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Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

We invited our Lenovo Advocate, Jason Palaszewski, to review the IdeaCentre A520. Jason grew up in rural North-Central New Jersey and has been interested in technology for as long ago as he can remember. His first experience with Lenovo dates back to his Undergraduate school years. One of his friends had a Lenovo ThinkPad R61i at the time, and it was love at first point and type. Since then he has owned two Lenovo machines, a G555 and a ThinkPad Edge E420, and both continue to work and DO perfectly to this day. He also has a passion for exotic cars, making YouTube videos, PC gaming, electric guitar, building, overclocking, and giving advice on computers and smartphones, and modding Android devices. INTRODUCTION The very moment you take the Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 out of its large box is the same moment you realize that you certainly just got yourself a truly awesome and fantastically versatile machine. After a few weeks of use, the same excellent workmanship, build quality, and versatility I experienced on day one is still consistently apparent during every second of use. This all-in-one is a serious contender for anyone looking for the at-home general purpose Windows 8 AIO PC with a nice, large 23” display that isn’t too enormous, but is still quite roomy. As we’ll see though, this is definitely not your average AIO. I like to think of it as an AIO with a twist, or shall we say, a tilt, making it fantastic for people (at times more than...

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The home of the future looks – in one word, “integrated.” More so than ever before, traditional home design and technology are fused. We’re seeing it now with smart refrigerators and washers, but soon, furniture will fuse with PCs, like the Horizon PC in the AT-UM Table – part desk, part easel and part stand. You can catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s home today at trend innovation company, PSFK’s Future of Home Living Exhibit, in New York City at Stonehenge’s new 101 building in Chelsea.  The brainchild of PSFK’s Future of Home Living Report, the exhibit brings together many cool futuristic design concepts and tech products for urban living, including the Nest Thermostat and Hapifork, a Bluetooth-enabled eating utensil. Lenovo’s own IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be in the AT-UM table from UM Project’s Francois Chambard. In May, we showcased the possibilities for integrated design at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) by teaming...

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Judson's Treehouse Horizon Table

Judson's Treehouse Horizon Table

As a designer, Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs always looks to bend the lines, producing out-of-the-box pieces that are unexpected and add whimsy to any environment. So when Lenovo approached the creator about putting his touch on creating new opportunities for the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, his mind took him to the tree tops. Here’s a glimpse at what sparked his imagination.  Q. How did you get the idea for the 21st Century Treehouse? A. When I first thought about creating a table for the Horizon, I designed many different styles based on various age groups. Some of those original designs included adult versions, however, I am more known for children’s furniture so I was inspired to do a design for kids. With technology progressing, I was thinking about designing daycare centers, libraries and furniture that would allow children to interact, play and learn in these settings. The question I kept asking myself is “how can I create something that will intrigue them?” It’s great because the design of the 21st Century Treehouse also works as storage with the door leading to an empty space to keep toys, books and anything else. Function is just as important as design aesthetics and the storage space can also serve as an imaginary play area. Q. Do you see the integration of technology and furniture becoming a trend, especially as there are more devices for specific...

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The Nest Horizon Table

The Nest Horizon Table

Another team of designers, Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos of Input Creative, took a totally different approach to creating their technology-infused table for the living room. Their expression, The Nest, reminds you of the Russian nesting dolls and Chinese puzzle boxes that efficiently use space in an elegant envelope. We’re fascinated by the three different interpretations on the assignment…create a table that showcases Horizon’s interpersonal features.    Q. How did you approach this assignment and decide upon this concept? A. When we were first tasked with designing a table that would integrate the Horizon, we looked closely at both the computer’s features and Lenovo’s brand identity. We kept coming back to the idea that the Horizon is an all-in-one PC; meaning that it can be used for gaming, watching movies, Skype, as a tablet and can replace all other PCs in the household. With this is mind, we decided to design an all-in-one table that could stand on its own with integrated seating.  Since Lenovo is a Chinese company, our next step was to research the history of gaming in China. During our research, we came across Chinese wooden block puzzles which look like a solid wooden block, yet when deconstructed, are actually made up of a lot of smaller, lightweight pieces. We implemented this concept into our design and arrived at a compact all-in-one gaming table. Q. Design is often about the little...

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Francois' AT-UM Horizon Table

Francois' AT-UM Horizon Table

Nearly ten years ago, UM Project owner François Chambord found his life’s calling: to design and create modern and innovative furniture. He applied his fervor for user-centric design to AT-UM, his fusion of Horizon with the traditional desk for a new kind of collaboration station – part easel, part studio desk and part table. In this post, François gives us some insight into his creation from when the sample we shipped him arrived at his workshop to its debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.    Q. AT-UM. That’s an interesting name. Tell us about it. A. I have always liked short names, hence the name of my company UM Project and many of my products like the NGL table or the SMPL table. They are strong and memorable; punchy sound bites. I also like when names have a certain amount of geekiness and a technological feel, as well as mystery and poetry. AT-UM could be the name of a computer or strange machine, but also the name of a friendly robot. AT-UM also works as an acronym that means the “Activity Table by UM Project,” which is the perfect description of this piece. The name is also a subtle reference to Star Wars AT-AT, one of the many incredible machines of the saga. Q. Your design allows people to use Horizon in both modes – tabletop and all-in-one. Talk about the design process for accommodating this. A. I was immediately seduced by the versatility of the Horizon, working...

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