Update: Lenovo informs us that the A300 will start at $699 in its lowest-end configuration, and it's scheduled to hit retail on February 22.
We've always been relatively cool to Lenovo's desktop efforts, but the utterly unique IdeaCentre A300, announced Monday, got our attention.
Between its pared-down base, off-center display support, and thin, non-touch-screen, 21.5-inch LCD, the IdeaCentre A300 sheds most of the iMac-inspired conventions of all-in-one design. The CPU, RAM, and hard drive all live in the base (where options include Intel Dual Core Pentium and Core 2 Duo chips, and up to a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM), and, as you might expect, the screen swivels around on its post.
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I'm a sucker for all-in-one PCs. There's just something appealing about getting the full "desktop experience" without a big, bulky tower.
Right now, J&R has a doozy of an all-in-one deal: the HP IQ524 TouchSmart Desktop PC for $699 shipped. It's a refurb, so there's a 90-day warranty.
This is no ordinary all-in-one. The IQ524's 22-inch LCD is actually a touch screen, meaning you can interact with it using a finger instead of a mouse. (Don't worry: a wireless mouse comes with the system, as does a wireless keyboard.)
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With the launch of Windows 7, computer shoppers are emerging from a dark period when newly purchased desktops and laptops would arrive with an already archaic operating system. Even with the promise of a free upgrade, it made sense for most to wait until systems started shipping with the new OS.
If you're eager to hit the ground running, we've already reviewed several Windows 7 PCs, from big names such as Lenovo, Toshiba, and HP. Click on the gallery below to check out each one, including the massive Toshiba Qosmio X505, the touch-screen Lenovo T400s, and the HP Touchsmart 600 … Read more
HP just announced the third upgrade to of its line of TouchSmart PCs, and the first model we've laid hands on, the TouchSmart 600 (full review here), was good enough to earn an Editor's Choice award. The new TouchSmart 300 and TouchSmart 600 feature 20-inch and 23-inch screens, respectively, and both offer the same multitouch screen with either a 16:9 1080P HD or HD-ready display.
To coincide with this announcement, HP is also rolling out exclusive applications for the TouchSmart PCs that take advantage of its multitouch enabled screen and Windows 7, including, but not limited to:Hulu Desktop: browse and watch your favorite TV shows Netflix: Instantly watch movies or browse and add films to your online queue Pandora Internet Radio: Discover new music based on your personalized taste TouchSmart Live TV: Watch and record your favorite television shows TouchSmart Canvas: organize your photos on a virtual canvas and use your fingers to make edits TouchSmart RecipeBox: Enjoy a hands-free cooking experience with recipes that respond to voice commands
Of those apps, the Recipe Box is the most impressive. Smart software lets you scrap and catalog recipes from a variety of popular recipe Web sites (Epicurious, Food Network, and Martha Stewart among them), and via voice recognition and text-to-speech you can navigate the recipes hands-free. It's the best kitchen-oriented PC solution we've seen.
The new 300 and 600 models also include a new swivel stand, a built-in wall mount support, in addition to a new tiltable web cam for group conferences and video chats. Both models are available in a variety of retail configurations with customizable configurations available at HP.com.
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Coming in right after Gateway, Sony announced its own multitouch-capable all-in-one this evening, by way of the Vaio L Series. Starting at $1,300, the 24-inch Vaio L is a continuation of the Vaio LV series that impressed us earlier this year. Sony will offer plenty of options for this system, including Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional when the system goes on sale in November.
Like the old Vaio LV, the L Series has made multimedia entertainment its focus. A Blu-ray burner option lets you watch HD movies at full 1080p resolution thanks to the 24-inch display. … Read more