Lenovo's Table-Sized IdeaCentre Horizon PC
The rapid uptake of touch-based interfaces is leading to so many new form factors. We're seeing smartphone screens grow, Ultrabooks turn into convertibles (to give them that tablet-like feel), and all-in-one desktops struggle to find their place in the world. After all, who really wants to reach up and touch their monitor when a keyboard and mouse does the job just fine?
Realizing this, Lenovo set out to do something a little different with its IdeaCentre Horizon, building an all-in-one with a 27" 1080p display and calling it a Table PC. Naturally, this thing's too big to be considered a tablet, and at close to 20 pounds, it's not something you'd want to haul around with you. Nevertheless, Lenovo arms two of its four Horizon SKUs with a built-in battery and carrying bag. The extent to which we see ourselves moving a machine this large around would probably be from the kitchen to the backyard, or maybe from a bedroom to the living room for family-night gaming. It probably wouldn't leave through the front door, despite its modest weight and impressive 1.3-inch thickness. But that seems to be the point; you get a nice big surface you can relocate at will, for any number of reasons.
Before we dig further into Lenovo’s vision of the ultimate all-in-one desktop, let's have a look at the machine's specifications in comparison to Dell's previously-tested XPS One 27 Touch.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 57315058||Dell XPS One Touch 27" (2710)|
|Platform||Intel BGA 1023, HM76 Express, Embedded PCIe Graphics||Intel LGA 1155, H77 Express, Embedded PCIe Graphics|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3337U (Ivy Bridge, 1.8-2.7 GHz, 3 MB Shared L3 Cache, 17 W Max TDP)||Intel Core i7-3770S (Ivy Bridge, 3.1-3.9 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, 65 W Max TDP)|
|RAM||2 x Ramaxel RMT3160ED58E9W1600 (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM, CL11||2x Nanya NT8GC64B8HB0NS-DI (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM, CL11|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GT 620M: 625 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600||Nvidia GeForce GT 640M: 645 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-4000|
|Display||10-Point Multi-Touch 27" LED Backlit Glossy LCD, 1920x1080||Capacitive Touch 27" LED Backlit Glossy LCD, 2560x1440|
|Webcam||720p (0.9 Megapixel) w/dual array microphone||2.0 Megapixel w/dual microphone and sliding cover|
|Audio||Realtek Integrated HD Audio with Dolby Home Theatre V4||Realtek Integrated HD Audio with WAVES MAXXAudio 4|
|Security||Kensington Security Slot||Kensington Security Slot|
|Hard Drive||Samsung Spinpoint ST1000LM024: 1 TB 5400 RPM 8 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s||Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001: 2 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache, SATA 6Gb/sSamsung MZMPC032HBCD-00000 32 GB MLC Cache Drive, mSATA 6Gb/s|
|Optical Drive||None||HL-DS 8x Slot-Loading DVD Burner/BDR Combo HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD CT40N|
|Media Drive||6-in-1 SDXC/MMC/MS flash media interface||8-in-1 SDXC/MMC/MS/xD flash media interface|
|Wireless LAN||Realtek RTL8188CD 802.11n PCIe||Intel Advanced-N 6235 802.11n PCIe|
|Wireless PAN||Integrated Bluetooth Transceiver on Wireless Combo Card||Integrated Bluetooth Transceiver on Wireless Combo Card|
|Gigabit Network||None||Atheros AR8161 PCIe 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet|
|USB||2 x USB 3.0||6 x USB 3.0 (4-rear, 2-side)|
|Expansion Card||None||1 x empty Mini PCIe (for optional TV tuner)|
|Audio||Headphone, Microphone||Headphone, Microphone, Rear Out, S/PDIF|
|Video||HDMI In (Display-Only)||HDMI Out, HDMI In (Display-Only)|
|Weight||PC 18.4 lbs, peripherals 2.8 lbs, Total 21.2 pounds||PC 34.4 lbs, peripherals 1.6 lbs, Total 36 pounds|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit, OEM||Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition, OEM|
|Warranty||One-year parts non-transferable||One-year parts/Labor w/In-Home Service|
The pricey Dell unit employs more performance-oriented parts, including a 2560x1440 screen, to justify its 42%-higher price. Alternatively, Lenovo counters Dell with portability in the form of lower weight and an integrated battery, adding to the attractiveness of saving $1000. Still, these two all-in-ones are the most closely-matched from a component perspective of any we’ve tested.