Lenovo Launches ThinkPad Helix and Several Other PCs

Paul Lilly

New systems for the board room, game room, and beyond

Lenovo already blitzed the IFA 2014 convention in Berlin with a number of product announcements yesterday, but as it turns out, the company was just warming up. Picking up where it left off, Lenovo today announced a new portfolio of devices that include the ThinkPad Helix, Horizon 2s, Horizon 2e, ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO), and Edge 15 with starting prices ranging from $279 on up to $999.

The ThinkPad Helix is a 2-in-1 Ultrabook for business users. In tablet mode, the Helix weighs just 1.8 pounds and measures only 0.38 inches, which is 15 percent thinner than its predecessor. Inside is an Intel Core M processor, 11.6-inch display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, and a battery that's good for up to 12 hours of run time.

Lenovo still thinks there's a market for tabletop computing, hence the Horizon 2s and 2e. The "s" denotes "slim" with a profile that measures just 0.59 inches and weighs barely more than 5 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than the original Horizon 2.

Both the 2s and 2e sport up to a 4th Generation Intel Core processor, NFC support (optional on the 2e), Bluetooth 4.0, integrated Dolby Home Theater stereo speakers, Windows 8.1, and over 40 pre-installed gaming and education programs.

The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 is purportedly the world's first modular all-in-one desktop for business users. It has a 23-inch Full HD 1080p display, front-access USB 3.0 ports, optional ODD, and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height adjustment.

Finally, the Edge 15 is a touch-friendly 15.6-inch laptop with an IPS display and 1080p resolution. It's encased in a premium aluminum chassis with a 300-degree hinge that allows it to transition from Laptop mode to Stand mode. Other features include Intel Core i5/i7 processor options, 8GB of DDR3L, and choice of up to 1TB of HDD with integrated 16GB NAND or up to 256GB SSD storage.

The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 starts at $279 and will ship in the beginning October.  Both the Lenovo Edge 15 and ThinkPad Helix will also ship in October starting at $899 and $999, respectively, along with the Horizon 2e for $749, while the Horizon 2s will be available this month starting at $949.

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