LAS VEGAS--Lenovo displayed a flair for design with last year's unique all-in-one IdeaCentre A300 40181OU, which we gave positive marks for its competent Web video capabilities, HDMI input, and plentiful connectivity options, so we're anxious to see how the IdeaCentre A320 holds up to the competition.
The update gets the HD treatment with a 21.5-inch, 16:9 widescreen LED display supported by the familiar horizontally situated base unit. This time around, you also get additional benefits by way of Intel's second-generation Core i5 processor, double the memory (up to 8GB), 750GB of hard-disk storage, an integrated TV tuner, and wireless 802.11n Wi-Fi built in.
We're also satisfied to see that Lenovo keeps the HDMI input around that lets you use the system as an entertainment hub of sorts by inputting the signal from a cable box, a game console, or a standalone Blu-ray player. You can also attach a second monitor to the system using the HDMI-out port on the back.
Lenovo also offers two precautionary safety measures to protect your eyes. The first is the Dynamic Brightness System that automatically adjusts screen brightness according to the ambient light in the room, similar to the sensor in Apple's line of laptops. The second is the Lenovo Eye Distance System that can actually sense your proximity to the screen and will alert you if you get too close.
No word yet on when the Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 will be up for sale, but Lenovo tells us the retail price will start at $699.