Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 joins march of the 27-inch all-in-ones

Lenovo's new IdeaCentre A720 is the latest of several Windows all-in-ones with 27-inch screens.

LAS VEGAS-- HP was first, then came Vizio . Now Lenovo has a 27-inch all-in-one with its new IdeaCentre A720.

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Beyond the large screen, Lenovo has also taken inspiration from HP and Samsung, offering a unique hinge that lets you use the A720's display in full horizontal mode.

Other than the hinge, the design of the A720 will of course look familiar to Apple fans. The edge-to-edge glass and CNC-tooled aluminum chassis borrow egregiously from current-generation iMacs. Lenovo even went so far as to ape the default Apple wallpaper.

Whether you demand originality in your all-in-ones, it's hard to deny the appeal of such a large display. Like the other 27-inch Windows systems, the A720 has a native 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, less than the iMac's 2,560x1,440-pixel screen.

Lenovo excuses the reduced resolution by arguing that the A720 is a consumer-focused system, and isn't designed to attract the designer crowd that flocks to the iMac. It's also worth noting that at $1,299 when it debuts in April, the A720 will cost $700 less than the most affordable 27-inch iMac. Vizio hasn't announced the price of its forthcoming 27-inch all-in-one, but HP's Omni 27 will start at $1,200.

With an April release date, anticipate Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs in the A720, although Lenovo won't say so directly. It will also have an option for GeForce 600-series GPUs and a Blu-ray drive, among other specs. April will likely be too early for Windows 8, but Lenovo is already supporting 10-finger touch input on the A720, and includes an assortment of multitouch games designed for the horizontal display.

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