Hybrid PCs are starting to grow in number. With the launch of Windows 8 tablets, more and more companies are starting to evolve the PC. Lenovo is now taking the plunge in this evolutionary battle with its Horizontal Table PC concept. What this basically means is that you can use the PC as a standard PC, or you can place it over a coffee table, gather a bunch of your friends around it and multi-engage on the PC! Sounds interesting? Read on to learn more about the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 : Multi Purpose Multi User Table PC
When the 10-inch tablet first came out, I felt a bit weird carrying around such a big device. Lenovo’s spring/summer offering is going to take this weirdness to greater heights. Imagine carrying a 27 inch tablet around the house or workplace. That’s what Lenovo intends for you to do with the IdeaCentre Horizon 27.
Basically, you have a full fledged PC, with an up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Windows 8 OS, 27 inches backlit 1920×1080 multi-touch widescreen display, NVIDIA graphics, up to 1TB HDD storage, up to 8GB DDR3 memory, stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theatre, integrated 720p HD webcam, all of which comes in about a 8.6 kgs or 18.95 pounds package.
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The PC rests on a stylish stand and works just like any other PC, until you decide to invite your kids, friends, or colleagues over to play or work with you. Then you just carry the PC, place it on a coffee table, floor, bed, or just about any flat surface and Voila! it turns into the IdeaCentre Horizontal Table PC. Although the PC runs on Windows 8, Lenovo’s unique operating system Aura is built over Windows 8 and it take’s over.
Aura lets users to multi-access the touch interface. That means multiple users ( as many as 10 fingers) can shuffle around photos, play games, and access videos among other things, all at the same time. Lenovo also plans to offer responsive accessories such as a Joystick, Striker, and an e-Dice, which combines both physical as well as touch gaming elements. Lenovo is also roping in developers to fill up its app store with Horizon-focused games.
The low end model is expected to be priced $999 and Lenovo believes that more of such devices will start coming out later this year. The idea of multi using a PC doesn’t appeal much to me, but time will tell how successful or popular these devices are going to be.
Here’s a little IdeaCentre Horizon Video teaser.
What do you think about a horizontal table PC?