Lenovo launches dual-mode Flex 20 All-in-One computer
By Paul Ridden
September 9, 2013
Lenovo's impressive Horizon Table PC is about to get a smaller IdeaCentre comrade with the launch of the Flex 20 All-in-One computer. Part of a bunch of new multi-mode devices to making their debut at IFA 2013, including the new Yoga 2 Pro and a couple of laptops, the multi-user Win8 PC boasts 19.5 diagonal inches of multi-touch display real estate, features Intel's latest Core i processors and is available with HDD or SSHD storage.
A nifty hinge mechanism at the back of the Flex 20's cool aluminum housing allows screen angle adjustment from fully upright to between 15 and 70 degrees, and can also be pushed flush with the housing at the rear for a tabletop tablet experience. The frameless IPS display panel to the front can support up to 10 simultaneous touch points, though some will no doubt find the 1600 x 900 resolution a little disappointing.
Lenovo's Aura interface makes it possible for two or more users to access different photos, video or music on the same screen at the same time, and Lenovo has stacked the virtual shelves of a dedicated AppShop with multi-user entertainment apps optimized for the Flex 20. It's bundled with a wireless mouse and keyboard, and optional gaming accessories include a electronic dice, and a joystick and striker for use on top of the touchscreen display. Interestingly, the 0.81 in (20.5 mm) thin, 7.72 lb (3.5 kg) All-in-One also boasts its own internal battery for up to 3 hours away from the wall outlet.
Elsewhere, the Flex 20 is available with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor options (including HD 4400 graphics), DDR3 RAM tops out at 8 GB, and there's a choice of up to 500 GB of HDD storage or a hybrid HDD that includes an 8 GB solid state cache. Connectivity takes the shape of two USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. Quality online video calls get some help from a HD webcam and integrated stereo speakers with support for Dolby Home Theater v4.
The Lenovo Flex 20 will be available later this month, prices start at US$899.99.
A walkthrough of the main features can be seen in the video below.
Product page: Lenovo