Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Compact PC Review

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny

Today we have our review of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny. As its name suggests, the system is small. As office space becomes more expensive, companies have looked to maximize floor space utilization. Lenovo has taken this customer directive to craft a machine that requires little to no floor space. Many users may never even see their Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny if it is hidden behind a monitor or under a desk.

The M720q Tiny gives the power of a normal bulky workstation in a small desktop package not much larger than a small book. Like the P320 Tiny we reviewed the M720q Tiny’s small size makes this setup an ideal choice for small workspaces, office use, and kiosks in display areas and those who simply do not want a large tower or cumbersome laptops and can support a pair of displays. The biggest addition in this generation is a 6-core CPU that adds 50% more cores even in a small form factor.

In our Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny review, we are going to show you around the outside and inside the system. We are going to look at the unit’s performance. In the end, we will wrap up with our final thoughts.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Overview

Our Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q review unit came with standard Lenovo packaging and also included keyboard and mouse to round out the packaging.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Table Position
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Table Position

Here we show the M720q Tiny in the tabletop position. Rubber padding on the bottom helps to keep the unit from sliding on your tabletop. If you use Wi-Fi, the antenna attaches to the back by simply screwing in the WiFi antenna in place. In this position, the PM720q Tiny uses a very small footprint on your desk.

The upright position using the included desk mount.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny On Stand
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny On Stand

In this position, the M720q Tiny uses even less table space and looks attractive.

Let us take a look at the front and rear output ports.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Front
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Front

Whare you can see here for the front I/O is:

  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Microphone jack
  • Audio Jack
  • Power Button

This configuration is relatively static.

Moving to the rear of the chassis:

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Back
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Back

Here is a list of the rear I/O ports:

  • Power Adapter Port
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • LAN Port

In the expansion bay, we see a USB 3.1 Type-C with a blank expansion port next to this. Let us next open the unit to see what expansion looks like.

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny opens by unscrewing the large back screw in the center, the top then slides off.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Top
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Top

The insides of the M720q Tiny are packed as we might expect, a large expansion bay on the left takes up half of the space, while on the right side the CPU cooler reserves all the available space.

To access the bottom service area simply slide off the bottom cover plate.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Bottom
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Bottom

At the bottom we find memory and M.2 storage bays, there are open slots for expansion on our review sample.

Let us move on to the supplied software and then test the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny.

3 COMMENTS

  1. My experience with these super small form factors is heat. Often, the CPUs have a hard time getting cooled by the small squirrel fans. However, it’s often not the CPU that dies of the heat, but the components on the board next to them which experience the same heat-soak and often aren’t rated for such high prolonged temps. The fans don’t circulate air within the case, and having the memory and NVMe on the complete other side might cause additional issues as those are often high temp components (Maybe some thermal pads to the metal chassis to act as a heatsink would help there).

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