Review of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC.
Lenovo has taken a bit of a different approach to its ultra-slim PCs. Rather than just offering a series of mainstream machines with no particular standout features, it decided to launch a number of slightly more unique and more niche machines.
This is my review of the ThinkCentre M710q. It is one of those unique products. It’s very unique because it’s not a traditional desktop PC. It’s a tiny, all-in-one PC that weighs a mere 7.5 pounds. We believe this is the best mini PC for the office we’ve seen.
So, let’s take a look at the design, performance, and features of this mini PC.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC: Design
The ThinkCentre M710q isn’t much bigger than a paperback book, measuring 7.05 x 7.20 x 1.36 inches and weighing 2.91 pounds. The ThinkCentre M710q lacks the potent discrete graphics card and the easily accessible internal design of the HP workstation, even though it’s slimmer and smaller than the HP Z2 Mini.
With a simple metal chassis and a plastic front panel, the ThinkCentre M710q has a simple design. Lenovo adds flair with a honeycomb grille and a red accent, but for the most part, this is a sleek black box.
The tiny size makes sense since it can be mounted to the back of a monitor or the underside of a desk, hiding your PC hardware in plain sight. Lenovo includes a small stand with a tiny PC if you want to keep it out in the open.
The stand is more of a foot than an actual stand; it’s a small plastic bracket that attaches to the side of the chassis to help stabilize the box when it’s placed on its edge. One of the coolest aspects of Lenovo’s Tiny desktop line is its compatibility with its Tiny-in-One desktop display.
You can use the built-in slot to integrate the M710q or any other member of the ThinkCentre Tiny lineup from recent years, turning the monitor into a modular all-in-one.
If you have been putting off getting an all-in-one desktop due to upgradeability issues, the Tiny-in-One is a great option to consider.
Ports on the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC:
The ThinkCentre M710q packs a surprising number of ports into its small chassis. It has two USB 3.0 ports along with 3.5-millimeter jacks for headphones and microphones.
There are four USB 3.0 ports on the back, a DisplayPort video output, and an HDMI output. An 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter with a screw-on antenna is included, as well as a LAN port for wired networking.
Performance of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC
The review unit included an Intel Core i5-7500T processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB Opal-compatible solid-state drive with Windows 10 Pro-pre-installed. Despite having 10 tabs open and streaming both video and music, I didn’t notice any lag while browsing online.
The ThinkCentre M710q has a 256GB SSD that can copy a 4.97GB file at a rate of 169 MBps in 30 seconds. This is faster than the HP Z2 Mini G3 (101 MBps) and the HP Elite Slice (96 MBps), and outpaces the more pedestrian Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry (24 MBps). As a result of Opal compliance, the drive is ready to use with self-encrypted data security.
Despite its small size, the M710q Tiny is a serious office PC, and only its physical dimensions are small.
The ThinkCentre M710q’s 8GB of memory and Intel Core i5-7500T processor let it handle the demands of office productivity with ease. The ThinkCentre M710q scored 8,010 points on Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance.
There are other Core i7-powered PCs available, such as the HP Z2 Mini G3 (15,287) and the HP Elite Slice (13,999). Lenovo still outperforms such inexpensive pocket-sized PCs as the Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry (Intel Atom x5-Z8350, 4GB RAM), which scored only 2,283 points in the same test.
Our spreadsheet macro test was easily passed by the ThinkCentre M710q. Using our custom OpenOffice spreadsheet, it matched 20,000 names and addresses in 3 minutes and 52 sec, ranking between the HP Z2 Mini G3 (3:30) and the HP Elite Slice (4:05).
As with most mini PCs, the ThinkCentre M710q’s integrated graphics are standard; HP’s Elite Slice has comparable Intel HD Graphics 530, and Ockel’s Sirius B Black Cherry has less powerful Intel HD Graphics 400. HP’s Z2 Mini G3 (Nvidia Quadro M620) offers workstation-grade graphics. The ThinkCentre M710q has the graphics chops you need for your day-to-day needs.
In comparison to the workstation HP Z2 Mini G3, the ThinkCentre M710q scored 69,398 points, nearly doubling the score of the HP Z2 Mini G3 (12,689). While the ThinkCentre M710q isn’t designed to run games or render complex 3D models, it is in the same league as most standard office desktops.
Software and Warranty for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC
Windows 10 Pro was pre-installed on our review unit, but it can also be purchased with standard Windows 10.
The majority of the Microsoft apps are included, including Skype and 3D Paint, as well as a sample version of the Microsoft Office Suite.
Lenovo offers a utility suite that includes Lenovo Account Portal and Lenovo Vantage (a dashboard for running diagnostics, updating drivers, and getting app recommendations). However, Lenovo’s M710q is quite restrained in its use of bloatware.
The configurations of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny PC
There are many configuration options available for the ThinkCentre M710q Tiny, including customized processor, memory, storage, and software options.
For $449, you’ll get an Intel Pentium G4560T processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of 7,200 rpm HDD.
As part of our testing, an Intel Core i5-7500T processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB solid-state drive were included.
The top configuration includes an Intel Core i7-7700T, 32GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD with Opal compliance, all for $1,164. Adding software, like Microsoft Office, and several Adobe programs, like Acrobat or Photoshop Elements, as well as security software from McAfee or Norton, can add hundreds more to the price.
Pros and Cons
|Strong performance||Integrated graphics only.|
|Plenty of ports|
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny Desktop is a good choice if you’re looking for a compact desktop PC. Its utilitarian design combines power and flexibility, giving you all the ports you need and a small enough design to hideaway. When you need more power than most office PCs can provide, consider the HP Z2 Mini G3 for a similarly compact system with more powerful graphics. For the majority of offices, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny desktop is the best choice.