Most of Lenovo's big Windows 8 desktop push has centered on the mid-range and up. Happily, the company is at last swinging its attention to those who the entry-level crowd, and most of all those who want their PCs as tiny as the price. The highlight of the refresh for many could be the IdeaCentre Q190. It's leaving the Q180's Atom-based nettop roots behind -- while the home theater PC is still skinny at 0.89 inches thick when excluding a Blu-ray or DVD add-on, leaps to both a maximum Core i3 processor and an 8GB RAM ceiling give the Q190 enough grunt to smoothly handle more than just the basics this time around. Mini PC enthusiasts who wait patiently for a January release can buy in starting at $349.
All-in-one lovers have no shortage of choices at the same time, as we're seeing no less than seven IdeaCentre C-series revamps. The C240 and C245 are mostly built as secondary PCs with respective Intel Celeron and AMD E2 chips as well as fixed-position, 18.5-inch screens; it gets more intriguing with the adjustable, 20-inch C340 and C345 variants as well as the Core i3 internals of the similarly styled 21.5-inch C440 and C445. A flagship C540 rules the roost with a 23-inch screen and Intel-only processor selections that peak at a Core i3. Despite Lenovo's full-scale assault on the category, only the $349 C240 and C245 will be shipping this month. We'll once again have to wait for January if we want to see the rest, although a tight pricing spread between $479 (for the C345) and $549 (for the C540) guarantees that we won't have to spend much to go bigger.
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Lenovo IdeaCentre C-series late 2012
Lenovo Expands Home Entertainment with IdeaCentre Q190 – World's Smallest Full-Function Desktop PC – and Affordable Space-Saving C-Series All-in-One PCs
New addition of Idea-branded Windows 8- based PCs with Affordable Performance, Space-Saving Design and Multimedia Features
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – November 15, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the IdeaCentre Q190, the world's smallest full-function desktop PC – measuring just 22mm (0.86 inches) wide – and the latest additions to the C-Series all-in-one (AIO) family. With convenient space-saving designs that fit into any home, the IdeaCentre Q190 and C-Series AIOs offer affordable but powerful performance and multimedia features designed for immersive entertainment.
"Lenovo is committed to making PC innovation accessible to all, and the IdeaCentre Q190 and latest C-Series AIOs deliver just that." said Ouyang Jun, Executive Director and General Manager, IdeaCentre Business Unit. "Whether it's the subtle, space-saving design of the Q190 that transforms your living room TV or monitor into a home theater, or the sleek look, powerful performance and family friendly features of the C-Series AIOs, Lenovo's latest desktop PCs are designed to meet the entertainment needs of any household."
World's Smallest Full-Function Desktop PC: IdeaCentre Q190
The IdeaCentre Q190, the world's smallest1 full-function desktop PC at just 22mm (0.86 inches) wide, packs multimedia features that can turn any display in your home into an entertainment hub for videos, games, web browsing and more. With Full HD graphics, up to 7.1 surround sound2 and an optional Blu-ray Disc™ drive supporting 3D Blu-ray playback3, the Q190 doubles as a mobile home theater system. For perfect picture at any angle viewing, the Lenovo L-Series monitors, such as the LI2723s, the world's first edgeless and thinnest 27-inch IPS monitor4, serves as a great complement to the IdeaCentre Q190. This desktop PC also comes with an optional compact wireless multimedia remote with built-in mini backlit keyboard and mouse, so users can control the Q190 from the comfort of their couch.
The IdeaCentre Q190 may be compact, but it is as powerful as a full-sized PC, with up to 2nd generation Intel® Core i3™ processors, Windows 8 Pro and up to 80 percent faster processing performance than IdeaCentre Q1805. Users will enjoy steady Web browsing and HD video streaming, speedy music and video downloads and stutter free multitasking, allowing users to play music, download files and surf the web simultaneously with ease.
Affordable Space-Saving Home Computer: New C-Series AIOs
Lenovo's new C-Series AIOs reshape the affordable home computer into a smart, space-saving all-in-one PC, combining great multimedia features and performance that make these ideal PCs for family use and home entertainment. All C-Series AIOs are equipped with the following:
· Up to 1 TB HDD (Up to 2TB HDD for C540); allowing users to hold up to 250 HD movies, 320,000 photos or 200,000 songs
· Up to 8GB memory for smooth multi-tasking
· Lenovo Education Portal with nine child education games
· 720p HD webcam with YouCam picture enhancements including fun, cartoon effects
· Dolby® Advanced Audio V2 for a crisp, clear cinematic surround sound experience
· Windows8 (For C340/C440/C540/C345/C445)
Stylish Yet Affordable: C240/C245
The 18.5-inch Lenovo C240/C245 AIOs offer style and power at a very affordable price, starting at just $349. Equipped with an Intel® Celeron processor in the C240 and an AMD E2 dual core processor in the C245, these C Series AIOs offer smart multimedia features such as HD graphics and essential processing capabilities for great performance while using any application. With its space-saving design and pre-loaded children's educational apps and games, the C240/C245 is a smart choice for users looking for an affordable performance AIO for kids' rooms or extra small spaces.
Built for Mainstream Family Use & Home Entertainment: C340/C440/C540/C345/C445
The Lenovo C340/C440/C540/C345/C445 are optimized for entertainment consumption with an adjustable screen display, Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, which automatically adjusts screen brightness based on users' current surroundings and Lenovo Eye Distance System, which alerts users if they are too close to the screen. These AIOs fit into any home environment with a thin "journal" design, modeled after the pages of a journal or book, for a clean, simplistic look, and a unique aluminum stand that utilizes minimal desk space and allows users to slot the keyboard under the screen.
The Lenovo C340/C440/C540 AIOs also provide an ideal marriage of performance and affordability. The stunning HD LED displays of the 20-inch C340/C345, 21.5-inch C440/C445 and 23-inch C540 are made for watching HD videos and movies. Users can choose the screen size that best fits their needs – whether that's surfing the web in the kitchen, creating a presentation in the home office or streaming video in the living room.
With up to 3rd generation Intel® Core i3 processors, the C340/C440/C540 packs powerful performance and supports up to NVIDIA® GeForce® 615 2GB graphics, ideal for PC gaming fun. Equipped with up to AMD E2 dual core processor with AMD Radeon™ HD Graphics, the C345/C445 also offers mainstream performance for basic PC gaming and comes in an additional stylish color option – metallic red.
Pricing and Availability
The IdeaCentre Q190 desktop will be available in January with models starting at approximately $349.
The Lenovo C240 will be available in November with models starting at approximately $349.
The Lenovo C245 will be available in November with models starting at approximately $349.
The Lenovo C340 will be available in January with models starting at approximately $499.
The Lenovo C440 will be available in January with models starting at approximately $519.
The Lenovo C345 will be available in January with models starting at approximately $479.
The Lenovo C445 will be available in January with models starting at approximately $499.
The Lenovo C540 will be available in January with models starting at approximately $549.
The IdeaCentre Q190 and C-Series AIOs will be offered through business partners and www.lenovo.com.