With Microsoft’s recent Windows 8 release, PC manufacturers have been unveiling their new touch-screen-enabled, tablet-laptop hybrids to fit with the new touch-centric OS. Lenovo, however, has just revealed a Windows 8 device that comes in an entirely different flavor.
Lenovo’s mini IdeaCentre Q190 is a spec-bumped version of the PC maker’s previous Q180 home entertainment system. Announced on Thursday, the Q190 comes complete with a third-generation Intel Core i3 processor, a terabyte-large hard drive, a 24GB SSD cache, and up to 8GB of memory. It is also compatible with Windows 8 Pro.
The company is touting its Q190 as “the world’s smallest full function desktop PC,” showing that it measures in at only 22mm thick in its official unveil video. Lenovo’s new home entertainment system brings full HD graphics to TV screens along with 7.1 channel surround sound via HDMI, and comes with a compact multimedia remote. Other than HDMI, the Q190 comes with an Ethernet port, VGA, S/PDIF, and USB 3.0 connectivity.
The company has yet to unveil the full dimensions or spec sheet for its home entertainment system, but it appears to be more compact.
The video shows Windows 8 displayed on a television screen alongside the multimedia remote, which comes with a full handheld keyboard. Users also have the option of adding a DVD or Blu-Ray disc drive to the device.
Lenovo’s tiny powerhouse is a noteworthy improvement from its Q180 predecessor, which came with an Atom chip, a 750GB hard drive and up to 4GB of memory.
The home entertainment system PC will be available in January and starts at $349.
In addition to rolling out its new multi-purpose device, Lenovo has announced seven new all-in-one Windows 8 PCs: the C240, C245, C340, C440, C345, C445, and C540. Lenovo’s 18.5-inch C240 and C245 begin at $349 and are catered toward families and shared usage. The two desktops come with children’s games and educational programs preinstalled. Both models will be available this month, but Lenovo has not revealed a hard release date.
The other five models appear to be higher end devices that come with larger displays and heftier price tags. These PCs are geared more toward entertainment purposes and come with adjustable displays. The latter end of this new C series also features Lenovo’s Dynamic Brightness system, which automatically alters the screen’s brightness based on its surroundings. It also comes with Lenovo’s Eye Distance System, which warns users if they are too close to the screen.
All five of these models will be coming in January, with the C340 priced at $499, the C440 at $519, the C345 at $479, the C 445 at $499 and the C540 at $549.
Check out Lenovo's Q190 video here.