Instead of going small like Apple and the iPad Mini, Lenovo has gone big with the announcement of a 27″ computer that functions as a tablet or desktop PC. The IdeaCentre Horizon is a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that can either lie flat on any surface or be propped up to use with a keyboard and mouse.
It can offer both a personal computing experience and a shared computing experience. As a ‘Table PC’, two or more people can use the screen at once. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 and offers touchscreen gameplay for several players.
It also includes the Lenovo App Shop, which gives users access to over 5,000 multi-user entertainment apps. The IdeaCentre Horizon will be available in the summer for $1,699. Peter Hortensius, product group president at Lenovo, 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.