Update: The contest has ended. Please continue reading for my review of this desktop.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I chose products to review, and one of the main reasons I chose to review the ThinkCentre M90z is that I would be able to give one away to a lucky reader. I am excited to say that the time has come!
Review of the Lenovo ThinkCenter M90z
First of all, let’s start with my own personal review of this computer.
The first thing I absolutely love about this machine is the design. Now I no longer have to be jealous of my husband and his iMac.
As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of clutter and I feel that too much clutter can actually be counter productive. There’s nothing like a desktop that is built right into the monitor and only really requires a power cord plus cables for the keyboard and mouse. And the latter two can be eliminated easily enough with a wireless keyboard and mouse set.
Tech Specs & Performance
Next, let’s discuss the specs. The machine I am reviewing came with a lot of hard drive space, Windows 7 64-bit operating system, 4 GB of ram, and a Intel Core i5-650 3.20GHz processor. The screen resolution is a kick-ass 1920×1200.
This machine definitely gets the job done as far as speed. Especially since I have been getting into photography, one thing I learned is that you have to have a high performance machine with a great display, otherwise it makes processing your photos with four different pieces of software a real challenge.
Ok, as anyone knows, no computer is perfect. No Mac, no Dell, no laptop, no netbook, etc. Every machine has it’s little quirks.
Keep in mind that I’m not sure if it’s the computer or Windows 7, as I didn’t have a lot of Windows 7 experience before this desktop, but here are a few little “fun” things I have encountered with my M90z.
- If you leave a flash drive, external hard drive, etc. in the USB drive when it’s booting up, it will try to boot from that USB drive and not find a bootable partition. And then just sit there till you power it down and unplug the USB drive.
- If the computer has gone to sleep, it takes a moment to wake up. Sometimes the mouse will move and you can see everything on the screen, but can’t click on it.
- If you have cats, you may want to disable the touchscreen feature. My cats often walk up and rub on the monitor, thus clicking on links and moving windows out of place.
That’s really about it in the way of quirks I’ve run into so far, and with my history with computers, I’d say that’s pretty damn good!
What I Have Installed on My M90z
So what’s inside my toolbox for blogging, social media, and photography? Here’s what software I have installed on my desktop. Please note that premium product links are affiliate links to Amazon or other vendor sites – I love each piece of software and would highly recommend any of them.
- Kaspersky Internet Security – Best security software I’ve ever had. Always alerts me to infected websites if I hit one.
- Microsoft Office 2010 Home Edition – Love the “Save as PDF” feature in Word.
- Primo PDF – Print to PDF to create PDF of any page.
- Mozilla Firefox – Only browser that runs some of my favorite extensions.
- Google Chrome – Primary browser.
- Free Monitor for Google – Checks your rankings in Google.
- Market Samurai – Awesome keyword research tool.
- Gimp – Free image editing software I use for screenshots mostly.
- Notepad ++ – Free editor that works well with coding.
- Filezilla – Free FTP utility.
- View NX – Free viewer for Nikon .NEF files.
- Photomatix Pro – Used to process HDR images.
- Adobe Lightroom – Used to process any images.
- Topaz Adjust – Plugin for Lightroom used to process any images.
Enter to Win a New Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z
Now what you’ve really been waiting for. Here’s your chance to win the ThinkCentre M90z for your own home, office, or home-office. The only people not eligible to win are the people who have won in previous giveaways of this computer. For everyone else, all you have to do is the following:
Comment on this post and tell me why you want to win this desktop! Entries (and comments) are now closed!
If you want some additional bonus points, also do the following and include that you did it in your comment. Standard blogging contest procedures.
#1 Click to tweet this post with the hashtag #kikolaniM90z.
#2 Like this post on Facebook using the social sharing buttons up top or below the post.
#3 Signup for the Kikolani mailing list (or let me know if you are already subscribed).
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#5 Like Kikolani on Facebook (or let me know if you are already a fan).
#6 Follow me @kikolani (or let me know if you already are).
And for my photography fans…
#7 Subscribe to my photography blog via email.
Simple enough, yes? Each one of the above items and the comment count as an entry! So don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Entries (and comments) are now closed!
Entries will be accepted until Thursday, May 12th at 6 PM MST (Arizona time). The winner will be has been announced in this week’s Fetching Friday post!
And if you aren’t interested, be sure to let your friends know so they can get in on the chance to win!
A few disclaimers. I’m not quite sure what the specs are on the machine that is going to be sent to the winner just yet. It will be a ThinkCentre M90z, but maybe with a different hard drive size, memory, etc. Also, the winner will be drawn randomly using some spreadsheet sorting and Random.org.