Desktops for the workplace: Lenovo ThinkCentre TIO vs. IdeaCentre AIO 3

The current PC trends have been leaning towards a more minimalistic look paired with a sleek design and premium materials, allowing PCs to be more aesthetically pleasing. This has been the hallmark of All-in-One (AIO) PCs. 

Like all major brands, Lenovo has been transforming its devices to suit the trend, as seen in our best laptops list. The ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One (TIO) and the IdeaCentre All-In-One (AIO) are both incredible devices one can easily consider for home and office use. This article will discuss both PCs’ performance, design and display, upgradability and storage, privacy and security, and best overall value. Let’s begin.


IdeaCentre devices are not heavy-duty machines but balance performance with design well. The IdeaCentre AIO 3 offers smooth performance; it is endowed with AMD RadeonTM graphics and AMD AthlonTM processors. It is well equipped and can run up to 16GB of RAM on a 512GB SSD, making it efficient for most office tasks. Lenovo has also tried to keep them reasonably priced. You can find an IdeaCentre AIO 3 for $997 and the 3i for $1197 in the Officeworks catalogue.

On the other hand, the ThinkCentre can run up to 32GB, and as with most TIOs, there is expandable SSD storage, but unfortunately, the RAM is soldered on. However, the performance is so outstanding that the fan will be nearly silent during a day of regular usage. 

Design and Display

Both the AIO and the TIO have great designs. Beautiful FHD screens with a screen-to-body ratio of over 90% allow great viewing angles. They also come equipped with some simple built-in cable management tools that would help to keep the work area organised.

Upgradability and Storage

Despite the fact that the AIO has a slot for an easy-to-access HDD for extra storage, the TIO might have a slight advantage in this area. TIOs can hold up to 2TB of storage and have additional slots for SSD storage expansion. The AIO, on the other hand, has fixed storage for its SSD that cannot be increased.

Privacy and Security

The ThinkCentre TIO is equipped with anti-glare and good ergonomics. It has a privacy screen that ensures the user’s data is secure from prying eyes. Both devices are equipped with privacy shutters on webcams with IR cameras allowing Face Login. The TIO can be mounted, and it has a unique Kensington lock that can secure the Mini PC.

Best all-round value

In conclusion, the ThinkCentre TIO might be the best solution for the workplace as it has a removable PC that is easily movable and upgradable if need be. It also offers superb usability for flexible working as the user can simply move between offices or other locations, granted that the applicable monitors are available.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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