CES2012: Lenovo Unveils IdeaCentre B340 and B540 All-in-ones and H520 Desktop

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Lenovo took a pre-emptive shot at Zinio’s new all-in-ones today with the release of a few of their own – the IdeaCentre B Series desktops might not be the visual stunners the latter is producing, but they almost certainly outperform them. Lenovo brings full desktop performance to the B Series lineup, and multitouch to boot!

Check out the detailed specifications for each system down below.

Lenovo IdeaCentre B340

Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 Lenovo IdeaCentre B340

Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre B340 is the smaller of the two new all-in-ones brought out this week, coming in at 21.5-inches. Despite that, it still offers users a resolution of 1920×1080, so watching full HD videos shouldn’t be a problem. Like its predecessor, the IdeaCentre B320, it ups the entertainment ante by packing in what Lenovo calls OneKey TV. That is, you can watch high-def television, right on the desktop.

Of course, watching TV on your PC isn’t anything new. Various companies, including Lenovo, have been packing in digital TV tuners for a few years now, and recent all-in-ones have included HDMI-in ports, making the task of hooking up your cable, satellite or TiVo boxes a pretty easy task. OneKey is different, however, as it lets users watch TV without having to even turn the computer on.

There’s independent TV hardware inside of the desktop, so you can turn it on and have it function as a regular old television, just by hitting a button (or a OneKey). Since the hardware is discrete and separated from the rest of the desktop, you can also watch TV while using the computer in a sort of picture-in-picture mode. 

In addition to the TV tech, Lenovo packs in an optional multitouch screen, too – look out, HP.

Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 

Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 Lenovo IdeaCentre B540

The IdeaCentre B540 is more than just the big brother of the B340 – it got the beauty and the brains, too. Lenovo separated the B540 out from the rest of the pack by dint of an edge-to-edge display on top. It makes the whole unit, which has already undergone a slight but suave redesign, look that much more stylish. 

Lenovo’s new larger all-in-one will also offer more powerful CPUs and GPUs than the B340, making it a good choice for users struggling between the performance offered by a traditional desktop form factor and the ease and efficiency of an all-in-one machine. The B540 also comes with a VESA-compatible mount in the rear, so customers can mount the IdeaCentre flush against the wall.  It’s a good compromise for those who might want to use the OneKey TV functionality a little bit more than the PC.

Lenovo H520s DesktopLenovo H520s Desktop

While Lenovo is concentrating most of their efforts on solidifying their presence in the growing all-in-one market, they understand that there’s still room for a few traditional-looking desktops. These days, however, those traditional desktops typically fall into one of two categories – high-end, with lots of power, or small units which don’t take up too much of your space. The H520s clearly falls into the latter.

Designed to be an affordable addition to Lenovo’s desktop family, the H520s still offers a lot of options for users looking to customze the experience. Discrete graphics, while not top of the line, are more than sufficient and offer up to 2GB of additional video memory. Users can also pack in 2TB hard drives and 8GB of RAM, giving truth to the idea that big things can come in small packages.

The design is fairly conservative, but there isn’t too much manufacturers can do to distinguish themselves in this end of the market without taking additional liberties with regard to performance or price. Given the H520s’ affordable $499 starting point, it seems like Lenovo has things well in hand.

 



 

Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core Series CPU
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Display: 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 panel (Multitouch and 3D capabilities optional)
  • Memory: Up to 8GB DDR SDRAM @ 1600MHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 615M with 1GB – DirectX 11-capable
  • Hard drive: Up to 2TB, 3.5-inch HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Optical drive: Either DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray ROM
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n (optional Bluetooth)
  • 4xUSB 2.0, optional 2xUSB 3.0, 5-in-1 card reader, headphone and microphone audio jacks, HDMI-out, optional TV tuner
  • OneKey TV
  • Dimensions:  
  • with touch: 542.2 x 118.8 x 392.8 mm
  • without touch:  542.2 x 113.8 x 392.8 mm
Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 Specifications:
  • Processor: Intel Core Series CPU
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Display: 23-inch, 1920×1080 panel (Multitouch and 3D capabilities optional)
  • Memory: Up to 8GB DDR SDRAM @ 1600MHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 615M with 1GB – DirectX 11-capable
  • Hard drive: Up to 2TB, 3.5-inch HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Optical drive: Either DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray ROM
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n (optional Bluetooth)
  • 4xUSB 2.0, optional 2xUSB 3.0, 7-in-1 card reader, headphone and microphone audio jacks
  • HDMI-out, optional HDMI-in, optional TV tuner, OneKey TV
  • Dimensions: 576.6 x 110.3 x 411.9 mm
Lenovo H520s Desktop Specifications:
  • Processor: Intel Core Series CPU
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
  • Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz
  • Graphics: Optional AMD Radeon HD 7570 with 2GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX630 with 2GB
  • Hard drive: Up to 2TB, 3.5-inch HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Optical drive: Either DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray ROM
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: Optional 802.11b/g/n
  • 6xUSB 2.0, optional 2xUSB 3.0, 7-in-1 card reader, headphone and microphone audio jacks
  • Optional TV tuner
  • Weight: 7.9kg
  • Dimensions: 105 x 360 x 305 mm
The IdeaCentre B340 and B540 all-in-ones will start shipping in June, with an expected starting price of $699. The H520s slim desktop will also start shipping in June, but will start at just $499.

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