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What's not to like about IdeaCentre A720, our gorgeous new 27" all-in-one PC? From its slim profile and fascinating adjustable angles to its 10-finger touch capability, it is a PC bound to captivate as well as to shake up people's ideas of what makes a desktop a desktop. From the moment we first saw the A720 at CES back in January--we played "Bugs" and made fun of our colleague Kevin Beck's piano-playing--we knew there was something special about it, something different (dare we say tablet-like?) about the way we related to it.   The machine is slim, it's huge and it's beautiful. The specs are fantastic--up to Intel Core i7 processor and 1TB hard drive, tool-less design, Dolby Home Theatre v4, 1080p LED display, optional Blu-Ray and integrated TV tuner, etc. But two things seem to resonate with people the most. The first is the 10-finger multitouch capability, which helps you go well beyond the pedestrian pinch-and-zoom you're accustomed to on other devices.     The second thing that stands out is the remarkable way the A720 can lean and fold itself to virtually any angle you require. Straight up like a traditional PC monitor, all the way down like a gaming table or somewhere in-between. With all this accordion-like flexing, it's no wonder we chose to associate the A720 with some dubstep-inspired dance moves.     Those of us who work on laptops all day know what they bring to the table,...

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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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