Today Lenovo announced the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, a unique 17-pound device that is like an enormous Microsoft surface. Being a Lenovo the Horizon will of-course run Windows 8. The device will start at $1,700. Aside from traditional tablet and PC uses, Lenovo envisions people will use the Horizon to play games and has convinced a handful of developers to design apps to be available at launch (available through the Lenovo App Store powered by Intel AppUp) that take advantage of the unique hardware including, no surprise here, the age-old family staple Monopoly. Speaking of games, Lenovo says, “For the player, the action is part physical, part digital – an activity that Lenovo refers to as phygital.” Yes, you read that right. There are a few cool features worth noting including the ability for multiple people to manipulate photos on the screen all at the same time and a snap out stand in the back that can transform the tablet into a desktop unit.
So that’s a bit about what it is, but the big question is whether or not anyone want it. I, for one, like the idea of BIG screens; I’m still waiting for the full-wall screens promised in the future-predicting videos from Microsoft and Corning. So, ya, any step in that direction gets my attention. Of course the pricing will be what ultimately determines whether or not this thing sells… but at $1,700 it might actually be a good option for families. I could see something like this becoming the hub of a modern home; I say like because who wants to lug a 17 pound machine all around the house… again, I want a house where every surface is a screen… Nonetheless, I’m glad companies like Microsoft and Lenovo are dreaming outside the box a bit because computers are REALLY boring right now.