Lenovo launches design-focused 27” all-in-one PC

The theme of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show seems to be that ‘thin is in’. This week, we’ve seen manufacturers claim to have created the world’s thinnest smartphone, the thinnest 10-inch tablet, and the thinnest Ultrabook. Now, with the announcement of its IdeaCentre A720, Lenovo says it’s created the world’s thinnest 27” all-in-one PC.

As is often the case with all-in-one systems, the A720 is strikingly designed, and while the benefits of having the ‘thinnest’ such PC at home are more aesthetically based than those of owning a thin-and-light notebook, that’s just fine with us – if only all Windows desktops looked this good, the world would surely be a much happier place. Okay, maybe not... but it would certainly make offices look a lot less drab.

With a range of Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options (probably Ivy Bridge, given the A720’s expected arrival in Q2 2012) packed into its sleek metallic base, along with NVIDIA GeForce graphics, don’t expect this system to be all show and no go. Storage options include a 1TB hard drive and 64GB SSD; the presence of an optical drive makes it inevitable that Blu-Ray will also be offered as an option.

The big draw of the A720 is of course its huge 27” ten-point multi-touch display. The hinge allows the user to angle the display from -5° to 90° from the vertical, making it easy to find just the right position to ensure comfortable use.

The edge-to-edge glass of the display will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time around an iMac, although the Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution of the A720 isn’t as good as that of the 27” iMac, which has an impressive 2560x1440px display. But the A720 will undercut the 27" iMac by $400, when it goes on sale in the US from $1299, and for some buyers that may well make all the difference. HP’s recently announced Omni 27 – another Windows 7 all-in-one PC – will be $100 cheaper than the Lenovo, but doesn’t have a touchscreen.

With its eye-catching design, multi-touch display, impressive manoeuvrability and keen pricing, the A720 certainly seems to make a good case for itself on paper. We'll have to wait and see, of course, whether or not it's as good as it promises to be when it arrives in the next few months.

Images via Lenovo News Center

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It's actually nice, but it does looks like an iMac clone. I don't understand why companies don't invest in paying industrial design companies to design something original. Everybody copies the looks of iPad, iPhone, not the iMac, what's next? The logo?

This is what consumers want. NO WIRES. I LOVE this thing except I am sick and tired of PC makers not being able to come up with the higher resolution displays. I will never buy an Apple, but I won't argue that the higher resolution display make everything look more brilliant. Give me this same unit with the hi res display, at the same price and you have just hit a grand slam home run. But for now, you did pretty good. I'd get my mom one. If the price was below $1,000.

jimmyfal said,
This is what consumers want. NO WIRES. I LOVE this thing except I am sick and tired of PC makers not being able to come up with the higher resolution displays. I will never buy an Apple, but I won't argue that the higher resolution display make everything look more brilliant. Give me this same unit with the hi res display, at the same price and you have just hit a grand slam home run. But for now, you did pretty good. I'd get my mom one. If the price was below $1,000.

Yup, meanwhile, Apple is working on HiDPI for Mac OS X and obviously that means new super high resolutions unmatched by common screens out there...

Why don't they just get that right?

Come on, I'm not unhappy, as I do have a Mac, so well, -I- am served, but I wish way more people enjoyed the added crisp to text, etc...

I cry inside when I see blurry text and pixel parties...

GS:mac

Laslow said,
27" but only 1080p? Yuck.

A lot of people actually want bigger screen but not ultra high resolutions because they just want things to be bigger and easier to read.

If you are looking for a high resolution monitor there is a bunch of different models in the store that will work better for professional designers and other people demanding higher resolutions.

random_ said,

A lot of people actually want bigger screen but not ultra high resolutions because they just want things to be bigger and easier to read.

If you are looking for a high resolution monitor there is a bunch of different models in the store that will work better for professional designers and other people demanding higher resolutions.

Seriously, that argument works for TVs, but not for screens.
Lower the dpi for text in Windows for that matter, make the theme bigger (simple!), do anything!
Seriously, the resolution on the iMac is decent, if you got that big problems with it, why not do the things above or there is STILL the option to lower the resolution in case you want less going on...

Just my 2¢ though

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Seriously, that argument works for TVs, but not for screens.
Lower the dpi for text in Windows for that matter, make the theme bigger (simple!), do anything!
Seriously, the resolution on the iMac is decent, if you got that big problems with it, why not do the things above or there is STILL the option to lower the resolution in case you want less going on...

Just my 2¢ though

GS:mac

There is just more than just 1 demographics. Not everyone is like you or me and needs/wants high resolution display.

random_ said,

There is just more than just 1 demographics. Not everyone is like you or me and needs/wants high resolution display.


I tell you from experience a lot more want than there are people who have.
It's just something people tend to forget when they are not tech savvy.

Then they see a way better performing display and wow, when they use it for a longer time, they somehow don't want to go back anymore, but well, until then, too late.

Often the next electronics store doesn't either have such a choice of display, they are priced infavourably or the sellers don't hint to them.

People forget about tech specs, all that sticks is that has a heavily marketed logo or brand/name.

Full HD, 3D, Blueray, Windows, you get the point.

Of cause I wasn't trying to state everyone is like me, but I tell you that there is quite a discrepancy between people who own a good screen and people who care/would care.

GS:mac

I guess you still can't upgrade these and have to send the whole thing back if a component breaks rather than replacing a single part?

Wakers said,
I guess you still can't upgrade these and have to send the whole thing back if a component breaks rather than replacing a single part?

Hush. That is only a bad thing if its an Apple.

Sir, he is asking about upgrade and repair capabilities and not comparing it to an Apple. Your comment seems out of place unless you are here for trolling.

random_ said,
Sir, he is asking about upgrade and repair capabilities and not comparing it to an Apple. Your comment seems out of place unless you are here for trolling.

I think the point that he was making was that normally that argument only appears when talking about Apple all-in-ones. When it comes to an all-in-one PC, the PC users keep quiet about it having the same issue.

Wait, so it has significantly lower resolution and is only 400 cheaper? What a crappy deal. The display is the #1 reason to buy the 27" iMac. It's excellent.

LaXu said,
Wait, so it has significantly lower resolution and is only 400 cheaper? What a crappy deal. The display is the #1 reason to buy the 27" iMac. It's excellent.

I do lots of photo editing, video editing as well and I can tell you the resolution of the iMac for a one screen solution is incredible.
3.6MP on your screen is good to have when you shoot at 18MP and it's very recommendable to have more pixels available on your screen than you want to video edit, you just get a better preview of the finished scene during editing and switch less often to full screen preview.

Also, 27" + IPS + "peace of mind" setup of OS X (vs. hackingtoshing) -> worth it any day for me.

GS:mac

Why can't pc makers be original rather than coping apple? surely their must be other ways to implement to same ideas.

Varoon said,
Why can't pc makers be original rather than coping apple? surely their must be other ways to implement to same ideas.

*sigh*
Go troll somewhere else to you as well.

Varoon said,
Why can't pc makers be original rather than coping apple? surely their must be other ways to implement to same ideas.

Yeah, just because it's all-in-one and it's gray. Such posts are quite depressing, they make you understand why apple has still customers even after all the patent trolling it's doing.

Varoon said,
Why can't pc makers be original rather than coping apple? surely their must be other ways to implement to same ideas.
I thought they actually did a descent job not just copying. They have most of the hardware in the base and the tilt thing is cool