apple elected not to add the TrueTone automatic white-balance adjustment that is now available on some of its other products.</p>rnrn<p>There’s also no touch screen on the iMac. Consumer all-in-one PCs are some of the key beneficiaries of touch support in Windows 10, letting family members swipe through calendars or casserole recipes. But Apple is persistent in withholding full-screen touch support from macOS. Fortunately, a host of third-party accessories, like the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/logitech-craft">Logitech Craft</a> <span data-commerce-link="04SlsPQ0wlsTZKmn1uCIrgk"></span> keyboard, offer alternative input methods for creative pros who might otherwise be attracted to the Surface Studio and its numerous input options.</p>rnrn<p>Apple includes a wireless <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-magic-keyboard">Magic Keyboard</a> and <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-magic-mouse-2">Magic Mouse 2</a> with the iMac, upgradable to a Magic Keyboard with number pad and a <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-magic-trackpad-2">Magic Trackpad 2</a> for an additional charge. I find the peripherals as exquisitely designed&mdash;as desk candy&mdash;as the rest of the iMac, and appreciate that they come already charged and paired with the computer.</p>rnrn<p>But they’re not very comfortable. The keyboard is cramped and offers very short key travel, though not quite as short as the beleaguered butterfly-switch board on the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-15-inch-2018">MacBook Pro</a>, which has resulted in <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/news/apple-finally-addresses-macbook-keyboard-issue-with-free-repairs">recalls</a> and lawsuits. The mouse is also too flat for my liking and can’t be charged and used at the same time, since its Lightning charging port is located on the back side.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-11.v_1569469955.jpg’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2189’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2189′, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2189′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-3.jpg’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2189′ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-3.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>You can make FaceTime calls using the webcam centered above the display. It offers adequate video quality, though it’s a shame that Apple didn’t update its resolution to the full HD (1080p) that the iMac Pro’s camera boasts. There’s also no ability to log in using face recognition, a key feature on the iPhone, iPad, and many Windows laptops and desktops.</p>rnrn<p>Audio quality is excellent, with the iMac’s stereo speakers offering dimensional sound and surprisingly robust bass while I listened to the bass-heavy track "The Knife" by Silent Shout. They’re still no match for the Dell XPS 27’s astonishing audio quality, made possible by its six front-firing speakers and four downward-firing ones.</p>rnrn<p>Wireless connections include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, while storage options include either SSD/hard disk Fusion Drives, or single solid-state drives (SSDs). The latter is a more expensive choice, but it ensures the fastest storage performance. Our review unit comes with a 512GB SSD, which is a relatively small capacity for such an expensive machine. With ever-decreasing SSD prices, I wish Apple would ditch the Fusion Drives and move exclusively to superior SSDs. The company isn’t alone in sticking with combo drives, though: They’re also offered on the Dell XPS 27.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-12.v_1569469955.jpg’, ‘Rear View’, ‘Rear View’, ‘The iMac is easy to swivel with one hand on your desk, which is a good thing because all of its ports are mounted at the rear, along the right edge.’);"><img alt=’Rear View’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-4.jpg’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Rear View’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-4.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The new iMac features upgraded 2,666MHz DDR4 memory, which the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-mac-mini-2018">Mac mini</a> <span data-commerce-link="064sCyS3pktoqkLUjTasie4"></span> also uses. It’s available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB capacities. Although faster memory is a nice marginal benefit, if you’re a power user who frequently browses the web with dozens of tabs open, the amount of memory you choose is far more important than the speed. The 16GB or 32GB capacities are the sweet spots; our review unit comes with 16GB.</p>rnrn<p>The iMac ships with macOS Mojave, a largely bloatware-free operating system as exquisitely designed as the iMac itself. For more on the new features in Mojave, <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macos-mojave">check out our full review of the OS</a>.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>The iMac i9: Knocking Out Better Performance</h2>rnrn<p>Apple’s main goal with the 2019 iMac refresh is eking out better performance, and based on PCMag’s testing, it appears to have accomplished this with aplomb in the Core i9-powered version. Although Apple doesn’t publish the specific CPU models it uses, the specs it does publish suggest that the iMac is using Intel’s <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/intel-core-i9-9900k">Core i9-9900K</a>. This is a proficient but pricey CPU, retailing for $499 if bought separately. The performance of this multithreaded chip is also quite well-rounded. Its eight cores and 16 threads can chew through threaded workflows like rendering video, while its 5GHz maximum clock speed can attack "bursty" workflows like creating financial or meteorological models.</p>rnrn<p>So it’s no surprise that the 27-inch iMac smoked its 21-inch little sibling, equipped with a Core i5 CPU, on our performance benchmarks. I compared these two machines with the XPS 27 and the Surface Studio 2, with configurations listed below.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-13.v_1569469955.png’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 767 497’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-5.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469955.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-5.png’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ width=’767′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-5.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469955.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-5.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>One of the most important measures of aptitude for challenging workflows is the Cinebench test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. It stresses the CPU to render a complex image, resulting in a proprietary score…</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-14.v_1569469955.png’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-6.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469955.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-6.png’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-6.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469955.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-6.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The iMac’s score of 1,734 on this test is notable, not necessarily because it’s nearly twice as high as the cheaper 21-inch iMac’s, but because it’s comparable with the iMac Pro’s score and light years ahead of the Surface Studio 2’s score. In the configuration we tested, the Surface Studio 2 is $4,199, or nearly $800 more than the 27-inch iMac.</p>rnrn<p>The Cinebench score is theoretical, but our Adobe Photoshop CC test is an example of an actual scenario that an iMac owner is likely to perform frequently. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-15.v_1569469955.png’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ‘Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-7.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469955.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-7.png’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac 27-inch (2019) Performance Charts’ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-7.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469955.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-7.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>That is indeed the case with the 27-inch iMac, which completed this test in less than two and a half minutes. The Surface Studio 2, with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, didn’t come close. We tested the XPS 27 and iMac Pro using an old version of this test with different methodology, so they are not represented in the chart.</p>rnrn<p>Since the Photoshop test uses more computing resources than Cinebench does, much of the 27-inch iMac’s advantage here is likely due to our review unit’s excellent SSD and bumped-up Radeon Pro GPU. The SSD can write data at an average of 1,915MBps and read it at an average of 2,548MBps, as measured by the Blackmagic benchmark test. Compare that with write speeds of 700MBps and read speeds of 1,110MBps for the 21-inch iMac, which uses a slower Fusion Drive.