Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon All-in-One Tablet PC

If you’ve been wondering whether the next generation PCs would only come in the shape of a hybrid system as we are often offered nowadays, think again! This is the main idea AIO PCs are still feeding our brains and interests, and truly, they serve some great purposes hybrid ultrabooks and systems fail to offer up to this date. Let’s take a deep look at the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon series as an example. With a 27-inch display, a decent set of specs, and an Easter basket of accessories specifically designed for family games, are you willing to spend around $1,500 for the non-hybrid option?

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is nothing unusual, and we are not really surprised that much about the ‘tabletop’ idea, so to say. The AIO PC of Lenovo is more than just a desktop; literally, it is a very BIG tablet that you can pass around from room to room in your house (we’ll learn about the technical details later). However, for the display size as mentioned, we would actually love to see more than just a PC. Lenovo compensated by adding some ‘toys’ to make this tabletop PC work better and surprisingly than expected, but the limits are locked there.

Measuring 27.18×16.94×1.17 inches and weighing 8.6 kgs, you would surely argue at an instant that this TABLET is a no-portable machine but rather a furniture that you can bring along as you ride a taxi. Hilariously, if you are really thinking that this is a tablet, then you would be disappointed that there’s not a designed sleeve or protective cover on it much like you’d see offered for iPads. But the Horizon is an AIO, and there comes the wired keyboard and mouse. However, would you really use a wired one? I’d prefer not because there are only two USB 3.0 ports available, and that’s seriously wrong, I think.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon has a front surface that looked like any touch-screen surfaces, and the bezels thankfully are not that obtrusive to the peripherals. Around the device comes the said limited number of USB ports. There’s also the integrated 720p webcam that you would want to use on a minimal window size or else your kids will count the too-visible pixels, dual microphone pinholes, two speaker grilles, a 6-in-1 card reader, the expected audio ports, the power port, and the HDMI-in. Having no HDMI-out port means that Lenovo must have intended this display to be used on its own at all costs, so to say. Lastly, there’s the spring-loaded slim hinge at the back that you would love to secure every time you convert this slate from an AIO to tablet.

You’d also expect that for the said price, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is supposed to be packed with the greatest hardware at least to make it fully a performance machine and a family-oriented appliance on your house. This is what disappointed me a bit; though yes, the price includes a ‘dice’ and some hockey pivot sticks to be enjoyed along, I would rather expect that the 1080p big display would also be good with TV support, i.e., an antenna with a tuner, maybe. This, I think would be a great selling point thinking that tabletop PCs can also be good not only in reading online newspapers but also watching CNN news; thanks also to the IPS panel that makes the display worth the sharing with a crowd.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon has configurations that run from a Core i3 processor to i7, RAM of up to 8GB DDR3, a discrete graphics of NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M from 1-2GB, single-band Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0, and surprisingly, there’s no optical drive. The Horizon is a fully functional Windows 8 PC with 10-point touch support, but it is not really a performer to be used by serious video editors and 3D artists. And yes, a thing that also makes the Horizon more family oriented is the new ‘Aura’ interface wherein multiple users can open different minor apps like galleries all at the same time from a single rotating wheel pinned at the center.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is an enhanced idea of making AIO PCs more family friendly. However, the price is actually too much for me thinking that the specs aren’t that good enough to compensate outside the included gaming toys. Playing Air Hockey or Chess with friends can be really fun, but the 2-hour battery life will only mean that you better stay at home to fully enjoy this big stylish slate.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon All-in-One Tablet PC Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 67,000.00

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