updated 12:00 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011
Lenovo adds IdeaCentreA320, Bx20 and C205
Lenovo's attention on desktops ahead of CES today focused solely on its all-in-one desktops. Both its designer IdeaCentre A320 as well as the performance-focused B320 and B520 all get Intel's Sandy Bridge-era processors. The mix ranges from the Core i5 in the 21.5-inch A320 and B320 systems to a Core i7 in the 23-inch B520.
The B520 is also unique as a flagship: Lenovo bills it as the first "frameless" all-in-one to still have a multitouch display. It uses projected capacitive touch to supply a level of accuracy while creating a single, flat surface for both the screen and its bezel. Gamers and movie viewers have the option of a 3D-capable display that uses unnamed NVIDIA GeForce graphics to drive the extra depth. An air-capable mouse is likewise a choice.
Smaller models continue to focus on their specialties. As the designer sequel to the A300, the A320 centers on its unique minimal footprint and off-center display neck to stand out. Most details weren't mentioned, but it can take both HDMI input and out. The B320 has a built-in ATSC TV tuner to catch over-the-air HD and touchscreen input on its 1080p display.
AMD's presence is only felt in the lower end, iMac-inspired C205. It carries an 18.5-inch, 1366x768 display and uses as much as a new Fusion-based, 1.6GHz E-350 chip, which gives it only modest processor performance but Radeon HD 6310 video that can properly drive HD movies and some DirectX 11 3D. Other details are mostly absent but include a built-in DVD burner.
Lenovo hasn't said how soon the A320 or C205 will ship, but these will cost $699 and $449 respectively. The B320 and B520 series are being unveiled very early and won't ship until June, although they already have $699 and $899 starting prices.