</p>rnrn<p>Likewise, the Radeon Pro Vega 48 has twice the video memory and more than twice the graphics-core count as the Vega 20 in the 2019 21-inch iMac PC Labs tested. On the Cinebench OpenGL test, which measures graphics performance by simulating a short scene from a car-racing video game, the 27-inch offered 151 frames per second (fps), while the 21-inch offered just 118fps.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>iDeserve Your Investment</h2>rnrn<p>While the 2017 iMac delivered faster components, newer ports, and a brighter display than its 2015 predecessor, the 2019 version offers only the first improvement. Thanks to the Core i9 and Radeon Pro Vega 48, it is a significant one, but at more than $3,000, it is also an expensive one.</p>rnrn<p>Still, competitors like the Surface Studio 2 can be even more expensive and offer lesser computing performance, at least in the configurations we reviewed. On a performance-per-dollar basis, then, the iMac holds its own in a way that Apple computers frequently haven’t done in the past.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-16.v_1569469955.jpg’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2193’, ‘Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2193′, ”);"><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2193′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-8.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-8.jpg’><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Apple iMac (2019) (27 inch) 2193′ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-8.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469955.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-8.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Apple chose to only update the iMac’s processors, memory, and storage, but these components aren’t the only basis on which to select a computer, of course. The iMac is lucky to excel in several other areas, such as head-turning styling, a gorgeous screen, and an excellent software complement. But it falls short with no touch support and little stand flexibility. Its basic design is also four years old, an eternity in personal-tech years.</p>rnrn<p>These deficiencies, ultimately, aren’t major enough for us to withdraw from recommending the 27-inch iMac as one of the best all-in-one computers you can buy, however. 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In lieu of the stand, you can opt for an iMac with a VESA mounting bracket preinstalled, for mounting it to the wall or a third-party stand.","alt_text":"Inflexible Stand","legacy_id":"626464","thumbnail":false,"description":"","legacy_size":"large","photo_credit":null,"hero_position":7,"load_image_bits":false,"legacy_updated_at":"2019-03-29 15:57:07.923"}},{"index":24,"path":"reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-24.jpg","extension":"jpg","animated":false,"width":810,"height":456,"hash":"fc2b239ab01db75f2b773126a512208a","timestamp":1569477399,"metadata":{"hero":true,"logo":false,"title":"Sleek, Modern, Silver Only","caption":"Apple describes the iMac as simple, stylish, and uncluttered, and I tend to agree. I also think the Space Gray iMac Pro and MacBooks look even better, but the iMac remains available only in silver.","alt_text":"Sleek, Modern, Silver Only","legacy_id":"626465","thumbnail":false,"description":"","legacy_size":"large","photo_credit":null,"hero_position":8,"load_image_bits":false,"legacy_updated_at":"2019-03-29 15:57:07.923"}},{"index":null,"path":"reviews/07LLQWrr7cxOWl7ebgWvNe7-25.jpg","extension":"jpg","animated":false,"width":181,"height":150,"hash":"59c001405bd047787a7a0407b139c3d1","timestamp":1575681003,"metadata":{"hero":false,"logo":false,"title":"Best of the year 2019 Bug","caption":"","alt_text":"Best of the year 2019 Bug","legacy_id":"661497","thumbnail":false,"description":"181, Best of the year 2019 Bug","legacy_size":"small","photo_credit":null,"hero_position":null,"load_image_bits":false,"legacy_updated_at":"2019-11-19 08:47:55.953"}}],"metadata":[]},"pros":"Gorgeous Retina display.nSleek styling and extreme attention to detail.nTop-notch computing performance.nSolid sound quality.nExcellent software bundle.","cons":"Expensive as configured.nSmall storage capacity.nNo HDMI or dedicated DisplayPort output.nLacks height adjustment.nNo touch screen.n","bottom_line":"With a newly available Intel Core i9 CPU and updated AMD Radeon Pro graphics, the 2019 reboot of the 27-inch Apple iMac all-in-one is now as powerful as it is beautiful.","best_for":"Best for Creative Professionals","first_published_at":"2019-03-29T16:25:00.000000Z","published_at":"2019-03-29T16:25:00.000000Z","last_published_at":"2019-11-26T14:05:56.000000Z","scheduled_at":null,"created_at":"2019-03-28T19:34:07.000000Z","updated_at":"2019-11-26T19:05:54.000000Z","pivot":{"review_id":8959,"related_review_id":6234,"rank":2,"created_at":"2020-01-12T00:07:18.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-12T00:07:18.000000Z"}},{"id":3597,"legacy_id":369451,"luna_user_id":null,"uuid":"03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD","status":"Published","product_uuid":"03AEss80CGpRUfcPkGPqaez","spec_sheet_uuid":null,"title":"Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940","slug":"lenovo-ideacentre-yoga-a940","deck":null,"is_editors_choice":false,"is_preview":false,"show_specs":false,"show_toc":true,"score":"3.5","people_involved":null,"hours_spent":null,"hours_researched":null,"word_count":3718,"body":"<p>The IdeaCentre Yoga A940 (starts at $2,299.99, in the model tested) is Lenovo’s take on Microsoft’s Surface Studio concept: that is, a convertible <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-all-in-one-computers">all-in-one desktop</a>. Like the Studio’s, the A940’s touch screen reclines for use as a digital drafting board, making it possible to sketch, model, and do general tasks all on one PC. Two useful accessories, a stylus and the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-dial">Surface Dial</a>-like Precision Dial, come bundled, and the A940 packs a bit more speed than the Studio 2 at a lower price. By and large, the A940 hits its target, but it underwhelms in places, notably in the quality of its build and screen. The <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-studio-2">Surface Studio 2</a> remains our top pick in this admittedly niche category of PCs, but if you’re on a tighter budget and the concept syncs with your workflow, the Yoga 940 is a unique, functional alternative.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Living Up to the Yoga Name: A Convertible All-in-One Desktop</h2>rnrn<p>On its own merits, the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 is a uniquely handy desktop. The concept behind all-in-one (AIO) PCs like this and the Surface Studio is that they simultaneously serve as professional PCs for work and as sketch panels for digital creation.</p>rnrn<p>To this end, Lenovo’s desktop works. The display measures 27 inches diagonally, with a two-pronged rear hinge that lets you stand it upright like a normal desktop monitor, or lean it back at a steep slant for easier drawing and other creative endeavors, stopping at any degree of incline in its range. The maximum recline angle is 25 degrees&mdash;it doesn’t go completely flat, nor could it with the base in the way. The hinge takes a tad more force to move than you may expect, but it won’t slip out of position too easily when in use.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-21.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Reclining Display’, ‘Reclining Display’, ‘The display measures 27 inches diagonally, with a two-pronged rear hinge that lets you stand it upright like a normal desktop monitor, or angle it back for easier drawing and other creative endeavors.’);"><img alt=’Reclining Display’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-1.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Reclining Display’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-1.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrnrn<p>One design decision I had to get used to (a seemingly intentional one) is that, when you’re reclining the screen, the bottom of the panel will hit the desk about midway through the tilt range. A pad on its bottom edge cushions the impact, stopping your free motion briefly, which can be jarring. This initial spot of resistance is a good angle at which to use the A940 screen while standing, so it braces itself against the desk somewhat. If you keep pushing on, it slides (not overly smoothly) along your desk surface until it hits the lowest incline point, should you prefer a lesser angle. Overall, though, the recline function is intuitive and works.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-22.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Subpar Screen’, ‘Subpar Screen’, ‘On paper, the display sounds great: The screen is IPS with a 4K resolution, features multi-touch, and covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color spectrum. In reality, though, the picture looks a bit dull.’);"><img alt=’Subpar Screen’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-2.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Subpar Screen’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-2.