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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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Facial Recognition?
By StraightPipe on 6/30/2008 12:29:33 PM , Rating: 5
Can I just print out a 8.5"x11" photo of the administrator and use it to login?

RE: Facial Recognition?
By SilthDraeth on 6/30/2008 1:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
Probably. Assuming the Administrator uses his mug to log in.

RE: Facial Recognition?
By lagitup on 6/30/2008 1:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have facial recognition on my asus laptop and its really crappy...have to register my face in all the places i want to use facial login because its so dependent on lighting. Not that that would be a problem on a desktop, but it would kind of rain on your printing out a picture parade.

You could always do what they did in the Da Vinci Code (or was it angels and demons?) and kill the admin for his face...

RE: Facial Recognition?
By stmok on 6/30/2008 5:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
That will not work. The software is made quite well, and it will identify a photo vs a real face.

Hell, if you grab a photo, cut out the eyeholes and face the camera, the software will know.

I've tried it with a relative's IdeaPad. (has the same software).

Another feature it will do, is take a picture of the person who tried (and failed) to access your system.

I guess the only way around it is to get a professional makeup person who's very experienced in prosthetic makeup, etc.

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