It is that time of year of again, the Consumer Electronics Show is here and Lenovo is kicking it off with a bang! They have just unveiled the worlds first Table PC for the home and the first “interpersonal PC”, the IdeaCentre Horizon. Lenovo describes “interpersonal PC” as multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience. To say the least the IdeaCentre Horizon is one of the most unique devices on the market.
It is a table PC, that features a 27-inch display. It can lie flat on a table or any surface, yet it can transform into desktop easily whenever it is needed. Two or more people can use it at the same time, it has been designed for touch gaming among many people, and has support for interactive physical gaming accessories. It is running Windows 8 and is bringing customized games from Ubisoft and Electronics Arts to the table. It will let you play these games in ways that you have never seen before. A key role in the Horizon is hat it has 10-finger touch , this will let many people use the device and play games at once. I mentioned some gaming accessories before, and these are like e-dice or four joysticks and strikers, that will take your gaming to the next level. This is part of the special set of accessories that comes with the IdeaCentre Horizon. Lenovo is calling this type of gaming, “phygital” because it is part digital and part physical. The display is a 27-inch backlit full HD multi-touch display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080. It is powered by a NVIDIA Graphics card which will give you dynamic graphics. Plus a large part of the Horizon is for gaming and entertainment. You get the Lenovo App Shop which is powered by Intel AppU, this will give you access to over 5,000 multi-touch applications. Pre-loaded on the Horizon you get exclusive access to many different games and educational applications from companies like Open Labs, FilmOn TV, and many others. You will be able to play Monopoly and take advantage of the e-dice, use the Lenovo Joystick in Raiding Company and FishingJoy, use phone and tablet applications via BlueStacks, access over 120 streaming channels on FilmOn TV, let the artist out from inside you with the Paint, Color Corner applications, and many other applications await you on the Horizon. To make sure the Horizon can run all of the entertainment and gaming applications it is powered by Intel Core i7 processors, and it will give you great performance. Lenovo has designed a unique and custom user interface for the Horizon, and that is Aura. This will automatically activate and open up when the Horizon is laid down. Aura makes it super easy to open applications, download new ones, and let the family use the Horizon all at once. The IdeaCentre Horizon features an optional Hinge System that allows you to lay it anywhere or have it stand up at 90 degrees for a desktop all-in-one experience. The hinge works very nicely into the design, and the Horizon comes in at just 27 millimeters thick. This is amazingly thin for a device of this size. It weighs in at just 8.06g kilograms, making it easy to move around the house wherever you want to use it. It has a built-in 2 hour battery, letting you experience the Horizon without having to move a power cord with it as well. The IdeaCentre Horizon is a very exciting product and really shows that Lenovo is full of innovation. Lenovo is also showing off a 39-inch Table PC, codenamed “Gamma”, at the Consumer Electronics Show. It shows off what you can do on an even larger screen and Lenovo’s innovation for future Table PC’s and their future direction. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available in the early summer through Lenovo.com and Lenovo Business Partners! It will retail for approximately $1,699. I am super excited about the IdeaCentre Horizon and cannot wait to get my hands on it. Be sure to check out the gallery and press release below! And Stay Tuned To NJTechReviews For All Of The Latest News From The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show!
Lenovo Pioneers “Interpersonal Computing” with World’s First Table PC For the Home
Multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device makes computing collaborative
Connects families with library of learning and entertainment apps by top game-makers
LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, the world’s first “interpersonal PC,” a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience.
As a Table PC, Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way players have never before seen. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27- inch high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Lenovo also today demonstrated a large 39-inch wide-screen Table PC, code-named “Gamma.” While still an early concept, Gamma illustrates the outstanding multi-user entertainment experiences such a large screen can provide and is indicative of Lenovo’s future direction in Table PC computing.
“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. Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, Lenovo. “Now many people can enjoy different photos, music and video on the same screen, and they can play games with our special accessories that blend physical and digital interaction. Horizon reflects our commitment to delivering the innovative products that define the PC Plus era.”
A Table PC for the Home
Horizon unleashes the power of Windows 8 and brings multi-player games to life with its gigantic screen, dynamic graphics and 10-finger touch. It comes with a special set of accessories including an e-dice and four joysticks and strikers to offer a completely new digital gaming experience that combines the physical gaming accessory with the on-screen action. For the player, the action is part physical, part digital – an activity that Lenovo refers to as “phygital.”
The Horizon Table PC includes Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated apps store powered by Intel AppUp giving users access to 5,000+ multi-user entertainment apps. Horizon also comes with exclusive access or package of pre- loaded gaming and educational apps from industry leading vendors including Electronic Arts, FableVision, Open Labs, Ubisoft, FilmOn TV and hundreds of top games and apps from BlueStacks so players of all ages can:
- Become a real estate tycoon in a modern take on the classic MONOPOLY
- Maneuver the Lenovo joystick uniquely customized for FishingJoy and Raiding Company
- Discover, download and run chart-topping phone and tablet apps on Horizon powered by BlueStacks
- Challenge friends and family to race their way to the finish line in Draw Race 2 HD
- Vie to grab the spotlight and be crowned King of the Opera
- Create music and songs like Grammy-award winning artists do with Stagelight
- Access more than 120 streaming TV channels on FilmOn TV
- Enjoy painting and coloring in the Paint, Color Corner app or play contest games in Lenovo Best Guess
With Horizon’s smart hinge system, users can easily lay it flat and in so doing, the Lenovo Aura multi-user, multi-touch interface (UI) will automatically activate. This simple UI lets families play, learn or enjoy multimedia content together on one screen. Aura also serves as a great way to launch pre-loaded gaming and educational apps or download new ones from the online app store.
In addition, Horizon performs beautifully as a family’s main all-in-one desktop for work and play. Its impressive large backlit screen can be seen from virtually any angle and its NVIDIA GeForce graphics make content look gorgeous with smooth and seamless video playback, eye-popping graphics and heart-pounding Dolby Home Theatre® v4 audio. To support such a command performance, Horizon is powered by Intel® CoreTM i7 processors.
As an option, Horizon offers a moveable and space-saving Horizon Multimode Table. This adjustable table allows users to change the angle and height position of the Table PC, from lying flat to a straight-up, ‘wall-like mount’ at 90 degrees. Lenovo offers an array of protection services for the Horizon Table PC, including In- Home Warranty upgrades for service at the owner’s home or business and up to three years of warranty coverage. Additionally, Lenovo Premium Support’s expert technicians are available when needed with convenient over the phone or remote session support from the comfort of home.
Pricing and Availability¹
The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available beginning in early summer through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Prices start at approximately $1,699.
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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think- branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.
¹Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.