We take a closer look at Lenovo's Horizon 2 Windows 8 table PC

Lenovo Horizon 2

Do you fancy a slim, sweet looking table PC from Lenovo? The 27-inch Horizon 2 may well be the device for you. The product itself is just 19.5mm thick with weight shaved off to make it easier to carry around the home (or office). We managed to get some hands-on time with the Horizon 2 at CES 2014. Swipe past the break for more details and some awesome footage.

There are numerous new features included in the Horizon 2, including a new Aura interface to make accessing media from other PCs and smartphones on the home network more convenient. This interface can also recognize faces in added photos and publish said content to Facebook to share with family and friends.

You've got both table and stand modes available with 10-finger touch-screen support. Powering the PC is the 4th generation Intel i7 processor, joined by Dolby Home Theatre and a large traditional or hybrid internal storage setup. When not plugged into the mains, the Horizon 2 will provide around 4 hours worth of use on the battery.

Will you be picking one up? Stay tuned for more coverage from this year's CES.



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cgold1 says:

Same form factor as the galaxy note 8.

ArthJar says:

Same form factor as the iPad, the Nexus 7, the GPad, the Lumia 2520, the Venue 8 Pro, the Iconia W4, the Surface, etcetera.

It's a tablet, genius.

SwimSwim says:

I believe cgold1 was making a joke about how large so-called, "phablets" will become by the time the Galaxy Note 8 rolls along (far of, considering we're only on the 3rd or 4th generation Galaxy Note, I believe?).

m3kk says:

He could also meant note 8 as in 8" as in their tablet series..which would confuse the joke

SwimSwim says:

Oh, haha, forgot about that. I think it shows that I don't follow Samsung with the same sharpness I follow Nokia.

rodneyej says:

Why you got to be rude❔ You don't know a joke when you see one, genius❔

borasar says:

you must be fun at parties

cuwe says:

I understands you . Some people just don't know when to act nice .

aitt says:

All these wonderful W8 products makes RT and WP look stuck in the mud...

neonspark says:

nothing shown can't be done on RT and WP8. in fact we've seen this from the old windows 7/ big suface days. people never cared.

aitt says:

Never said it couldn't BUT what RT have you heard announced let alone WP? Its clear where OEM are focusing their resources to.

SwimSwim says:

Yeah, looking at Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 seems to be really stale of features...

I "get" that Windows 8 is a full blown desktop OS, but it doesn't make the lack of options, settings and features any less disappointing...

welsbloke says:

That only applies if you consider RT to be full blown windows which it isnt! The restricted tablet OS similar to the Android and iOS still makes perfect sense to my mind, what I never understand is why it is OK to expect RT to do everything that full blown windows does yet not have the same expectation of Andriod say compared to Linux o r iOS capared to OSx.

aitt says:

You are taking what I said completely out of context. I own the 2520. I know what it its capable of. OEM are not investing in it. All the best thing seen at CES are W8. What are you even talking about? Get off your rant. Not one thing has been showcased for RT, let alone WP. It says alot of what the OEM are thinking their resources should go. One can only hope MWC showcases more WP and RT or it says alot of future progress in 2014 with OEMs

Nakazul says:

As soon as people see the desktop on the RT, they go bonkers. So removing the desktop from RT will change mind sets.

Bloobed says:

Because the current crop of RT devices are more expensive than many of the W8 alternatives, which do the same thing and more.

James8561 says:

i want the original surface table with device and credit card recognition at less than $500

Duffau says:

PixelSense? Ain't gonna be anywhere near $500.

Laura Knotek says:

I just don't see any demand for this product. Who would want it? It's so big that it would only get moved from the coffee table to the dining room table. Nobody is going to take that thing out of the house and to the office.

JoRdaNeK says:

?? It's designed for home use

Laura Knotek says:

How many people are going to want that thing even in the house? A big thing like that wouldn't be moved around much. Desktop monitors or big screen TVs would serve the same purpose.

Robert Grant says:

How about a business where they collaboration in design, etc? Doesn't have to be for home use, although I want it for board games a lot.

ArthJar says:

Maybe digital artists?

Turn that thing into portrait view, got your canvas.

