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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RE: Wow... just wow
1/7/2013 12:27:41 PM
It's a 27" touchscreen that allows for 10 simultaneous inputs. The cheapest 27" touchscreen on Newegg, period, is $900, and most of them are more expensive than this entire computer.
My issue with this is that I don't want to replace my monitor every time I do a hardware upgrade. That goes double when the monitor is REALLY expensive! This is why I find iMacs ridiculous: beautiful screen that you discard every time you want a ~$200 CPU upgrade.
Anyway, different people have different computing needs. This might be useful for... someone.
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