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08 April 2014

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27

Is it a family PC? Is it a gaming machine? Hell, it’s both!

Gagan Gupta
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All-in-one PCs seem to be finally coming of age. There was this awkward moment when manufacturers were going the iMac way, offering a compact design as the main USP, but now, with Windows 8 touch capabilities, we’re finally getting to see innovation that PCs had been missing for a while.

The Horizon 27 is essentially an all-in-one PC, but you’ll be forgiven for thinking it is simply a very intelligent 27-inch screen. It’s powered by an i7 processor, and packs in great specs on all fronts, including 8GB RAM, 1TB + 8GB SSHD. The Nvidia N13M graphics processor isn’t its strongest suit, so you’re better off plugging a gaming console into its HDMI-in slot, rather than gaming on Windows itself.

That said, the graphics processing is ample for Levnovo’s pre-loaded suite of apps, which really bring out the functionality of this tabletop.

Essential to mention here that the Horizon 27 was designed not just for conventional PC use, but also as a family entertainment machine. The rear stand folds right into the chassis, so you can place the PC flat on a table, and use it for some innovative family gaming. Of course, you can play traditional board games such as Monopoly using its touch screen, but the device also comes bundled with extra accessories like an air-hockey paddle, a dice and two on-screen joysticks, which can be used with Lenovo’s built-in games. The Horizon 27 also packs in an 8-cell battery, in case you want to get it off the cables for a quick game.

And there is quite a suite of these games, along with media players and other applications, all built into a parent app called the Lenovo Aura, which does make good use of the 10-point touchscreen interface that’s on offer here.
It’s about time entertainment PCs got more into the Indian mainstream, and Lenovo does seem to be heading in the right direction. A little more prowess on the hardcore gaming capabilities, and this would have been the perfect package. Still, it’s hard to ignore the uniqueness it offers as a family PC.

At a glance:
Display:  27-inch Full HD, 10-point muli-touch, 16:9
Processor: Core i7 3537U 2.0G
RAM: 8GB DDR3
GPU: Nvidia N13M (2GB)
Storage: 1TB + 8GB SSHD
OS: Windows 8 64 Bit
Optical drive: External Blu-ray
I/O: 2 x USB 2.0 + 2 x USB3.0, 8 in 1 Card Reader, HDMI In/Out
WiFi: Wireless (2.4 Ghz) 802.11bgn
Price: Rs 1.38 lakh

Tags: hardware, pc, horizin, ideacentre, lenovo

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