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All-in-One (AIO) PCs are changing the desktop game – literally and figuratively. From a business perspective, sales of AIOs are rising sharply. Lenovo is currently the No. 2 seller of AIO PCs.  From a user perspective, AIO desktops are changing the way we interact with our computer, encouraging interactivity directly vs. through a keyboard. What was once a machine that users sat in front of at eye level to compose documents and browse the internet has morphed into a flexible digital hub for the home, where touch and response is an integral part of the interaction with the PC. Case in point is the new IdeaCentre A720, which goes on sale today. First announced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, the A720 is turning a lot of heads -- in many cases out of pure necessity due to the A720’s remarkable ability to fold completely flat.   The introduction of the A720 means that computing in the home will never be the same. Gone are the days of basic user type input and static computer output. Computing is much more dynamic now. Lying flat, for example, the A720 becomes a one-on-one table top air hockey field, or an extension of musical creativity where users can tickle the <digital> ivory keys of a piano. Pulled to its upright position, the A720 doubles as a home theater for watching movies or videos in any room of the house, or a cooking companion as a digital cook-book in the kitchen. The desktop has drastically...

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Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 PCs Start 40% Faster With RapidBoot Technology

Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 PCs Start 40% Faster With RapidBoot Technology

With the recent announcement of the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3, it’s a great time for me to provide some additional information – to expand upon the news with background, a little more detail, and (hopefully) interesting tidbits from a behind-the-scenes perspective. EE3 was heavily influenced by the success of EE2 and all the feedback we received after its release.  We demonstrated our ability to shatter boot expectations and our ecosystem testing showed Lenovo PCs were, on average, the fastest available.  The most common responses were “that’s great but…” 1)      What about modestly configured systems (i.e. non-SSD)? or 2)      What happens in a few months after I’ve used it, won’t it slow down? We took this feedback and made sure to focus on addressing it in order to better satisfy our customers.  This meant ensuring that any improvements would span across the breadth of our product portfolio, especially rotational HDD-only PCs (still the largest volume configuration), and continue to work – even thrive – over time. RapidBoot in EE3 exists as two sub-technologies: 1)     ...

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There's always that scene in zombie movies where you think the carnage is over and the good guys have finally prevailed. But just as the dust begins to settle, a hand pops up through the ground and the shrieking begins again. This image always comes to my mind when I read about the alleged death of the desktop PC--a legion of laptops and tablets can batter the staid desktop but its death has surely been exaggerated. Is it possible that the traditional desktop design--go ahead, say it, the boring old tower--is going the way of the dinosaur? Who knows. But to focus on that is to miss the point, to miss all the excitement and the design breakthroughs that are happening in this space. So now, let's roll tape on The Ultimate Desktop-As-Zombie Movie, the one where the monsters mutate and turn into another beast entirely. We present three magificent reasons desktops aren't done fighting. 1: IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one: In a word, droolworthy. Massive yet slim, 10-finger touch capability and a design that lets you stand it up, lie it down or split the difference--it comes off like an enormous 27-inch tablet. Could well prove to be the blueprint for family gaming in the 21st century.   2: ThinkCentre Tiny: A 1-litre mini PC (but still full-featured) designed for our large...

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It’s that time of year again to honor the women who put us on this planet. Rather than flowers, chocolates or funny-smelling perfume, what better way to show a mother she’s appreciated than with a shiny, colorful, brand new… mobile device or PC? That’s right. I love it when I get technology gifts. Have you considered that the way to a woman’s heart today – your mama’s included – might just be through electronics? According to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), women’s interest in technology has increased in the last five years, with eight in every 10 women now interested in consumer electronics products. Even the spending gap between genders is shrinking; with women spending on average only $61 less on consumer electronics than men in 2011 (the CEA’s previous study calculated a spending gap of about $200). When it comes to mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, a recent study by Park Associates found that women are more interested AND likely to purchase these devices than men.  Not surprising when you think of the challenging schedules today’s moms face – juggling day jobs with family, social and extracurricular activities - all while attempting to stay unruffled and chic. Women want tools...

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Two of Paul Scaini's passions are desktop computing and photography. As part of the ThinkCentre desktop team based in Beijing, in this post he looks through the lens at the future of desktop computing. Since I started as a commercial desktop product manager at Lenovo, I’ve received some razzing remarks about my product portfolio from friends, family and some of my laptop PC colleagues.  “You know you’re in a commodity business, right?”  “Desktops are a ‘sunset’ business.” “They still make desktop computers?”  Needless to say, I’ve gotten a lot of experience educating people as to why desktops are here to stay. Laptop form factors have changed much more than desktops – they’ve been getting slimmer, lighter and more powerful every year – and that’s brought them the majority of attention. By comparison, the traditional desktop tower looks basically the same as it did when 486 chips were cool. However, the ThinkCentre brand’s first All-in-One (AIO) form factor (the A70z) has brought some new excitement among customers about desktops. Here are five reasons why desktops are here to stay: 1. Price: Simple fact: desktops are less expensive than their laptop cousins. Desktops still dominate the lower price bands. This is important to all companies, especially in emerging markets where the volume of desktops is higher and has a much higher growth...

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