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>While it’s not the only other reclining all-in-one we’ve tested, the Surface Studio 2<span data-commerce-link="04kx3nF9WZcxNHNfRWsK71G"></span> is the obvious comparison here. And to put it simply, the Yoga A940’s build isn’t as high-quality as the Studio 2’s construction. I’ll cover each of these in more detail, but it’s thicker, it’s less sleek, it uses lower-quality materials, and the screen isn’t nearly as sharp. But those quality differences are reflected in the price, as even the lowest-end configuration of Microsoft’s device is $3,499&mdash;a significant $1,200 gap. It’s clear, by comparing components, that much of that dollar difference goes toward the Studio 2’s build quality. The Yoga A940 isn’t cheap, by any stretch, but even so, those are two very different price tiers. If you’re at or near the top of your budget in looking at the Yoga A940, a Surface Studio 2 is likely out of reach.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-23.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘It\’s All in the Hinge’, ‘Its All in the Hinge’, ‘The hinge takes a tad more force to move than you may expect it to, but it won\’t slip easily out of position when in use.’);"><img alt=’Its All in the Hinge’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-3.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Its All in the Hinge’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-3.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>At 0.7 inch thick, the display panel is only "thick" compared to the Studio’s super-slim panel, not that it <em>really</em> matters for anything other than aesthetics. The base, however, will eat up more of your desk. It is twice the height of and much wider than the Studio 2’s small square, stretching the full width of the display itself. To be precise, it measures 25 inches horizontally and is 1.7 inches tall. A speaker is also built into the front, offering solid, if not booming and impactful, sound.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-24.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘All About That Base’, ‘All About That Base’, ‘A speaker is built into the front of the base, and it offers solid, but not booming, sound.’);"><img alt=’All About That Base’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-4.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’All About That Base’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-4.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Part of this extra width is taken up by a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat on the right side, and I think that’s worth the real estate. While I’m personally not big on wireless charging for my smartphone, many users love the feature, so having it built in at a convenient spot should be a plus. The base portion also has a divot for the included Active Pen (more on that below).</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-25.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Built-In Wireless Charging’, ‘Built-In Wireless Charging’, ‘The base of the PC is as wide as the screen, and part of this width is due to the Qi wireless charging mat on the right side. The pad has a divot for the included Active Pen.’);"><img alt=’Built-In Wireless Charging’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-5.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-5.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Built-In Wireless Charging’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-5.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-5.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The material is all dark grey plastic, which feels…merely okay. Again, the all-metal Studio 2 is much more expensive, but its chassis is a major part of the difference. The Yoga A940 feels far less premium. Don’t take that as <em>cheap</em>. But given that it’s an investment in its own right, I wanted it to feel more like a multi-kilobuck PC.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-26.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Plastic Build’, ‘Plastic Build’, ‘While it\’s not the only other reclining all-in-one, the Surface Studio 2 is the obvious comparison here. To put it simply, the Yoga A940\’s build isn\’t as high-quality as the Studio 2\’s construction. The chassis is all dark grey plastic.’);"><img alt=’Plastic Build’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-6.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-6.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Plastic Build’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-6.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-6.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>This extends to the most important part of this system, the display. On paper, the panel sounds great. The screen employs favored in-plane switching (IPS) technology and features a 4K (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) native resolution. It also supports multi-touch input, and it covers 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color spectrum. In reality, though, several sets of eyes on it came to the same conclusion: Its panel quality is lackluster. I expect better from a pricey all-in-one’s screen.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-27.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Meet the Lenovo ThinkCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Meet the Lenovo ThinkCentre Yoga A940’, ‘The concept behind convertible AIOs like the ThinkCentre Yoga A940 is that they simultaneously serve as professional PCs for work and as surfaces for digital creation. To this end, with its reclining display and big 4K touch screen, Lenovo\’s desktop makes sense.’);"><img alt=’Meet the Lenovo ThinkCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-7.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-7.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Meet the Lenovo ThinkCentre Yoga A940′ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-7.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-7.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The picture looks a little dull overall, not crisp or vibrant, even when cranked to maximum brightness. Despite the IPS panel and the 4K resolution, the colors don’t pop much, and even the desktop doesn’t look overly sharp, with a default design that Lenovo could have chosen to highlight the panel talents. It doesn’t come close to the Studio 2’s brilliant display, and even among average AIO PC screens, it’s underwhelming.</p>rnrn<p>I had more than one colleague echo my sentiments when I asked them to check out the screen, so it’s safe to say this isn’t a personal bias. One even suggested that pushing the screen to maximum brightness might help, and I told him it was <em>already</em> at its limit (to which, he grimaced). The display is serviceable, just disappointing for the price and for the kind of PC the Yoga A940 means to be. Creative types, in particular, are likely looking for an especially good screen for media, not a merely average one.</p>rnrn<p>Despite its shortcomings, the Yoga A940 represents value because of the type of PC it is. It falls into a niche group of systems that make direct comparisons difficult, as few offer the same combination of features in one package. The Surface Studio 2 is the obvious parallel, and you also can’t help but draw comparisons to the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-27-inch-with-5k-retina-display-2019">27-inch Apple iMac</a>. That machine does have a brilliant high-resolution display, but no touch support (and, as such, obviously no need for a reclining display and no pen). Similarly, the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-optiplex-7760-all-in-one">Dell OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One</a><span data-commerce-link="01GlaxcLsKgKjuLwgmWjYUA"></span> features a beautiful 4K display, but you can’t pair that resolution with touch technology. Neither offers the ability to replace both your data-crunching PC <em>and</em> your standalone drawing tablets and peripherals, making them imperfect competitors for this type of product.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-28.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Lenovo Yoga A940 14’, ‘Lenovo Yoga A940 14′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo Yoga A940 14′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-8.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-8.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo Yoga A940 14′ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-8.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-8.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Among recent systems that we’ve reviewed, that really just leaves the Surface Studio 2 as a 1:1 comparison. If we go a little further back, the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-27-kaby-lake-2017">Dell XPS 27</a> (now discontinued) also fits the bill. That system features a reclining 4K touch display, but it was released in 2017, making the components dated for current-day shoppers. This relative uniqueness will come into play more in the performance breakdown coming up, but it’s important to keep in mind when looking at a PC like this.