Chris_Kez says:

Right. I imagine it could be used to do layouts as well. I wonder if this wouldn't be more appealing in a business setting where it could be used by a lot more people or could be rolled around to workstations and conference rooms. It may only be 17lbs, and slim enough to tote around but I'd be worried about it breaking if you have kids and they're allowed to touch it and move it.

It's a shame, really. It's probably very cool tech but maybe a case of people having more money and engineering talent than they know what to do with.

Laura Knotek says:

I can picture it getting dropped or getting something spilled on it quickly.

Something that weighs about the same as a bowling ball isn't meant to be moved around in a house. Most home users want to use tablets in bed or while sitting on the sofa.

tallgeese says:

Don't make me go Saturday Live Point-Counter-Point on you even though your name is Laura ;O)

prlundberg says:

Maybe people won't take it to the office, but it would be awfully handy for moving around the house.  

Just because something is for a niche market doesn't mean it isn't worth making.  This is the kind of thing that makes Windows great.

cjallan417 says:

Speak for yourself. I planned to sit in the front row at my kids' school plays, hold it over my head, and take pics.

tallgeese says:

@cjallan417 LOL!!!

jomarr says:

A good laugh to start the day. Thanks!

DaiaX says:

Thanks for the idea.

QilleRz says:

Remember, choices and variety are always good.

jjmurphy says:

That interface really screams Courier. Also, it feels very original surface-ish.

Chris_Kez says:

These companies should really spend some time and money developing demonstrable use cases for this stuff. Show me why I need this or how it will save/make me money, and not just "Dude, it's a freaking 27" tablet- awesome!" At the other end there are still people saying "why would anyone want an 8" windows tablet"?

Laura Knotek says:

8" Windows tablet would be perfect for home use. Great size to use in bed or on sofa.

I really thought the original Horizon was cool.
Practicality-wise, though, I'm leaning toward the Dell XPS 18.

dkediger says:

Awesome for a game of digital board games!  Orrrr....you can just enjoy the quaint, old school, tactile boards games themselves.  Guess it would save a bit of closet space over all those game boxes.  That and you won't lose that odd ball playing piece....

A+ for effort though.  Big and Flat is not a good form factor for home use - we already have those.


Antluv82 says:

That's P.C nice

Bruno H says:

All was so great... Until she picked up that bloody Android phone! That killed it for me... Couldn't care less if they drove a truckload of these to my home. I will give my hard earned cash to companies that really care about the windows eco-system!

FunksMaName says:

Well, I see some sort of NFC communication there, with windows phone, you'd have to hit a confirmation message every time you paired it, OS limitations, I see why they would opt for an android phone for a demo

Marco Gomes1 says:

Damn, that thing is Cool! Wish it worked with Windows Phone.

patiua says:

Nice replacement for my wall mounted hp touchsmart....

lubbalots says:

With the cheap w8.1 8"ers, I suspect RT will be dead amongst OEMs. Only MS will strive to revive it. At the end, sad to say, RT will be dead.

Is that a ouija board?

fdruid says:

Is this the heir of Microsoft's original Surface? I actually always liked the idea. This is the future.

ashram says:

that would be Pixelsense.... which is what the old surface was renamed, but nothing has been done with it since the SUR40.

is there a wacom pen? 

jasonxz says:

This is what I want to know, as well.  And how pressure sensitive is the screen?

CNET mentioned it came with a digital pen. No one else did so am I right to think they probably just misspoke?

Because if this thing had a decent pen; Well, hello 27" digital drawing canvas!

Yakkob says:

Minority Report ;)

ashram says:

played with this at CES unveiled. Fun stuff.

trmnrs says:

Really reminds me of PixelSense (the original Microsoft Surface). The concept behind PixelSense is amazing though and although this is a nice alternative, looking at both products on the surface (no pun intended) PixelSense is still much more feature rich.

sl#WP says:

who the hell care about android? I am disgusted by typing this word.

AntonyJoseph says:

Perfect for Board games at home. Place it on a table, sit around it and play.

Jack Larson1 says:

If it had NFC, and you could place you phone on the screen to connect, that would be awesome.

can you imagine taking this on a plane?

Bloobed says:

Does it work as a table?

Bloobed says:

Does it work as a table?