CES 2013: Lenovo Announces 27", Windows 8-Powered "Horizon" Table PC
January 6, 2013 6:00 PM
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Lenovo's Horizon will start at $1,700
We have seen large, multi-touch table PC concepts in the past from
companies like Microsoft
. More recently, we've seen Sony tackle the sector with the
Vaio Tap 20
Now, Lenovo is looking to expand its presence in your living room with the 27" IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. The Horizon can lay on a flat surface (like a table or floor) where multiple users can gather around and interact with the touch interface.
Horizon supports simultaneous 10-finger touch, and even comes with a few cool peripherals to use including E-dice for card-based games and four joysticks (Lenovo currently has backing from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft for games with Horizon support).
When not being used in table mode, the Horizon can easily convert into a regular 27" desktop PC (1920x1080 resolution).
The Horizon runs
Windows 8 Pro
, packs in a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to a NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M graphics card with 1GB of memory, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and up to a 1TB HDD. A 64GB SSD can be optionally added. Other features include stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4, Bluetooth and 802.11n, 720p webcam, 6-in-1 media reader, and USB 3.0 support.
Thankfully, the Horizon includes an integrated battery so that families can gather around and interact with the device and not trip over wires. However, don't expect to go cordless for too long -- the integrated battery is only good for a maximum of two hours before you have to go scrambling to find the power cord.
“We've seen technology shifts across the four screens, from the desktop to the laptop, tablet and smartphone, and yet, while people have more computing power than ever before, there is still room for technologies like Horizon that bring people together," said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, Lenovo. "Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people,”
Lenovo's Horizon Table PC will not launch until early summer, and will feature a price tag starting at $1,699.
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A little disappointed by this article
1/6/2013 8:21:31 PM
There is no Windows 8 Professional. There is, however, a Windows 8 Pro. I have seen so many articles citing this Windows 8 Professional when that is not the name of the product.
The link to this "Windows 8 Professional" article about comparing sales to Windows Vista is very telling of the author's thoughts and stance on Windows 8. I usually do not have a problem with this, but this FUD-spreading about how Windows 8 is "terribad" is getting to be beyond nauseating.
You can downrate me all you want. Just please be careful to not spread any more FUD.
As for the product: I'm excited to see these AIO PCs/tablets start to come to light. The possibilities for a table-top entertainment device is incredibly interesting.
RE: A little disappointed by this article
1/7/2013 7:28:15 AM
You are aware that "Pro" is a shortened slang for "Professional" right???
Dont be a 'tard. Since you seem to be lacking in the shortened terms arena, that means your post is retarded.
RE: A little disappointed by this article
1/10/2013 6:01:13 PM
It's not slang. The product name is "Windows 8 Pro". See any Microsoft KB article affecting Windows 8. Affected version will say Pro. Also see Windows 8 SKUs on Wikipedia. Brandon even changed the verbage in the article to reflect this.
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