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Ports and Components</h2>rnrn<p>The upside of the chunky base is that it has room for plenty of ports. Many of these are located around back, while others are on the left side. The rear holds four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack. On the left, you can find one USB 3.1 port, a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, a three-format card reader, and a headset jack.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-29.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘…and the Left-Side Ports’, ‘…and the Left-Side Ports’, ‘Here you can see one USB 3.1 port, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, a flash-card slot, and a headset jack. The left-side ports are easier to reach than the rear ones, which is a leg up on the Surface Studio 2, with its ports all relegated to the back.’);"><img alt=’…and the Left-Side Ports’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-9.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-9.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’…and the Left-Side Ports’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-9.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-9.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The left-side ports are easier to reach than the rear ones, which is a leg up on the Surface Studio 2. All of its ports are located on the back side, which makes plugging in common peripherals or flash drives cumbersome, as you have to look and reach around the large screen or turn the whole system to see what you’re doing.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-30.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘The A940\’s Rear Ports…’, ‘The A940s Rear Ports…’, ‘The upside of the chunky base is that it has room for plenty of ports. Many of these are located around back, while others are on the left side. The rear holds four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet jack.’);"><img alt=’The A940s Rear Ports…’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-10.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-10.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’The A940s Rear Ports…’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-10.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-10.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Now that I’ve covered the design and exterior in detail, let’s take a look inside this unit. The IdeaCentre Yoga A940 model being reviewed here is available at Best Buy, priced at $2,299.99. For that, you get an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 16GB of memory, AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics, a 256GB boot-drive SSD plus a separate 1TB hard drive, and, of course, the reclining 4K touch display.</p>rnrn<p>Another model, available through Lenovo’s website, is quite similar but offers 32GB of memory. That model is priced at $2,599.99, though it’s currently on sale for $1,949.99 at the time of publishing, a pretty steep discount. Whether that will still be in effect when you read this is uncertain.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Dialed In: The Included Accessories</h2>rnrn<p>In addition to a bundled keyboard and wireless mouse, the system comes with the Lenovo Active Pen to facilitate your drawing and creation, so you don’t have to buy a stylus separately. As an aside: The keyboard and mouse are only a modest bit above budget-basic, but the base portion of the computer has a custom-size stowage spot for the keyboard (under the screen) that more or less binds you to that keyboard if you want to maintain the system’s clean aesthetic. You might want to put the included keyboard there to get it out of the way when you pull the screen forward or aren’t typing, or just to clear your desk. Putting a different keyboard there may well overhang the space to either side.</p>rnrn<p>The stylus is satisfying to use, with a comfortable cushioned tip for smooth drawing. It features pressure sensitivity, crucial for artists, and the screen has appropriate palm rejection to prevent stray touch input from your hand when it’s leaning on the display. The combination of a reclined screen angle and the Active Pen make the A940 feel like a digital drafting board, so mission accomplished on that front.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-31.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Customizable Dial’, ‘Customizable Dial’, ‘The wholly customizable Precision Dial includes spinnable outer and inner rings, which you can turn to control the UI in various ways, depending on the program. It also has a button on its end, which you can tap or long-press for different commands.’);"><img alt=’Customizable Dial’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-11.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-11.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Customizable Dial’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-11.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-11.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Active Pen is useful, if a fairly standard stylus of its kind. The other main accessory is the more interesting of the two. Lenovo packs in the Precision Dial, a twistable knob that plugs in to the side of the system. You can use it to manipulate menus and the like in content-creation software. I hope you can forgive another comparison to the Microsoft Surface Studio, because this is a clear analogue to the Surface Dial, a very similar accessory. Both are meant to allow physical manipulation of digital programs, prompting bespoke menus to make precise selections easier.</p>rnrn<p>The implementation, however, is quite different. The Surface Dial is designed to be used on your desk, or placed directly onto the screen, as a standalone item. The Lenovo Precision Dial, in contrast, must be attached to a USB port on the left or right side of the display (a helpful switcheroo option for righties and lefties). The USB ports on both sides have circular magnetic lids for when the Dial isn’t in use on that flank. Keeping these covers on keeps the smooth aesthetic intact, and since they’re magnetic, you can just position them on the back of the display to keep from losing them.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-32.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Switch Hitter’, ‘Switch Hitter’, ‘The Precision Dial plugs in to a USB port on the left or right side of the display, helpful for both righties and lefties. These ports have removable magnetic lids for when the Dial isn\’t in use on that flank.’);"><img alt=’Switch Hitter’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-12.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-12.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Switch Hitter’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-12.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-12.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Precision Dial has spinnable outer and inner rings, which you can turn to control the UI in various ways depending on the program. It also has a button on its end, which you can tap or long-press for different commands. The Precision Dial is supported by Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2019, and Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro for Enterprise (2018, and versions 8.0, 8.6.0), as well as a host of Adobe applications:</p>rnrn<ul>rn<li><strong>Photoshop:</strong> Creative Cloud 2019 and 2018; CS6 and CS5</li>rnrn<li><strong>Illustrator:</strong> Creative Cloud 2019 and 2018; CS6</li>rnrn<li><strong>Elements:</strong> Creative Cloud 2018; versions 14 and 15</li>rnrn<li><strong>Premiere Pro:</strong> Creative Cloud 2018</li>rnrn<li><strong>Lightroom:</strong> Creative Cloud 2019; Classic CC 7.0, 6.4</li>rnrn</ul>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-33.v_1569469938.jpg’, ‘Introducing the Precision Dial’, ‘Introducing the Precision Dial’, ‘Lenovo includes the Precision Dial, a twistable knob that plugs in to the side of the system. You use it to make adjustments in content-creation software.’);"><img alt=’Introducing the Precision Dial’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-13.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-13.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Introducing the Precision Dial’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-13.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469938.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-13.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Dial is entirely customizable, so you can set the inputs to whichever commands you use most often. For example, if you’re using Photoshop, you can set the button tap to show or hide the brush panel, while the inner ring can scroll through your action history. This way, you don’t have to take your eye or hand off your work to click menus or use keyboard commands. It <em>does</em> work as described, and it is mostly seamless to understand. Considering it’s an add-on, it’s a strong selling point of the system as a whole.