Everything that you want to know from a guy that received one of these a couple of months ago.
I purchased the i5 with 128gb SSD but it looks like this deal is only for the 7200 RPM Sata version. Hopefully this answers some of the questions you could have.
- The MTM Model is 10HYS0NE00
- Came with Windows 10 Home Edition Preinstalled
- Came with a USB Keyboard and a USB Optical Mouse
- The 128gb SSD is SATA even though there is an available m2 port.
- m700 came with a stand to hold it upright
- m700 came with antenna for wireless card. This screws onto the post on the back of the m700
- I upgraded the RAM to 16gb. There are 2 slots available and it can hold up to 32gb (2x16gb). RAM was purchased from Crucial and worked just fine
- If you register your product with Lenovo, you can download recovery media to restore Windows 10 Home via USB if you hose something. It also tracks your warranty which is nice.
- I purchased a Displayport to HDMI cable on amazon. I can confirm that it DOES pass audio and video and both sound and video look great on a flatscreen TV via HDMI.
- Since I’m using this as a home theater pc, I wanted a good wireless keyboard/mouse. Bought this guy on Amazon and it works great.
- In order to easily take this with me on travel, I purchased this bag http://sport.woot.com/offers/yukon-outfitters-mission-bag-24. It works perfectly to safely transport this unit and it has extra storage for cords and the above mentioned portable keyboard/mouse.
Now onto the nerdy stuff. I managed to install Windows 7 on this computer. Works great now but I had to jump through a few hoops to get things installed.
- First, before anything upgrade the BIOS to the latest version. You can do this using Lenovo System Update which is preinstalled.
- In the BIOS, you have to make a couple of changes. First, under Devices > USB Legacy Support set to [Enable]. Next, under Devices > USB Virtual KBC Support set to [Enable]. Finally you may have to Enable Legacy UEFI in the BIOS if not set to [Enable] already. Without doing all of this, you won’t be able to use a keyboard and mouse when you load the Windows 7 installation from a bootable USB.
- Now the painful stuff - first, you need to obtain LEGIT copy of Windows 7 media. I owned a copy of Windows 7 Professional that I had in ISO format. Create a bootable USB drive with the Windows 7 installation files. For this, I used the Rufus utility and selected my Windows 7 ISO file. No problems there.
- Don’t try to install Windows 7 just yet because the m700 won’t allow it until you do 2 more things. First, the partitions that are preinstalled on the provided harddrive cannot be recognized by the Windows 7 installation media. I had to create a bootable USB drive using the free version of Partition Wizard. I booted to this USB drive and using the wizard I deleted the existing IBM partitions. I then created a NTFS partition and saved. The second gotcha is the the Windows 7 bootable USB that you just created doesn’t have a storage driver that can be used to recognize the drive. This means that when you load the Windows 7 setup files from USB, it will say no drive detected. To resolve this, use the WindowsImageTool which edits your just created Bootable USB Windows 7 drive by adding all of the necessary storage drivers. Both of these steps are covered in this forum post: \https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkCentre-A-E-M-S-Series/m900-Win-7-install-no-storage-drivers/td-p/3342126.
Once you handle all of these gotchas you can load Windows 7 on your m700. With upgraded RAM and the SSD, it absolutely flies.
I take this with me when I travel for work. I installed Plex with my media library on a USB thumb drive for local viewing and hooking it up to the hotel wireless works great for NetFlix. Here is one more tip - when taking this with you to a hotel for work travel, purchase a cheapo universal remote control. Some hotels try to lock down their tv’s so that you cannot access the HDMI input outside of the provided used input. I use the cheap remote to simply switch inputs and it works great!
Overall I love this thing and it’s definitely worth the money.
Can you ditch windows and install Linux pretty straightforward?
In the box I see:
[list]Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 Tiny Desktop, Intel Core i3-6100T 3.2GHz Dual Core, 4GB DDR4, 500GB SATA, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Win10H
[list]Lenovo T2224z ThinkVision 21.5" Full-HD IPS LED-backlit Monitor w/ Webcam
[/list]I don’t see a monitor cable. I assume that I have to buy a monitor cable a la carte. Is that correct?
This actually might be a good bundle for a MAME cabinet Ive been wanting to build.
Yes, it should work pretty well. It supports legacy bios as well as efi (which makes things simpler), and doesn’t contain any random hardware or something (which would make driver support a pain). (Although, I never actually tried it…)
This is an excellent deal.
Lenovo is one the best available in market today and this looks like a decent deal for any one in need of above average, low budget pc.