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Lenovo debuts pair of all-in-one computers, Beacon home media server

updated 03:11 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014

Update brings Haswell to Horizon Table PC, Tegra-based all-in-one

Computer manufacturer Lenovo today announced at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show an array of devices geared toward the home user to enjoy, connect and interact with media and other content. These devices include the Lenovo Beacon personal cloud storage device, the Lenovo N308 Android home computer, the Lenovo Horizon 2 Table PC and the Lenovo A740 All-in-One (AIO) PC.

The Beacon personal cloud storage device lets users store and play media from anywhere using their smartphone, PC, tablet or TV. With easier configuration than NAS-storage type devices, Beacon lets users upload files either wirelessly or by way of an onboard USB connection with the press of one button. Users can access files around the home on the local network or on-the-go across the Internet, and Beacon's secure access rights allow secure sharing with multiple users. Up to 6TB of storage is accessible through the Beacon. The Beacon will be available starting at $199.

Lenovo's first Android home computer, the Lenovo N308, is a low-cost AIO desktop. Starting at $450 and available in black or white, the 19.5-inch 1600X900 touchscreen desktop runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The N308 comes with an NVIDIA Tegra quad core processor, up to 500 GB hard drive storage, a 720p webcam and Wi-Fi. An on-board battery allows three hours of battery life when away from power. Additionally, users can adjust the N308's stand to lay the device flat for an easier angle to navigate the touchscreen.

The Horizon "Table PC" has been uprated as well by Lenovo. The new Horizon 2 is now the same thickness as a deck of cards, boasts 10-point touch, and has options up to a Haswell Intel Core i7 processor. New motion control features allow for easy navigation of user content, and using Horizon 2's new face tracing feature, users can upload photos from their camera or smartphone and the Aura interface will try to recognize the faces in the photos. The new Horizon 2 will be available in June starting at $1,499.

Rounding out the home releases is the A740 27-inch all-in-one computer. The new Windows 8.1 computer has 10-point multitouch, up to 1TB of hard drive storage, near-field communications, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI-in support, an optional TV tuner, up to a 2560x1440 display driven by a choice of GeForce graphical chipsets, and up to a Core i7 processor. The A740 All-In-One will retail starting at $1,499 also in June.

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