</p>rnrn<p>There’s also something satisfying about using physical input. The Precision Dial may have been inspired by the Surface Dial, but it’s very much its own thing, and well-executed. Plus, unlike the Surface Dial, you don’t need to worry about it sliding down an inclined screen when you place it there (though the onscreen radial menu that appears around the Surface Dial is very cool). The Precision Dial’s own aesthetic fun comes from an LED ring that changes color to match the theme of the program you’re using. It’s not an essential accessory, but I can absolutely see it speeding up an artist’s workflow, and unlilke the $99 Surface Dial, it’s included in the box.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Performance Testing: A Good-Grunt AIO</h2>rnrn<p>The uncommon design of the Yoga A940 makes relevant head-to-head benchmark testing a bit tricky. As mentioned, few systems directly match up in function or power, but I’ve compiled a batch of desktops that match the A940 in as many facets as possible. Whether that’s design, components, pricing, or some combination of the three, the systems listed in the table below can provide some context for the A940’s performance, even if they can’t all serve as digital drafting boards, too. While the aforementioned Dell OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One and Dell XPS 27 are good comparisons for the design and feature sets, I had to leave them out of the testing mix because they were reviewed under our old suite of benchmark tests, and we no longer have access to those systems.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-34.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 767 497’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-14.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-14.png’ width=’767′ height=’497′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’767′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-14.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-14.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>That leaves us with three all-in-ones of various kinds, and one standard desktop. On the high end, the Surface Studio 2 and the 2019 27-Inch Apple iMac<span data-commerce-link="05t26ZZlF6cr442TwGC4Jko"></span> set the bar for the category, while the much more affordable <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/acer-aspire-z-24">Acer Aspire Z 24</a>, at just $1,099, can show us the difference between a more budget-minded system and this one. These are rounded out by the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/maingear-vybe-2019">Maingear Vybe</a>, a boutique desktop in the same price range as the A940. It doesn’t have a built-in screen, so the functionality is completely different, but it demonstrates the raw component power you can get for around the same price in a standalone tower. It’s always possible to buy separate drawing devices and connect them to a desktop, but that, of course, adds significantly to the cost and is a wholly different usage model.</p>rnrn<h3>Productivity and Storage Tests</h3>rnrn<p>PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet use, web browsing, and videoconferencing. The test generates a proprietary numeric score. The PCMark 8 suite, meanwhile, contains a specialized PCMark 8 Storage test that we use to assess the speed of the PC’s subsystem. This result is also a proprietary numeric score.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-35.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 770 561’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-15.fit_lim.size_770x561.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-15.png’ width=’770′ height=’561′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’770′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-15.fit_lim.size_770x561.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-15.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Yoga A940 acquits itself well on PCMark 10, beating all but the full-powered Vybe. This productivity-centric test isn’t the most strenuous benchmark, but it is a good sign that this PC will do well with day-to-day tasks. One of our complaints about the Studio 2 was that it uses a mobile-class processor, unusual for an expensive desktop that should be aiming for professional-level muscle, and as you can see here, it is slightly outpaced. The Yoga A940’s SSD also comes out on top, by a thin margin; you won’t find anyone complaining about too-fast boot and load times. Note that the iMac is unable to run these Windows-based tests, so it has been excluded.</p>rnrn<h3>Media Processing and Creation Tests</h3>rnrn<p>Next is Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-36.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-16.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-16.png’ width=’773′ height=’565′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-16.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-16.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters. Systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see an added boost.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-37.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-17.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-17.png’ width=’773′ height=’565′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-17.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-17.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Yoga A940 does fairly well here again, flexing its processing power on some more demanding tests. It doesn’t match the iMac’s and Vybe’s beastly Core i9-9900K CPU on either test, but it holds its own. It’s comfortably ahead of the much less costly Aspire Z 24, as well, and the Studio 2’s mobile chip shows its constraints much more clearly here, especially in Cinebench. This isn’t workstation-level performance, but it’s suited to the creative tasks you would do on a machine like this. For heavy multi-threaded applications like modern video editors that lean on the CPU, the A940 shows a lot more raw horsepower than the Surface Studio 2.</p>rnrn<p>To put that to the test, we also ran our Handbrake video conversion test, in which we re-render a 12-minute 4K video file to 1080p…</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-38.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-18.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-18.png’ width=’773′ height=’565′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-18.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-18.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Again, you can see the benefit of a "true" desktop processor, like the ones in the first four systems, versus the mobile chip in the Surface Studio 2.</p>rnrn<p>What this slate of tests tells us: The iMac and Vybe, though very different animals from the A940, are indeed closer to true pro-grade speed. Still, the Yoga A940 can be your one-stop shop for both drawing and editing your content, a rare option. The Studio 2 is one of few PCs that also offers this combination, but the less expensive Yoga A940 is in fact more CPU-muscular. Microsoft opting for a mobile CPU puts a big caveat on the Surface Studio 2 despite its best-in-class design.</p>rnrn<h3>Synthetic Graphics Tests</h3>rnrn<p>Next up: UL’s 3DMark suite. 3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are suited to different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and made for high-end PCs to strut their stuff. The results are proprietary scores.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-39.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 768 563’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-19.fit_lim.size_768x563.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-19.png’ width=’768′ height=’563′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’768′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-19.fit_lim.size_768x563.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-19.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Next is another synthetic graphics test, this one from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene and measures how the system copes. In this case, it’s rendered in the company’s eponymous Unigine engine, offering a different 3D workload scenario and a second opinion on the machine’s graphical prowess.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-40.v_1569469938.png’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940’, ‘Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′, ”);"><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 769 547’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-20.fit_lim.size_769x547.v_1569469938.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-20.png’ width=’769′ height=’547′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Lenovo IdeaCentre Yoga A940′ width=’769′ src=’/imagery/reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-20.fit_lim.size_769x547.v_1569469938.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/03R2lm2bnW27RjjzhdBi9CD-20.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>These tables show the very clear effect of a top-notch gaming GPU. The Yoga A940’s AMD Radeon RX 560X GPU isn’t bad, and certainly better than integrated graphics would be, but there are clear tiers of performance here. The standout Vybe and its monster video card aside, the Yoga A940 also lags behind the Studio 2’s Nvidia GPU by a fair margin. The Yoga A940 can hold its own on modest 3D work, to be sure, but it’s not going to be the most effective option for churning through tasks that benefit from GPU acceleration more than just CPU grunt, such as certain graphics programs and video editors. Once again, though, few systems let you create and process data on the same hardware, so if that sounds like it would fit your workflow, it may be worth the lesser performance. Unlike the CPU results, though, the superior choice for more graphics-processing-intensive tasks in this form factor is the Studio 2.