Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 is World's Slimmest 27" Multi-touch AIO
Lenovo is coming into CES toting its most impressive all-in-one yet – even if there’s not much to look at. That is because the Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 is coming in as the slimmest in its class, at just under an inch thick (24.5 mm/0.9 in). The 27” all-in-one PC will have the touchscreen required of any self-respecting Windows 8 device these days. That touchscreen has 10-point multi-touch, and can be tilted slightly forward or completely flat, and everywhere in between. A 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 display is standard, but you can spring for a 2560 x 1440 display if you have a little extra cash to burn.
You’ll be able to get up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor inside, along with an NVIDIA GeForce GT745M (2 GB) graphics processor. You can also get up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and can choose between 1 TB of HDD storage or a 1 TB hybrid drive with an 8 GB SSD cache for faster boot-up times. You can get a DVD or Blu-ray drive, as well as a TV tuner. Ports include USB 3.0 and HDMI in and out. There’s also a 720p HD webcam. Audio will be Dolby Home Theater v4.
Lenovo is also rolling out the C540, a 23” all-in-one that waters down some of the specs of the A730 to cut down on the asking price. This one will max out at a 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce 615 (2 GB) graphics processor. Audio here will be from Dolby Advanced Audio v2. Everything else is the same as the A730, but the C540 will lack USB 3.0 and HDMI in. The multi-touch touchscreen will be an optional feature for the C540, and will cost you a little extra to tack on. You’ll be able to get as much as 2 TB of HDD storage on the C540. There’s no option for the TV tuner on this one.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 will be available sometime this June for about $1,500, while the C540 will hit stores in February at a $550 price point. If you want to get a C540 with a touch screen, you’ll have to wait until June, and you’ll probably have to shell out a couple hundred more to get one.