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January 06, 2014

Lenovo Shows PC far from Dead at CES

Pundits and Google and tablet makers galore have declared the PC is dead. Just don’t tell that to Lenovo. The Chinese PC maker, which is making a killing after buying IBM’s personal computer business, debuted some high powered and flexible PCs at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The crazy thing? These are desktops.

Now engineers and other power users still use desktops because they need the expansion capabilities. But most of us toil away on laptops, perhaps tied to docking stations in the office.

While the idea of desktops seems all too traditional, one of the Lenovo machines is far from it – it is an Android-based desktop!

Called the N308 Table PC, this baby has a quad-core Tegra processor from graphics king Nvidia.

Called an all-in-one PC, the device has a 19.5 inch touchscreen, an Ethernet port (when you have you ever seen a tablet with of those?), and is luggable, making it easy to take to the vacation house, or home after a hard day’s work.

The large monitor, meanwhile, is designed to sit on a table or desk.

A bit more traditional is the Horizon 2 Table PC, which runs the Intel Core i7 processor, the workhorse of many of today’s top laptops and even workstations. Again, the display is touchscreen, and on premium editions is an impressive 2560 by 1440 pixel resolution, to make media really shine and ease graphics work. The machine also has near-field communication (NFC) so it can show on its large screen content from your small smartphone.

The highly tilt-able machine can also be equipped with a special cart so it can be rolled from place to place. Finally the company has the ultra-thin A740 All-in-One PC. At one point, the machine is only 0.15 inches!

These new machines have a unique form factor, and this long time scribe wonders what person would prefer this to a more nimble laptop? Whether they succeed or not, we always love a new idea!

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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