</p>rnrn<p>As a side note, these two AIOs aren’t really meant for gaming. The Studio 2 could barely pull off 60 frames per second in some AAA testing titles, which means it’s a big stretch for the A940. Less-intensive games, those with simple visuals, and those that can scale graphics options way down and not affect your enjoyment too much are playable on the A940. And that’s fine for a system of this type. If you’re looking for a real gaming desktop, though, we have <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-gaming-desktops">many other suggestions for varying budgets</a>. Considering that you can’t upgrade the graphics card in this one, it’s ill-suited for gaming as the primary reason to buy.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Draw, Partner?</h2>rnrn<p>When you look at the IdeaCentre Yoga A940’s design and performance as part of the larger AIO field, this system is hit-and-miss. The display quality isn’t quite up to what you’d expect from a 4K panel for creative types, and the build feels more like a budget AIO than its pricing would suggest. The Surface Studio 2’s screen draws you in with its sharpness and brightness. The A940’s display just doesn’t have that wow factor, despite its high native resolution.</p>rnrn<p>The screen aside, though, its feature set is solid, including the ports, the storage capacity, and the dial-and-stylus duo. The convertibility concept works as intended, even if it’s executed with middlebrow hardware. (The Surface Studio 2 is, after all, more expensive in even its most basic iteration.) For everyday work and CPU-intensive tasks, the IdeaCentre Yoga A940 is, in fact, faster for less money, though that doesn’t hold true across 3D performance.</p>rnrn<p>It’s clear to see where the extra cost of Microsoft’s system is going, between the better GPU and its stellar design. If your budget is constricted but Microsoft’s machine seems like a huge boon to your workflow, the Yoga A940 is accomplished enough to take its place. 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Digital art creation, engineering, architecture, and other professions that employ touch displays often rely on multiple products in their workflows&mdash;graphics tablets, secondary displays for palettes and timelines, specialized input devices&mdash;and the Surface Studio wrapped up much of this into one package. Its Surface Studio 2 sequel (starts at $3,499; $4,199 as tested) refines it with faster internal components packing more grunt for demanding workloads: a lightning-fast M.2 solid-state drive (SSD), a newer processor, and a potent Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics chip. It’s a pricey proposition, and not in the class of workstation-grade PCs, but for the pros and creatives who need its specific touch-centric talents, this is a killer machine.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Refining an Innovative Design</h2>rnrn<p>In terms of the physical design, very little has changed from the original Surface Studio, which was innovative when it launched and remains so. Microsoft has again opted to store all the components in the base, rather than behind the 28-inch display, allowing for an extremely thin display panel.</p>rnrn<p>No doubt, some of the visual inspiration is from the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-imac-27-inch-with-5k-retina-display-2017">Apple iMac</a><span data-commerce-link="01oagtW8cScBbp1W9tTZsza"></span>, but the difference is in the emphasis on touch input, and that is reflected in the rear hinge. Two metal arms extend from the base to hold up the screen, meeting in the middle at a hinge that allows you to use the screen vertically or flex it down horizontally.</p>rnrn<p>It’s a simple idea, but essential in making the Studio a unique, elegant touch-screen desktop solution. (I’ll go into greater depth on the hybrid design and its uses below.) On a more general level, it’s this combination of a speedy desktop and a giant, pen-equipped slate that makes the Surface Studio line so appealing.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-14.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘A Super-Thin Profile’, ‘A Super-Thin Profile’, ‘The hard-to-miss display measures 17.3 inches high by 25.1 inches across, but the panel portion itself is just 0.5 inch thick.’);"><img alt=’A Super-Thin Profile’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-1.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’A Super-Thin Profile’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-1.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-1.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The base portion measures 1.3 by 9.8 by 8.7 inches (HWD). The hard-to-miss display comes in at a whopping 17.3 inches high by 25.1 inches across, while the panel portion is just 0.5 inch thick. That puts that panel at 28 inches diagonally, a huge screen by any AIO PC standard. The larger of Apple’s two iMacs comes right up near that at 27 inches, but most AIO displays are far smaller. As with the Surface Studio family on the whole, the Surface Studio 2 is made with a narrow audience in mind. Designers, media editors, and other professionals that ply visually centric work are the targets, though I can’t think of anyone who would <em>not</em> appreciate a nice, big screen like this one.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-15.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘A Hinge With Smooth Articulation’, ‘A Hinge With Smooth Articulation’, ‘The so-called &quot;Zero Gravity&quot; hinge is adjustable through the whole range, meaning it has no preset angles to ratchet throughu2014you can stop reclining or raising it at any one.’);"><img alt=’A Hinge With Smooth Articulation’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-2.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’A Hinge With Smooth Articulation’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-2.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-2.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrnrn<p>The display’s shape and resolution also cater toward that demographic. As on the original, the screen has an unusual, near-square 3:2 aspect ratio, rather than the much more common 16:9 widescreen ratio you’ll find on almost every modern laptop and monitor. With a 3:2 ratio, the onscreen image better mirrors physical work in a digital space for things like print publications, which helps some artists create or translate their work. It also affords more space in the margins for editing palettes and toolbars, if you’re working with media onscreen that is in the more common 16:9.</p>rnrn<p>The 4,500-by-3,000-pixel native screen resolution remains the same, a greater-than-4K PixelSense display that works out to a fine-grained 192 pixels per inch (ppi). The Apple iMac With 5K Retina Display, by comparison, has a 27-inch screen with a 5,210-by-2,880-pixel resolution, though comparing the exact pixel count isn’t an apples-to-apples thing, given the different aspect ratios. The <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-xps-27-kaby-lake-2017">Dell XPS 27</a><span data-commerce-link="01Uax0xG2EZy8hnQXZ0EaAj"></span> also boasts a 27-inch display, with a standard 4K (3,840 by 2,160) native resolution.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-16.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘It\’s a Recliner’, ‘Its a Recliner’, ‘If you need to draw, design, or mark up work, simply pushing down on the top edge of the display or pulling the bottom edge toward you will slowly recline the screen, down to near horizontal.’);"><img alt=’Its a Recliner’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-3.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Its a Recliner’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-3.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-3.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Surface Studio 2’s display is stunning, with a super-crisp, bold picture when set on the default Vivid color profile. It’s extremely bright on the maximum setting, as well, and of course features 10-point multitouch. You can flip from the Vivid profile to the DCI-P3 or sRGB color gamuts in the Windows 10 settings, which could prove essential to some artists and designers who need to work in one or the other for different projects.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Your Personal Studio</h2>rnrn<p>As the hinged design suggests, the Surface Studio 2 is more than just a pretty screen. I extolled the virtues of the collapsible design in the original iteration, and since much hasn’t changed and the benefits are clear, I won’t go into too much detail. When you’re using the Studio 2 as a standard high-end desktop, you can keep the display upright and not even think about its convertibility or touch features. That said, if you’re never going to use the machine with the screen reclined, I’m not sure you actually need the functionality I’m about to describe, nor need to pay the premium for it; plenty of very capable Windows-based AIO desktops on the market won’t charge you for the convertibility.