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Lenovo's 'IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC' - Review

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Lenovo recently launched the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 table PC along with some all-in-one computers. The Horizon is battery powered and can be collapsed into table top mode.

In looks, it is pretty much like that Sony VAIO Tap 20. It has an inbuilt stand to support the screen and enable it stand upright. While really slim, at just over an inch in thickness, it is also sturdy enough at 17 pounds. The rubberized bumpers make portability a breeze.

It is basically a 27 inch 1080p slate that has been designed for smooth multi touch user input. You have a choice of processors ranging from Intelâs Core i3 through i7, and an NVIDIA Graphics card of GeForce GT 620 M. On board storage is at an ample 1 TB and the battery is inbuilt.

You can toggle between the Aura moon dial interface and the normal Win 8 UI. The Aura is basically a center for games, educational apps and audio visual media. The intention is to provide wholesome family entertainment for everyone at home. When the Horizon is switched on, by default, the Aura UI is launched, and you can see a blank desktop with a ring in the middle. On the ring you will find icons for games, educational apps, photos videos and so on. When you tap on the pictures you can see thumbnails, and you can drag the images on to the desktop, and even rotate or resize them as you want. You can do the same with videos, which appear in a separate window.

Minimizing the photos and videos is interesting; you just spread your fingers on an empty space on the desktop and they move off to the screenâs edges. To restore, just bring your fingers together.

To view photos and videos on full screen, you need to launch the dedicated gallery app.

This machine is perfectly suited for multi player games and you can find several thousand games already loaded on it, like Monopoly, King of the Opera, Draw Race 2 HD, Fishing Joy, Color Corner and Raiding Company. Monooply has been especially customized for the Horizon. You can also play air hockey with the use of actual air hockey paddles for controlling the on screen avatars.. But probably the most amazing game is the Texas Hold âem poker game. It displays a card table on the screen that can be used by four players. Thanks to integration with an Android app (with the help of Bluestacks), players can also view their hidden cards on their phones, while keeping them hidden from their opponents. You can also have remote players joining in the game through their Smartphones; so now you need not miss your weekly poker game in L.A because you had to travel to Chicago!

Interestingly you also get a couple of strikers, four joysticks and a pair of electronic dice, making it even more gaming friendly. You can also choose to include a stand that will let you use the machine in either desktop or flat table mode by adjusting the angle.

In addition to this you have access to over 100 channels via the FilmOn TV app. Tapping on the app store icon will take you to the storeâs UI stocked with samples of titles.

At $1,699 the Horizon is definitely not cheap; but it has the specifications to go with the price, so you cannot really complain. While it is not the first all in one desktop that also functions as a tablet, it has brought in some ground breaking changes with the robust ecosystem surrounding it. If youâre a family of avid gamers, then this machine definitely needs to be on your top list.


This article has been brought to you by Teyona Dame of www.xfinityonline.com, offers savings and current information on xfinity.

Lenovo recently launched the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 table PC along with some all-in-one computers. The Horizon is battery powered and can be collapsed into table top mode.

In looks, it is pretty much like that Sony VAIO Tap 20. It has an inbuilt stand to support the screen and enable it stand upright. While really slim, at just over an inch in thickness, it is also sturdy enough at 17 pounds. The rubberized bumpers make portability a breeze.

It is basically a 27 inch 1080p slate that has been designed for smooth multi touch user input. You have a choice of processors ranging from Intelâs Core i3 through i7, and an NVIDIA Graphics card of GeForce GT 620 M. On board storage is at an ample 1 TB and the battery is inbuilt.

You can toggle between the Aura moon dial interface and the normal Win 8 UI. The Aura is basically a center for games, educational apps and audio visual media. The intention is to provide wholesome family entertainment for everyone at home. When the Horizon is switched on, by default, the Aura UI is launched, and you can see a blank desktop with a ring in the middle. On the ring you will find icons for games, educational apps, photos videos and so on. When you tap on the pictures you can see thumbnails, and you can drag the images on to the desktop, and even rotate or resize them as you want. You can do the same with videos, which appear in a separate window.

Minimizing the photos and videos is interesting; you just spread your fingers on an empty space on the desktop and they move off to the screenâs edges. To restore, just bring your fingers together.

To view photos and videos on full screen, you need to launch the dedicated gallery app.

This machine is perfectly suited for multi player games and you can find several thousand games already loaded on it, like Monopoly, King of the Opera, Draw Race 2 HD, Fishing Joy, Color Corner and Raiding Company. Monooply has been especially customized for the Horizon. You can also play air hockey with the use of actual air hockey paddles for controlling the on screen avatars.. But probably the most amazing game is the Texas Hold âem poker game. It displays a card table on the screen that can be used by four players. Thanks to integration with an Android app (with the help of Bluestacks), players can also view their hidden cards on their phones, while keeping them hidden from their opponents. You can also have remote players joining in the game through their Smartphones; so now you need not miss your weekly poker game in L.A because you had to travel to Chicago!

Interestingly you also get a couple of strikers, four joysticks and a pair of electronic dice, making it even more gaming friendly. You can also choose to include a stand that will let you use the machine in either desktop or flat table mode by adjusting the angle.

In addition to this you have access to over 100 channels via the FilmOn TV app. Tapping on the app store icon will take you to the storeâs UI stocked with samples of titles.

At $1,699 the Horizon is definitely not cheap; but it has the specifications to go with the price, so you cannot really complain. While it is not the first all in one desktop that also functions as a tablet, it has brought in some ground breaking changes with the robust ecosystem surrounding it. If youâre a family of avid gamers, then this machine definitely needs to be on your top list.

This article has been brought to you by Teyona Dame of www.xfinityonline.com, offers savings and current information on xfinity.

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