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Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Tim Danton

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC review: first look and videos

DSC04350The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC (and yes, we do mean Table PC rather than tablet PC) is yet another innovative product to come out of Lenovo’s Labs – and who knows, perhaps this really is a device of the future.

The idea is deceptively simple. This 27in all-in-one PC has been designed so the stand folds away, leaving a flat back. All you need to convert it into a “Table PC” is to lie it on a flat surface, be that a floor, a sofa or a real table.

Its two key components are a touchscreen that supports up to ten simultaneous finger inputs and an Intel Core i7 processor to power things along. But it also relies on an extra layer of software designed by Lenovo, which acts as the launchpad for all the apps it bundles.

For instance, you can see Monopoly in action below. It appears a neat integration from this early demo, and we can certainly see kids gathering round on a rainy day.

But perhaps even more engaging are more action-style games, especially when Lenovo spices things up with accessories.

First, take a look at our quick video of an air hockey game in progress. You’ll notice the player on the left fluffs a few shots because he doesn’t keep the striker on the computer’s surface.

We’re also fans of the mini joysticks that suck into place and then work in combination with finger inputs to control your characters.

There are educational apps too – a colouring one for young children, for instance – and this strikes me as a great family system. Don’t forget it’s also an all-in-one PC, after all.

This 27in version is due for release in the US in June for a princely $1,699; we still await confirmation of its UK release date and price.

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3 Responses to “ Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC review: first look and videos ”

  1. James Clark Says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This is a natural progression of all-in-one / tablet technology. It was only a matter of time before we saw the two converge. We’ve already seen Mike Jennings on the tube with the VAIO Tap 20. I just hope Sony and Lenovo aren’t getting ahead of themselves and launching these products before the technology is there to do them justice.

    In my opinion this is the way Apple is heading with iPads, iMacs and the convergence of iOS and OS X. Eventually I believe there will be a touchscreen battery powered iMac that can be unclipped from its stand and used as shown in the videos but I think we’re at least two iMac generations away, probably more, and there’ll most likely be a larger iPad before we get to that point too.

    My feeling is that if the technology was available to successfully achieve this now then Apple would be in the “Table PC” game too.

     
  2. Jon Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 1:26 am

    …this is pretty old news. I made my own last year ;) http://flic.kr/p/dBHGS5

     
  3. Pan Says:
    January 8th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Once the screen gets to a real desk top size (teh screen is your desk top) we may start to get a paperless office – just think all of your files available on your desk – pick them up drag them – even a pen to make notes now if that actually works…

     

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