In a world obsessed with size, where Apple is rumoured to come up with a 7-inch tablet on the heels of Samsung, Lenovo has launched a computer that can work as a desktop, TV, or a whopping 27-inch tablet, thanks to the 10-point touch screen that is its USP.
Called IdeaCenter A720 All-in-One, this computer has an adjustable, frameless screen that can tilt from -5 degrees to 90 degrees. The multi-touch screen can sense input at 10 simultaneous points and uses surface acoustic waves to detect input more accurately. Surface acoustic waves, or SAW, is a breakthrough touch technology that provides high optical clarity and accuracy, and finds its usage in a number of new medical applications.
This new shiny Lenovo toy comes packaged with a bluetooth mouse and a rather slim keyboard. The massive screen stands on a small, thin, retractable pedestal that also doubles up as the brain of the computer. The remote is one palm-sized unit that is basically your keyboard and mouse condensed into a device that can work from 10 meters away.
Optional wall-mount kit and single-cord design mean you can display it anywhere you want. Mount it on the wall and it becomes a TV. Lay it flat and becomes an oversized tablet. Tilt the screen 10 degrees on the desk and it becomes a very stylish desktop.
The IdeaCenter is a complete entertainment system in itself: a high-contrast, high-definition, LED display, robust Dolby® stereo sound comparable to home theaters, powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, and provides HDMI/ DVD/ Bluetooth/ USB 3.0 connectivity to connect your other devices and stream content. Throw in the integrated but optional TV Tuner and remote and you have a second TV. The multi-function remote can also be used to play games.
For the geeky, following are the main specs, (detailed specs can be seen here):
|Thickness (Depth)||220 mm|
|OS||Windows 7, free upgrade to Windows 8|
|Resolution||1920 by 1080 px|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-3610QM, Quadcore, 3.3 GHz|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GT630, dedicated 2 GB VRAM|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|HDD||5400RPM, 1 TB|
|Discs||DVD, Blue Ray|
|Audio||Dolby Home Theater|
|Webcam||720p resolution, HD|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, USB 2.0 & 3.0, HDMI, Wifi, Bluetooth|
|Other features||Card Reader, TV Tuner, Remote|
Though the A-series page on the Lenovo India store shows A720 as ‘Coming Soon’, the IdeaCenter page shows the price as Rs. 84,990, which is surprisingly much cheaper than in the US, where it is retailing on the web for $1,949 (Rs. 109,574 per the exchange rate at the time this was being written).
Perhaps the only thing the A720 misses is mobility, but inside the home, given the budget, this could be the king of all devices. I wonder what wonders the Galaxy Nexus Q combined with this beast can do.