Lenovo all-in-one doubles as tabletop PC

The CES Digital Experience showcase always plays host to some interesting new concoctions. It was there last year that we saw Lenovo’s Yoga convertible laptop, which went on to become a shipping product following Windows 8’s release.

Lenovo had another interesting design to show this year. Our own Scott Wasson, who’s on the scene in Las Vegas, got up close and personal with the IdeaCentre Horizon, a fresh take on the convertible concept:

The Horizon isn’t a tablet. It’s a 27-inch all-in-one desktop that’s designed to double as a tabletop PC, not unlike the original Microsoft Surface. This system runs Lenovo’s Aurora tabletop interface, which lets users pinch, tap, and flick their way through photos and videos. Lenovo has also teamed up with game companies to bring tabletop games like Monopoly and air hockey to the device. Those games can be played with accessories (see above) including dice, air-hockey sliders, and joysticks that attach via suction cups.

If you’d like to see more, Lenovo has posted a video of the Horizon in action.

Scott was told the Horizon will be available this summer at prices ranging from $999 to $1,699, depending on the configuration. That sounds surprisingly affordable, considering Apple’s non-touch-enabled 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799.

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    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    I assume the ports are all in the back, which is unfortunate.

    You could put this in a frame on swivels, then just turn it upside down when you needed a coffee table.

    How many people blow thousands on a coffee table with some fancy-pants wood? I’d do this for kicks.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Dude, one real use for tabletop computers… accenting tabletop games! Pretty cool stuff.

    • insulin_junkie72
    • 7 years ago

    As soon as I saw the second picture, I thought, this looks like…

    [quote<]Lenovo has also teamed up with game companies to bring tabletop games like ... air hockey to the device.[/quote<] ...ding! Alas, the form factor doesn't really seem to lend itself to foosball.

    • drfish
    • 7 years ago

    I’m so confused… An easily portable version of Surface for $1,000 and people aren’t happy? I think this thing freaking rocks! Having recently started a game of Risk Legacy I’m getting chills thinking about the board game potential alone.

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      Monopoly with animated tiles, Risk with live action animated units, I gotta admit that’d be pretty entertaining, my only wory would be the one tool of a friend who insists on throwing the dice down for every roll. How would this screen hold up 😛

        • drfish
        • 7 years ago

        “live action animated units” – so much more than that! Read [url=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/22/cardboard-children-risk-legacy/<]this[/url<]. Now think of this "tablet" with a Kinect pointing down from above or the Leap motion control involved somehow... *drool*

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Just don’t take it on the subway and argue over the potency of the Ukraine.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Picture no. 1 demonstrates perfectly why Windows 8 Touch Enabled desktop monitors are a joke.

      • drfish
      • 7 years ago

      Maybe. But I’m willing to cut them some slack since we’re talking about a CES floor model.

    • internetsandman
    • 7 years ago

    I can’t watch the video on my phone (battery life concerns) but do they mention the resolution? It looks like a nice display from what I’ve seen, but I haven’t heard any concrete specs in terms of memory or processor or…anything really

      • Zizy
      • 7 years ago

      Nope, they dont mention the resolution, nor the specs. It is 1920×1080, as reported on some other sites. As for other hardware – i7 IB, GT 620M, 1TB HD + optional SSD and so.
      If it was a 2560×1440 display, it would be a much better product. The other problem is monitor stand – looks about as useless as they make them for a desktop monitor.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    couple years it’ll be embedded in rich peoples counters. THEN THE WORLD.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 7 years ago

    That video is ridiculous. They are lugging and using that thing around like it’s a normal sized tablet.

    • End User
    • 7 years ago

    That video is hilarious.

      • TravelMug
      • 7 years ago

      It is…amazing! My favorite line:

      “Easily fits into your home…”

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        Well…technically, it is smaller than the couch I moved last night, and [i<]that[/i<] fit through the front door...

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      In the video:
      Dad drinks coffee while doing inane crap with horizontal TABLEt.

      In real life:
      Dad spills coffee all over TABLEt and curses since his credit card is already maxed out.

      In the video:
      Two street-urchins who aren’t Dad’s biological children steal TABLEt and go off to draw whales.

      In real life:
      Street-urchin children aren’t allowed within 20′ of the TABLEt, but when they sneak past the electric fence they use it to make drawings… WITH CRAYONS. Dad curses again since his credit card is still maxed out.

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    Note to Lenovo: when displaying large touchscreen devices to 300,000 greasy hands under convention hall lighting, bring a cleaning cloth!

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      “I love how touch screens look when covered in fingerprints!”
      -said No One Ever.

      • MustangSally
      • 7 years ago

      Malphas says it’s not an issue.

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