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Lenovo ThinkCentre M78

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78
alaScore 81

81 reviews

Feb, 2019

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews of Lenovo ThinkCentre M78. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability. The size also gets good reviews.

size, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Good Computer For the price


If you need a good computer for basic business this is the computer you're looking for. It will be fast enough to last a while, and for front counters it's small enough to fit under the counter or to just put under the monitor/screen.

This computer is good for basic business use. It was setup for a front end computer in a store with all the checkout equipment


May, 2014

Consumer review (

Great Machine with PCI slots + serial port


I have bought 10 of these M78 towers and they have been great. Now I see that they are out of stock. Also have bought other M-series towers. Please keep the M78 towers or a similar M-series tower in stock at this price level. ($400-$500 range)

These are a really decent machine for the price. The really big plus for me is that they have 2 PCI slots needed for some legacy hardware. Come with Windows Professional on the M-series towers. They also have a serial port. They are a tower chassis and...

Harder and harder to find these in stock! They do have a different power supply connector, but I really don't find this to be a con. If you are looking for a gaming rig to toss a massive video card in, then look elsewhere

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (

Seems decent, but odd power supply


I would probably skip this computer for another with a normal power supply. I'm an IT guy myself, and the 2 most common things I replace are Hard drives and power supplies.

Decent for what you pay for, as a workstation and playing some basic games its pretty good ; Nice Case -> Love the handles on the Lenovo brand, easy to carry! Has easy to access USB ports on the front, Power button easy to push if the tower is on...

The power supply has a proprietary connection! I have never seen the power supply connection type. The main connection has 14 pins and then it uses 1 standard 4 pin connector. Be warned, it may be hard to find a power supply replacement! Especially a...

May, 2013

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Better than expected


M78 replaces an older Dell that was good in its time. The M78 is very fast with many excellant features. Win 7 Pro takes some getting used to but not being able to use some of my old XP programs is a bummer. Overall a very good tower unit that should...

Feb, 2013

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Good buy


I chose Lenovo because I had one before this and had no problems with it for 7 years. I chose a machine set up for business because computer companies want to keep business customers happy and so make use better components. This was $100 more than a...

Feb, 2013

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 5100 - A8 series 5500B 3.2 GHz - Monitor : none.


had a bunch of these come in very easy to set up and configure and have been in for around 9 months and given no headaches

Oct, 2012

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 5100 - A8 series 5500B 3.2 GHz - Monitor : none.


Very easy to customize. It is a solid machine with good performance at a low noise level. I have 16 of them installed and have not had issues with the first one.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 5100 - A8 series 5500B 3.2 GHz - Monitor : none.


Been a problem since we bought. Fan runs loudly when powering on, and no bios boot, have to unplug then replug in every time.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 5100 - A8 series 5500B 3.2 GHz - Monitor : none.


Awesome replacement for standard desktop PC. (1) power cord is all that's needed... no need for video/network cables, don't even need keyboard/mouse (although it comes with them).

Aug, 2012

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 5100 - A8 series 5500B 3.2 GHz - Monitor : none.


Another good machine by Lenovo. Put 4G of RAM in the pc and you should have any problems with them in an office environment.

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified:No / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis Type:Midi Tower / SFF / Tower
Colour of product:Black
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Professional
Number of 3.5" Bays:1 / 2 / 3
Number of 5.25" Bays:1 / 2
Placement supported:Horizontal/Vertical / Vertical
Water cooling system: No

Expansion slots

PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:1
PCI slots:2 / 4


Discrete graphics adapter memory:512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 8470 / No / NVIDIA GeForce 205 / Nvidia GeForce 605
On-board graphics adapter:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 7000
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7480D / AMD Radeon HD 7540D / AMD Radeon HD 7560D / No


Internal Memory:10 / 2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 1866
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:4x DIMM


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

BD interface type:SATA
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Ultimate 64bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Professional 32bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Professional 64bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Home Premium 32bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Home Premium 64bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Home Basic 32bit (SP1)\nWindows 7 Starter 32bit (SP1)\nWindows XP Professional (SP3)
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Cooling type:Active
Dimensions (WxDxH):175 x 412 x 365
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:AMD / nVidia
HDD user password: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mac compatibility: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Speakers: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:740 x 700 x 2040 / AAC, AC3, MP3, OGG / Adobe Reader\nSkype / ThinkVantage\nSystem Update\nView Management Utility\nLenovo Support\nLenovo Companion\nLenovo Cloud Storage\nLenovo Solution Center\nDesktop Power Manager\nPC Device Stage\nEvernote\nSkype\nCyberlink PowerDVD\nCyberlink Power2Go\nCyberlink PowerProducer\nNitro Pro\nAccuWeather\nNorton Studio
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Keyboard Included:N / Y
Keyboard number of keys:104
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N / Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Audio output channels:5.1
Audio system:HD / HDA / High Definition Audio
Motherboard chipset:AMD A75
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS
Product Type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4 / 6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power Supply:240 / 280 / 450


Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8
Processor cache:1 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor Cores:2 / 3 / 4
Processor family:AMD A
Processor frequency:3.2 / 3.4 / 3.6
Processor Model:A4-5300 / A4-5300B / A6-5400B / A8-5500B
Processor Socket:Socket FM2
Processor threads:2

Processor special features

Intel 64: No
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No


Bundled software:Adobe Reader\nSkype
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:Norton Internet Security / Norton Internet Security 2011 / Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Office


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 250 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
RAID Levels:0, 1
RAID support: Yes
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 250 / 500

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:36.8 / 38.1 / 41.2 / 41.4 / 44.2
Height :10 / 17.5 / 33.3 / 36.5 / 41.4
Weight:12.5 / 7.5
Width:17.5 / 33.9 / 41.5 / 9.7