updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue May 11, 2010
Lenovo outs IdeaCentre A700, B305 and Q150
In tune with a larger PC rollout tonight, Lenovo has overhauled its IdeaCentre desktops and has made its first truly high-end all-in-one. The A700 jumps from a Core 2 Duo to as much as a quad-core, 1.73GHz mobile Core i7. Its 23-inch, 1080p display is a touchscreen and is the first PC anywhere to use a Surface Acoustic Wave panel, which Lenovo claims is extra-responsive compared to most touch displays.
Specs for the system vary wildly but start at $999 for a system with a 2.13GHz Core i3, Intel graphics, 320GB of disk space, a Blu-ray combo drive and a mouse that can double as an air pointer remote. More advanced versions use most of the Core i3/i5/i7 range and have the option of Mobility Radeon HD 5650 dedicated video, 8GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
The B305 has fewer details but serves as the budget alternative, with a 21.5-inch (non-touch) LCD and a maximum Athlon II X4 for its procesor. It has the option of dedicated graphics and will cost $699.
A lone nettop is joining the group and is targeted at home theaters. The Q150 has NVIDIA's 2010-era Ion graphics and gets 512MB of dedicated memory, both of which let it smoothly play back 1080p when hardware acceleration is enabled. Other than its using an Intel Atom chip, most details aren't known, although it does have the option of a unique keyboard and trackball media remote for use on a TV. It costs $249.
Lenovo finishes up the new systems with the H320. Its first slim tower is half the size of a full desktop and runs on Intel's newer Core chips with up to 8GB of memory. A starter system should cost $549.
All of the systems will be available at the end of June, with the exception of a slightly earlier release for the B305.