Lenovo storms CES with a deluge of Windows 8 hardware

From buttoned-up business machines to a watercooled gaming rig, Lenovo unleashes a flurry of eclectic Windows 8 hardware

By Jon Phillips, PC World |  Hardware, CES, Lenovo

Finally, Lenovo continues to update its ThinkPad line for business users. The E431 and E531 boast 14- and 15.6-inch displays, respectively. The 1600x900 screens come with touch support options, but don't employ full, 10-point multitouch sensors. The laptops' ClickPads, however, are celebrated to "enhance" Windows 8 gesture control.

Both machines also support Lenovo's new OneLink system, which funnels all connectivity through a single cable connection in an effort to eliminate desk clutter. To make use of OneLink, you'll want the ThinkPad OneLink Dock, which centralizes connectivity for device charging, external video and audio, and up to four USB connections.

Both ThinkPads are 1-inch thick, and can be spec'd with Core i7 processors; integrated Intel graphics or discrete Nvidia graphics; up to 16GB of memory; and up to 1TB of storage. The E431 weighs 4.7 pounds; the E531 comes in at 5.4 pounds. The two new ThinkPads land in May for prices starting around $540. The OneLink Dock hits the same time for $100.

Desktops: From insane to sleek

Lest you continue to associate the Lenovo name with only safe-and-sane business PCs, the company has unleashed the Erazer X700, a huffing, puffing, snorting, fuming gaming rig that's even packed with water-cooling paraphernalia.

Yes, Lenovo does watercooling. We were a bit stunned as well.

As you can see from the photo below, it appears only the CPU (an Intel Core i7) is festooned with a cooling block, while the videocard is left to fend with traditional active air cooling. The whole watercooling schtick is intended to support Lenovo's "OneKey Overclocking" feature, which lets you bump up the CPU's frequency without messing around with BIOS settings.

As of press time, Lenovo hasn't yet revealed the Erazer's stock and overclocked frequency settings. But we can tell you that graphics options abound. If you prefer to roll with Nvidia, you can spec the Erazer with a GeForce GTX660, and even run two cards in SLI mode. If your preference is ATI, you can have an AMD Radeon HD 8950, and also run two cards via ATI's CrossFireX technology.

The Erazer X700 can be outfitted with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and up to 4TB of storage (two hot-swappable external drive bays let you add storage without shutting down the rig). Oh, and the machine's industrial design recalls the armor of Halo's Master Chief, doesn't it? Expect this bad boy to land in June for about $1,500.

Lenovo's premier all-in-one desktop line is also getting a new flagship model in the form of the IdeaCentre A730. This 27-inch, 10-point multitouch system is just 24.5mm thick. That's a pinch under 1-inch, and good for the title of the world's slimmest multitouch all-in-one, according to Lenovo.


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