Want: 27-inch ‘Tablet’ Computer

Lenovo is releasing a 27-inch Windows 8 touch-screen PC. A wheeled stand invites users to gather ’round, while another concept turns the computer into a coffee table. Much of the software demonstrated so far consists of games, with joysticks and air hockey paddles to go with them. IdeaCentre Horizon has two versions at $999 and $1,699. Some reactions:

- It’s “very, really, incredibly silly and dumb. But that’s not a bad thing!” notes Kyle Wagner at Gizmodo. The all-in-one “seems like the kind of thing that all your friends might not actually want, but would be more than happy to come over to your house and play with.”
- The Verge: The Horizon is “almost as cool as the Microsoft Surface—but much more gimmicky.” Still, it’s “definitely fun to use and play with.”
- Chris Burns at SlashGear is more complimentary, pointing to “fabulous viewing angles and a rather realistically nice setup—in other words, it felt as though we’d really, actually use it in the real world. Not such a thing can be said about all massive touchscreen devices such as this.”


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