Lenovo ThinkCentre Neo 50q Gen 4 Review: A Quiet, Upgradable Mini PC In The Palm Of Your Hand


It wasn’t long ago when mini PCs were considered slow and in general not really good. Thanks to the hardware advancements in laptops, however, mini PCs have stepped up a lot, offering a lot more performance for something as small as a box of chocolates. Lenovo feels confident enough to offer a mini PC workstation, and even brand it as a ThinkCentre, solidifying its place as a PC that can handle pretty much any heavy workload.

The ThinkCentre Neo 50q Gen 4 (it’s not the actual 4th year of this device), comes with 13th Gen Intel processors, like the Core i3-1215U, which is more timid and oriented towards simpler office work, writing emails, browser work, online meetings. Then there’s the Core i5-13420H, which really spices up the machine and allows it to achieve some pretty amazing feats for its small size.

With it, you can easily tackle video rendering tasks, as well as other more intensive workloads. The two CPUs are backed by Intel’s UHD integrated graphics (surprisingly, the Core i3 CPU has more GPU cores), as well as up to 32GB of DDR4 memory (two SO-DIMM slots).

We got to spend some quality time with the ThinkCentre Neo 50q Gen 4, directing this portable form factor and what it can offer. Today we’re here to spill the beans and give you a full tour (both on the outside, as well as inside the machine), including benchmarks and pretty much everything that there’s to know about it.

You can check the current price of the Lenovo ThinkCentre Neo 50q Gen 4 here: Buy from Amazon.com (#CommissionsEarned)

Contents

Specs table

Processor (CPU)Intel Core i3-1315U
Intel Core i5-13420H
Graphics (GPU)Intel UHD Graphics (Alder Lake, 64EU)
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 (48EU)
Storage (SSD)• 2.5″ HDD up to 1TB
• M.2 SSD up to 1TB
RAMUp to 32GB DDR4 (two SO-DIMM slots)
Wireless connectivityLAN 100/1000 Mbit/sec, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1
I/OFront Panel:

  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 1x USB 3.1
  • 1x Audio Combo Jack

Back Panel:

  • 2x USB 3.1
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI 2.1
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4
  • RJ-45
Dimensions (WxDxH)7.05 x 7.2 x 1.44 inches (494 x 250 x 130 mm)
Weight2.45 lbs (1.11 kg)

What’s in the box?

First of all, Lenovo delivers you a much bigger box than what you actually need for the ThinkCentre itself, however, it’s simply because there’s a lot more stuff inside rather than just the machine and a power brick. First of all, you get a bracket with screws so you can mount the box behind a monitor, utilizing the VESA mounting holes (both 100 mm and 75 mm) as a place to secure the ThinkCentre in place. You also get a free mouse and a ThinkBoard (it’s just a regular keyboard, but Lenovo should seriously use this name). There’s a Wi-Fi antenna that’s super easy to install on the back (there’s still a LAN port, after all this is still a serious workstation machine, no matter how small it is).



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