Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 The Horizon Table PC may not look like your average computer, but its got familiar internals.The large screen and lie-flat design make the Lenovo Horizon 27 a fun family PC with lots of casual gaming potential. It includes several gaming accessories and has a custom user interface, Aura.
But, The heavy, clunky kickstand can get in the way, there's a little sluggishness with some of the software, and battery life is way too short for a game of Monopoly.
The bottom line: Tabletop PCs may not be fully ready for the mainstream, but this coffee-table-size version from Lenovo is fun to use, and doubles as a solid all-in-one desktop. Specifications Display size/pixel resolution 27-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen PC CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U PC memory 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM Graphics 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT620M Storage 1TB, 5,400rpm hard drive Optical drive None Networking Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Operating system Windows 8 (64-bit) Price;$1,699 VS Dell XPS 27 The updated Dell XPS 27 is highlighted by excellent performance and features, plus a higher-than-1080p touch screen, Nvidia graphics, and Intel's latest fourth-gen CPUs. An HDMI input lets it double as a display for a game console or cable box.
But,The main benefit of Intel's new chips, amazing battery life, isn't applicable here. The adjustable stand could offer more flexibility.
The bottom line: As a big-screen upscale all-in-one with touch and decent gaming chops, the latest version of Dell's XPS 27 is a great all-around home PC that covers a lot of bases. Specifications Display size/resolution 27-inch, 2,560x1,440 touch screen PC CPU 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-4770S PC Memory 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM Graphics 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT750M Storage 2TB, 7,200 rpm hard drive Optical drive Blu-ray/DVD/DVD RW combo Networking Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Operating system Windows 8 (64-bit) Price $2,099 VS Asus Transformer AIO The Asus Transformer AIO delivers a fast Windows 8 all-in-one, a giant Android tablet, and an effective platform for using them in tandem.
But, Remote desktop technology makes using Windows 8 in tablet mode unreliable, and you might prefer to wait to buy until later this year when the category has matured.
The bottom line: You'd be smart to wait and see how the market develops, but Asus has used the freedom of the still-forming all-in-one/tablet hybrid category to create a compelling Windows 8/Android device in the Transformer AIO.
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3350P; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive. Specifications
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8Google Android
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT730M