IFA 2014: Lenovo's PCs

IFA 2014: Lenovo's PCs

The world's biggest PC maker shows its love for the PC market

While much of the excitement at IFA this year concerns low-end PCs and tablets, the world's biggest PC maker is focusing instead on more lucrative markets. Here are the notable Windows PCs that Lenovo announced this week at the Berlin, Germany-based conference.

(Lenovo also announced gaming PCs and some Android smart phones, the latter of which will not be offered in the United States.)

ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo's 2-in-1 (transforming) PC solution for businesses gets thinner (0.38 inches) and lighter (1.8 pounds) and retains its unique click-in hinge design which lets you eject the screen and use it as a standalone tablet. Lenovo says this design provides five usage modes—tablet, stand, tent, laptop, and desktop—but what really differentiates this product from other transforming PCs, of course, is the best-in-breed ThinkPad keyboard.

Also new is an Intel Core M processor and over 12 hours of battery life with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard dock, a 60 percent improvement over the previous version. (You can also choose the non-Pro Ultrabook Keyboard and get about 8 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.)

The ThinkPad Helix features a digitizer pen, a biometric fingerprint reader, a smart card reader, and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. It will ship in October and start at $999.

ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23

OK, this one isn't a mobile PC, but its guts—and heart—certainly are. I've always been intrigued by Lenovo's Tiny PCs, but this one takes a slight different approach by letting you combine a tiny form factor PC with a compatible display to create, in essence, an all-in-one PC. Called a Tiny-in-One, of course.

The Tiny-in-One 23 is what it sounds like: A 23-inch 1080p display that features a sleeve in the back that can accept any current or future ThinkCentre Tiny PC: Just slide it in and you have an all-in-one. The display part starts at $279 and offers front-access USB 3.0 ports and an ergonomic stand with tilt and height adjustments. What a neat idea.

Edge 15

The Lenovo Edge 15 is a mainstream consumer laptop, at an inch thick and a 5 pound street weight. But it also features a multi-touch screen and a convertible design that lets you access two usage modes: laptop and stand. It features a 15.6-inch 1080p Full HD IPS screen, a 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB of HDD or hybrid SSHD storage, and NVIDIA GeForce GT840M 4GB or integrated Intel HD Graphics, and runs Windows 8.1.

The Lenovo Edge 15 will ship in October and will cost $899 and up at retailers like Best Buy.

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