Horizon 27by Lenovo

  • Horizon 27
  • Horizon 27
  • Horizon 27
  • Horizon 27
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
70%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 27-inch screen is huge and looks great.
  • The custom Aura interface by Lenovo works well and is fun to use.
  • The bundled apps and games are entertaining for the family.

CONS

  • At 18 pounds, the Horizon 27 is heavy and bulky.
  • The battery life is abysmal at just two hours. Keep the power cord handy.
  • The Horizon 27 is expensive and hard to justify given its functional drawbacks.
The Lenovo Horizon 27 is a large all-in-one table PC. Its 27-inch touch-screen display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Horizon 27 uses an Intel Core i7-3337U processor and comes with 8GB of RAM. The hard disk inside is a 1TB 5400 rpm SATA drive. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is supported and an SD card slot is included. Windows comes installed on the Horizon 27, along with the Lenovo Aura interface. The internal battery is rated for up to two hours.
NameHorizon 27iMac (27-inch with Retina 5K display, late 2015)XPS 27 (2012)Z1 G2 All-in-OneYoga Home 900
ManufacturerLenovoAppleDellHPLenovo
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List Price$1500$1799$1600$2000$1549
80%

Packing a 27-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, the Horizon 27 is bright and colorful enough for enjoying games and movies.

Packing a 27-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, the Horizon 27 is bright and colorful enough for enjoying games and movies.

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80%

The Horizon 27's quartet of rear-mounted speakers, partnered with Dolby Home Theater v4 software, delivered audio that was loud, clear and f…

The Horizon 27's quartet of rear-mounted speakers, partnered with Dolby Home Theater v4 software, delivered audio that was loud, clear and full.

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70%

...the Horizon's tabletop mode is very cool, but doesn't yet have the level of polish or software support to be truly mainstream.

...the Horizon's tabletop mode is very cool, but doesn't yet have the level of polish or software support to be truly mainstream.

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70%

Connectivity options are somewhat restricted. There are only two USB ports, which really isn't enough – especially as one of these is taken …

Connectivity options are somewhat restricted. There are only two USB ports, which really isn't enough – especially as one of these is taken up by an RF receiver for the supplied wireless keyboard and mouse.

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60%

The combination of a huge screen and a 5,400rpm SATA drive mean that using the system with touch is a frustratingly laggy experience.

The combination of a huge screen and a 5,400rpm SATA drive mean that using the system with touch is a frustratingly laggy experience.

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60%

Performing Windows 8 shortcuts and multi-touch gestures was fine, but there was a noticeable amount of lag between touching the screen and i…

Performing Windows 8 shortcuts and multi-touch gestures was fine, but there was a noticeable amount of lag between touching the screen and it being registered when we tried out some of the pre-installed touch-based apps and games.

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While the IdeaCentre Horizon may look like a mains-only wired machine, it can also be disconnected and its battery will last around two hour…

While the IdeaCentre Horizon may look like a mains-only wired machine, it can also be disconnected and its battery will last around two hours, although at its given 6kgs of heft we can't imagine many people sensibly carting one around.

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The biggest learning curve for users isn't going to be working with Aura or the hardware here, it's going to be working with Windows 8.

The biggest learning curve for users isn't going to be working with Aura or the hardware here, it's going to be working with Windows 8.

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