<br /><br />If you need to draw, design, or mark up work, though, simply pushing down on the top edge of the display or pulling the bottom edge toward you will slowly recline the screen. The so-called "Zero Gravity" hinge is fully adjustable, meaning no preset detents to ratchet through&mdash;you can stop reclining or raising it at any angle.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-17.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘The Rear View’, ‘The Rear View’, ‘All of the components in the Surface Studio 2 reside in the square base. That includes an HQ-class, mobile-grade CPU.’);"><img alt=’The Rear View’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-4.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’The Rear View’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-4.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-4.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>This allows the creative-minded users of the world to use the Surface Studio 2 as a digital easel within seconds, taking that standard vertical desktop orientation for email, chatting, and web browsing down into a sloped, nearly horizontal drafting board. It’s useful, intuitive, and frankly feels very cool and satisfying. It’s not the only convertible desktop out there, but no other is as elegant or has such a primo display attached.</p>rnrn<p>This is exactly where the Studio 2 earns its keep, and as a full Windows desktop, any Windows-based program you need for work is available to you. Of course, some prefer to (or only <em>can</em>) work in macOS, but Apple offers no touch-panel options for Apple’s iMac AIO computers. Any penning-about will have to be done on a separate pen tablet.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-18.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘Making Use of the Surface Pen’, ‘Making Use of the Surface Pen’, ‘The Surface Pen is included in the price (the less necessary Surface Dial is not), as you\’d hope given the price and overall concept behind the Studio. If you\’re going in for this type of desktop, you\’re almost certainly planning to use the reclining and touch features for sketching or design work of some kind. That\’s unlike the Surface Pro 2-in-1s, for which the Pen is an added-cost accessory.’);"><img alt=’Making Use of the Surface Pen’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-5.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-5.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Making Use of the Surface Pen’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-5.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-5.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Surface Pen, thankfully, is included (unlike the somewhat less necessary, but still intriguing, <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-dial">Surface Dial</a>), as you’d hope given the cost of and the overall concept behind the Surface Studio 2. If you’re going in for this type of desktop and are unfazed by the price, you’re almost definitely planning to use the reclining, pen, and touch features for design work of <em>some</em> kind, so making you buy the stylus separately would make little sense. (In contrast, it <em>is</em> sold separately from the tablet Surface devices such as the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-pro-6">Surface Pro 6</a>.)</p>rnrn<p>The "eraser" end is a customizable button, as is a skinny strip along the side that you can set as right-click, paste, or something else depending on your workflow needs. By default, it brings up the Windows Ink Workspace software for launching quickly into note-taking and drawing. Magnetic strips on either side of the Surface Studio 2’s display let you attach the Surface Pen for ready access when you’re not using it. It grips well, and palm rejection works like a charm when you lean your hand on the screen.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Extras and Configurations</h2>rnrn<p>One physical aspect of the Surface Studio 2 that sees changes from the original is the port selection.</p>rnrn<p>It’s not a huge difference. The Surface Studio 2 includes four USB 3.0 ports (one is a high-power port for fast charging), as well as a single USB Type-C port, a full-size SD card reader, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The original had all of these things, barring the USB-C port. It instead had a mini DisplayPort connection; now, all video output will be handled through the USB-C connection. The exclusion of USB-C on the first-generation Surface Studio was a drawback, so it’s good to see it included here for faster data transfer and modern USB-C peripherals (even if it would be nice to <em>also</em> have a dedicated video-out port).</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-19.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘The Rear Ports’, ‘The Rear Ports’, ‘On the base portion, the Studio 2 includes four vertically oriented USB 3.0 ports (one is a high-power port), a single USB Type-C port, a full-size SD card slot, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.’);"><img alt=’The Rear Ports’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-6.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-6.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’The Rear Ports’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-6.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-6.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Rounding out the connectivity and input features is a TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security, Windows Hello facial-recognition login support (via the 5-megapixel camera, which incidentally is also capable of capturing 1080p video), dual microphones, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The system also has built-in wireless Xbox controller support. (That might seem a quirky addition, but not so much when you consider the graphics chip in this thing; more on that in a bit.)</p>rnrn<p>The desktop also comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo. The two products are basic in functionality but better than your average bundled fare.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-20.v_1569469972.jpg’, ‘The Included Keyboard and Mouse’, ‘The Included Keyboard and Mouse’, ‘The desktop also comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. The two products are basic in functionality but better-quality than the usual bundled fare.’);"><img alt=’The Included Keyboard and Mouse’ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 810 456’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-7.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-7.jpg’ width=’810′ height=’456′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’The Included Keyboard and Mouse’ width=’810′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-7.fit_lim.size_810x456.v_1569469972.jpg’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-7.jpg’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Now, as for the internals: Microsoft offers only three models of the Surface Studio 2, and the components don’t vary much among them. That makes choosing one pretty straightforward. All three include the same 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics, and an M.2 NVMe solid-state drive in one of two storage capacities. RAM is also a two-option variable.</p>rnrn<p>This $4,199 review unit is the mid-tier model, and it comes with the GeForce GTX 1070, 32GB of memory, and a 1TB SSD. The $3,499 option below that (the "entry level" model) is the only one with the GTX 1060, and it includes 16GB of memory and the same drive, while the priciest of the three, the $4,799 option, comes with the GTX 1070, 32GB of memory, and a 2TB SSD. Opting for an extra 16GB of RAM isn’t a bad idea for media professionals, while the 2TB may be tempting (but very expensive) for those with a lot of high-definition video files and games.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>Not Quite a Workstation, But Still Plenty Fast</h2>rnrn<p>For PC Labs’ formal performance benchmarks, I compared the Surface Studio 2 and its results to a slate of machines that are either comparably priced or equipped. I should note here that at PC Labs, we recently began testing with a new, revised suite of benchmarks and so, for the time being, have a limited set of data to compare the new results against. This is especially true for all-in-one desktops, which is a thinly populated category of systems of which PC Labs has not seen many of lately. So, for my comparisons, I chose those a few relevant traditional or small-form-factor PCs to illustrate CPU and GPU differences. After all, without the big screen, the Surface Studio 2’s square base would essentially amount to a mini desktop.</p>rnrn<p>In this case, I compared the Surface Studio 2 to two HP desktops (the low-cost, AMD-powered <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-pavilion-gaming-desktop-690">Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690</a>, and the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-z2-mini-g4-workstation">Z2 Mini G4 Workstation</a>), and a small-form-factor gaming machine, the <a href="https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-trident-x">MSI Trident X</a>. You can see their key specs in the chart below…</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-21.