Turning the tables on the home computer

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC.(Levono)

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC.(Levono)

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, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has launched a 27-inch 'tabletop' PC that can be used as a giant, family-sized tablet or paired with a keyboard and mouse to operate like a traditional desktop computer.

Called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, it is designed to lie flat on any (large enough) surface and is focused as much on multi-player touch-screen gaming as it is on productivity and other, more traditional PC uses.

Taking full advantage of the touch interface in Windows 8, the computer supports 10-finger touch, comes with a selection of pre-loaded gaming and education apps from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, among others, and will ship with a special set of accessories including e-dice and four joysticks. The device is also supported by a dedicated apps store that currently has more than 5,000 multi-user entertainment apps.

Explaining the logic behind the computer's design, Peter Hortensius, the company's president of product, indicated that the Horizon represents Lenovo's vision of the 'post-PC' world and said: "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."

The Horizon follows a similar product release by Sony which, in November, launched the VAIO Tap 20, a 20-inch table-top tablet that also doubles as a family PC.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show, which officially opens Tuesday, Lenovo also plans to demonstrate a 39-inch version of the device, currently code-named 'Gamma,' which is still in an early conceptual stage but illustrates the direction in which the company believes the personal and family computer market is moving.

IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is expected to retail for $1,699 and is set for launch this summer.


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