Monday, January 07, 2013
Lenovo Unleashes New Windows 8 Touch Devices
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Lenovo today announced its new lineup of consumer and
business Windows 8 touch-optimized devices at the 2013
International Consumer Electronics Show.
Headlining the collection are new additions to the
portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks and the multimedia
intensive IdeaPad Z Series laptops as well as new
models of IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, from the
sleek A Series to the affordable and space-saving C
Lenovo also introduced a performance gaming desktop PC,
the Lenovo Erazer X700, designed for enthusiast-level
gaming and graphics-hungry applications. For small
businesses, the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops
introduce a Lenovo OneLink technology for new docking
capabilities, and to complete the new range of Windows
8 touch devices, the ThinkPad Mobile Monitor makes a
great companion as a second display, especially for
complementing non-touch devices with touch
Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 and U410 mainstream Ultrabook
devices come with 10-finger touch support. These 18mm
thin Ultrabooks are waking up from sleep in just one second with Instant Resume. They come with up to a 3rd
gen Intel Core i7 processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce
graphics with DirectX 11 and an extended battery life.
The IdeaPad U310 Touch will be available starting in
March. Models start at approximately $779. The IdeaPad
U410 Touch will be available starting in April. Models
start at approximately $850.
The IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 laptops are the
latest-generation of the Z Series and optimized for the
Windows 8 touch-based user interface. They support
10-point touch, feature specialized stereo speakers for
extra bass with Dolby Home Theatre v4, come with up to
3rd gen standard voltage Intel Core i7 processors and
include the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics technology.
These laptops give consumers 14-15.6-inch touch screen
real estate along with a backlit AccuType keyboard.
The IdeaPad Z500 Touch will be available starting in
April. Models start at approximately $699. The IdeaPad
Z400 Touch will be available starting in March. Models
start at approximately $699.
The Lenovo Erazer X700 with its cold blue lighting
design caters to enthusiast-level gamers. The desktop
comes with Lenovo's Onekey Overclocking feature that
allows users overclock at the click of a button while
simultaneously preventing the PC from overheating
thanks to its liquid cooling system. Because the Erazer
X700 leverages AMD Eyefinity technology, users can
connect up to six monitors and add up to 4 TB of
storage without tools while the PC is still running.
The desktop also comes with 32GB of memory, dual
graphics support (NVIDIA GeForce or ATI CrossFireX, up
to dual AMD Radeon HD and the latest Intel Core family
The Lenovo Erazer X700 will be available starting in
June. Models start at approximately $1,499.
The IdeaCentre A730 all-in-one desktop (AIO) combines
an optional 27-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) or 27-inch Full
HD (1920x1080) frameless display with 10-point
multi-touch into an less-than-an-inch thin frame with a
widely adjustable screen angle from -5° to 90°. The
A730 supports up to Windows 8 Pro, includes choices of
the 3rd gen Intel Core family of processors and
features large storage options up to 1TB.
The IdeaCentre A730 will be available starting this in
June. Models start at approximately $1,499.
The Lenovo C540 AIO with an optional touch screen is
one of the most affordable 23- inch touch AIOs for
family entertainment. It bundles technologies including
a 3rd gen Intel Core i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce
The IdeaCentre C540 will be available starting in
February. Non-touch models start at approximately $549.
Touch models will be available in June.
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 are the first ThinkPad
laptops to include Lenovo?s new OneLink technology.
Designed to offer simplicity through a single cable
connection, the new interface eliminates cable. The
first device to support the new technology is the new
ThinkPad OneLink Dock. Offering lag-free graphics and
audio performance through native video with dedicated
HDMI and audio ports, it can also play host to a number
of accessories through four USB ports. This technology
will also charge laptop and mobile devices. Lenovo
plans to offer additional OneLink devices in 2013. In
addition to touch functionality, the slim ThinkPad Edge
E431 and E531 laptops feature improved graphics options
for more vivid content on their displays up to full HD
and a five-button ClickPad lets users control Windows 8
features from the keyboard.
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 will be available
starting in May. Models start at approximately $539.
The ThinkPad OneLink Dock will be available starting in
May. Price will be approximately $99.
The sleek ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch is
Lenovo's next generation mobile monitor that offers
extra screen real estate and touch functionality.
Improving from its predecessor's design, the LT1423p
will be available in wired or wireless editions and
boasts a thin design with a 13.3 inch 1600 x 900 AH-IPS
panel protected by Gorilla Glass for a wide viewing
angle. Users can even experience touch control gestures
on non-touch PCs, and as an added benefit, business
users can take advantage of 10-point touch capability
or adopt paper-less commercial transactions by using
the electro-magnetic stylus.
The ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch will be
available during Q2 2013 and the price will be
Lenovo has also on display at CES a PC the size of a coffee table that works like a gigantic tablet. The
IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC has a a 27-inch screen with the innards of a Windows 8 computer built into it, and it can stand up on a table.
But you can pick it up off the table, unhook the power cord and lay it flat for games.
The Table PC will include plastic "strikers" for "Air Hockey," and joysticks that attach to the screen with suction cups for other games, including multiplayer shooter "Raiding Company."
Lenovo said the Table PC will go on sale this summer starting at $1,699.
Microsoft pioneered the idea of a table PC with the Surface, a PC with a 30-inch touch-sensitive screen released in 2008.
Sony has also released the Tap 20, an all-in-one PC that can also be laid flat. But it's smaller than the Lenovo model, at 20 inches diagonally.