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Lenovo IdeaCenter K210  (Source: Lenovo)
New Lenovo IdeaCenter K210 desktop comptuer is aimed at consumers

Lenovo is known outside of China for its business-oriented laptop and desktop computer systems. Inside China, however, Lenovo has been selling consumer-oriented systems as well as business systems for a while. Today Lenovo has announced its first consumer aimed desktop computer for markets other than China.

The desktop is called the IdeaCenter K210 and has some interesting features not found on other desktop computers at this time. One of the unique features is Bright Vision capability. This feature can automatically adjust the brightness of the display depending on how far from the screen the user is for ideal visibility and less eye strain.

The keyboard of a shared computer can be one of the biggest sources of germs in a home. The K210 features an antibacterial keyboard that helps to avoid the spread of germs. Lenovo also uses VeriFace facial recognition technology in the K210, which allows the user to log in to the system without typing or swiping a finger. An attached webcam recognizes the users face and logs in to the system.

The K210 is available in several different configurations with CPUs up to Intel Core 2 Quad, the OS is Windows Vista, standard graphics come via the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, and storage is up to 500 GB.

The system can be optioned with up to 4GB of RAM and all K210’s feature a 16-in-1 media reader -- a Blu-ray drive is optional. Gamers can opt to upgrade graphics to ATI Radeon 2600 XT, not that that card will actually do much gaming. The base price for the K210 is $379 after a mail-in rebate.

Lenovo also has a pair of LCDs intended to be paired with the K210. The 19-inch L195W retails for $229 and a 22-inch L222W is priced at $299. Both LCD prices are after mail-in rebates.

Lenovo’s most recent offering was the 11.1-inch U110 ultra-portable notebook, which DailyTech covered in April of 2008.

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RE: GMA X3100
By murphyslabrat on 6/30/2008 11:56:24 AM , Rating: 4
I wish people would stop bashing AMD for the sake of it.

I wish people would stop defending AMD when no one is assaulting them. The 2600 xt is a crappy card, just like the 3650, and 8600GT. They can play games, which means you can play with friends. I would be happy with a 2600XT in a laptop, but it it's a desktop there is no excuse to not pay a little more for a decent card.

Yes, you can game on a 2600XT, and they are pretty cheap. For upgrading a computer, it makes sense. However, with the total purchase price of around $600, why not pay 13% more to get a decent card?

RE: GMA X3100
By rudolphna on 6/30/2008 12:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, thats exactly what i did. I was on a budget. I must be paranoid, i apologize. I run a 3 year old gateway, with a 3Ghz Pentium 4 Prescott. I had a geforce 6600GT (can anyone say crappy for gaming?) and i needed something with a lot more kick. So i spent the money, and got a Sapphire 2600XT 512. Runs great. For most hard core gamers, a 2600xt will not do. but most of those people will be building their own systems anyway. For the vast majority of the population, a 2600XT will be more than sufficient. Especially when you think about the fact that many "higher end" PCs from Best buy come with a 2400pro or a geforce 8400gs.

RE: GMA X3100
By Chaser on 6/30/2008 1:21:56 PM , Rating: 3
A 2600XT is at the top end of the lower end. Sorry. "better than adequate" would be more than accurate.

It might be very suitable for the "vast majority of people" that just buy a computer but don't research video performance. But you don't have to be a "hard core gamer" to get a much better value, especially today.

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