Additionally, Lenovo built in some more multi-user games, along with enhanced Facebook integration so that you can upload photos directly to the site after editing them. All of which sounds totally reasonable: If someone's going to buy a honking 27-inch desktop meant for digital board games, they'd better be able to get the most out of the software experience.
Speaking of that "honking" bit, this version is also more compact than last year's model. Granted, 16.8 pounds is hardly what we'd call "portable," but still, a 12 percent weight reduction is still something. Other changes: Though the standard screen resolution is still 1080p, you can now opt for a 2,560 x 1,440 panel instead. Like the original, it features the "latest NVIDIA graphics," up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB of storage, though let's face it: No one's buying this for the specs. Nope, you're buying it for the suction-cup joysticks, which have thankfully been kept around for the second gen.
In addition, Lenovo updated last year's A730 with the A740. This, too, has a thin frame (4mm in this case), which can be pushed down so that the screen lies flat. Now, though, there's a 2,560 x 1,440 screen option, in addition to the standard 1080p (noticing a theme here?). Lenovo also stepped up to 802.11ac WiFi, with Haswell processors, up to 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, NFC and an optional TV tuner rounding out the specs.
Moving on, there's the C560, which replaces last year's C540. Available in black and white with a 23-inch screen, it's clearly the lowest-end model here, with a 1080p display, an optional touchscreen and processors that run the gamut from Celeron to Pentium to Core i3, i5 and i7. Other specs include up to 8GB of memory, up to a 2TB 7,200RPM hard drive and optional NVIDIA GeForce 705A graphics with either 1GB or 2GB of VRAM. The C560 arrives first, with shipments beginning in February for $659. The Horizon 2 and A740, meanwhile, are both expected to go on sale in June, each starting at $1,499.
Mat Smith and Richard Lai contributed to this report.