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 767 497’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-8.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-8.png’ width=’767′ height=’497′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’767′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-8.fit_lim.size_767x497.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-8.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>All have desktop-grade CPUs from AMD or Intel, as opposed to the mobile-grade one in the Surface Studio 2.</p>rnrn<h3>Productivity and Storage Tests</h3>rnrn<p>PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet use, web browsing, and videoconferencing. The test generates a proprietary numeric score.<br /><br />The PCMark 8 suite, meanwhile, contains a specialized PCMark 8 Storage test that we use to assess the speed of the PC’s subsystem. This result is also a proprietary numeric score.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-22.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 770 561’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-9.fit_lim.size_770x561.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-9.png’ width=’770′ height=’561′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’770′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-9.fit_lim.size_770x561.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-9.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>The Studio 2’s CPU is a mobile chip, generally less robust than some of the competition here, which included workstation and desktop chips. As such, it fared well in comparison on the less strenuous PCMark 10 test, where the more powerful chips will excel on the straining multithreaded media tasks to follow. Still, this means the Studio 2 is a snappy desktop, good for powering your general office jobs and multitasking without breaking a sweat. Its M.2 SSD is also very fast, which is great news for boot times and application loading.</p>rnrn<h3>Media Processing and Creation Tests</h3>rnrn<p>Next is Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-23.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-10.png’ width=’773′ height=’565′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-10.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-10.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters. Systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see an added boost.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-24.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 773 565’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-11.png’ width=’773′ height=’565′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’773′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-11.fit_lim.size_773x565.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-11.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>As I noted above, this is where you see some separation between the Surface Studio 2 and the chosen competition. It’s easy to see the premium design and high price and assume it reflects workstation-grade performance, but the Studio 2’s components aren’t quite at that level. Much of the cost goes to the design and display. It’s a good machine, and one very capable of performing professional tasks, but there are faster and less expensive machines that focus mainly on performance. The HP Z2 Mini and MSI Trident X are built for speed, and so they excel on these multithreaded tasks.</p>rnrn<h3>Synthetic Graphics Tests</h3>rnrn<p>Next up: UL’s 3DMark suite. 3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are suited to different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and made for high-end PCs to strut their stuff. The results are proprietary scores.</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-25.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 768 563’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-12.fit_lim.size_768x563.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-12.png’ width=’768′ height=’563′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’768′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-12.fit_lim.size_768x563.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-12.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Next is another synthetic graphics test, this time from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene and measures how the system copes. In this case, it’s rendered in the company’s eponymous Unigine engine, offering a different 3D workload scenario than 3DMark, for a second opinion on the machine’s graphical prowess. We present two Superposition results, run at the 720p Low and 1080p High presets. These scores are reported in frames per second (fps)</p>rnrn<p><span><a href="#" class="no-underline" onclick="return popImage(‘/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-26.v_1569469972.png’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2’, ‘Microsoft Surface Studio 2′, ”);"><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ src="data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/2000/svg’ viewBox=’0 0 769 547’%3E%3Crect fill=’%23f7f7f7′ /%3E%3C/svg%3E" v-image-loader='{ imageSrc: "/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-13.fit_lim.size_769x547.v_1569469972.png"}’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-13.png’ width=’769′ height=’547′><noscript inline-template><img alt=’Microsoft Surface Studio 2′ width=’769′ src=’/imagery/reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-13.fit_lim.size_769x547.v_1569469972.png’ align="center" data-image-path=’reviews/046PYk5IcEZEDPsi0jh3hOE-13.png’></noscript></a></span></p>rnrn<p>Often when we test systems with discrete graphics cards, the synthetic graphics tests are less important than the gaming tests and frame rates. That’s not so with the Studio 2, which is more likely to be used for professional 3D and graphics-driven workloads than gaming. The exciting news is the GeForce GTX 1070 really is a potent card, and a marked improvement over the GTX 980M in the original Studio. Only the Trident X’s outsize inclusion of a GeForce RTX 2080 makes the GTX 1070 look anything less than top notch, but it’s really an effective graphics engine. Unless you really need a lot of 3D power for professional work, the GPU acceleration from this machine should be plenty.</p>rnrn<h3>Real-World Gaming Tests</h3>rnrn<p>While you’re less likely to use the Surface Studio 2 for gaming, given what it is, it’s certainly possible to play plenty on it. To illustrate, I ran Far Cry 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider on this machine at multiple resolutions (which don’t match the standard 16:9 suite of test resolutions) at maximum and medium presets to see how it fared.</p>rnrn<p>These are both modern, high-fidelity AAA game titles with built-in benchmarks, making them good fits for this job. Because of the newness of our current testing procedures, PC Labs doesn’t have comprehensive performance data from past machines to make comprehensive graphs, but it’s easy to see how the Studio 2 performed from its own numbers.</p>rnrn<p>For starters: Its maximum 4,500-by-3,000 resolution is, by far, too much for the hardware. (Really, virtually no AIO machine should try to play games at that higher-than-4K resolution.) The Studio 2 averaged only 20fps in each benchmark at the maximum settings preset.</p>rnrn<p>Lowering the resolution setting to 3,000 by 2,000 pixels saw more reasonable results: 40fps on Far Cry 5, and 44fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider. That isn’t sky-high, but it is definitely playable. The 2,250-by-1,500-pixel setting is likely the one you want for 60fps gaming, if you’re set on doing so; at that resolution, the Surface Studio 2 averaged 62fps and 66fps on these tests. You could also dial down some visual settings at the higher resolutions to boost the frame rates.</p>rnrn<p>All told, the Surface Studio 2 is no high-powered gaming machine at its native screen resolutions, but the GTX 1070 makes it <em>well</em> more than possible to play leading-edge titles at lower resolution settings, should you want to fire up a session of a shoot ’em up or an RPG. And less-demanding online MMOs will run just fine.</p>rnrn<p></p>rnrn<h2>A Compelling Mix of Beauty and Function</h2>rnrn<p>The Surface Studio 2 hasn’t changed too much from the original, and that’s a big point in its favor.</p>rnrn<p>All that applied then applies now: It’s an elegant combination of a drawing display and a fast computer in one device. Now, the parts are faster and a bit better suited to the job, though the biggest thing I’d change would be to make the processor beefier for the price. After all, the base portion contains the motherboard and CPU, and could be thickened to house a more robust desktop-grade, rather than mobile, CPU. It’s not like the hottest-running parts need to fit in a narrow thermal envelope behind the screen.</p>rnrn<p>The other concern is, of course, the price. In any configuration, the Surface Studio 2 is no-doubter expensive, with the premium down to the unique design and the ultrafine screen. 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