Lenovo announces a clutch of Win 8 all-in-ones; a thin Win 8 desktop

Lenovo announces a new line of Windows 8-based all-in-one PCs, as well as a new small Windows 8 desktop, the IdeaCentre Q190.

Lenovo Thursday introduced the IdeaCentre Q190, a follow-up to its Q180, which came out earlier this year.

The Q190 desktop offers an optional Blu-ray disc drive, 7.1 surround sound, and full HD graphics which, along with a built-in mini-keyboard, mouse, and wireless remote, let it serve as an entertainment center.

The latest generation of the IdeaCentre comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, and Lenovo claims it operates 80 percent faster than the Q180. The Q190, which will be released in January, starts at $350 and comes equipped with Windows 8 Pro.

New C-Series all-in-ones

Lenovo also unveiled on Thursday seven new additions to its C-Series all-in-ones.

The 18.5-inch C240 and C245 start at $350. The C240 is equipped with an Intel Celeron processor, while the C245 runs on an AMD E2 dual-core processor.

Lenovo believes the audience for these PCs is looking for smaller PCs for kids or a PC to fit into a tiny space. Both the C240 and the C245 will be available in November.

Lenovo will release five additional C-Series models equipped with Windows 8--the C340, C440, C540, C345, and C445--in January.

These PCs come in varying sizes, ranging from 20- to 23-inch displays, and prices, which range from $500 to $550.

The C340, C440, and C540 run on Intel Core i3 processors supporting Nvidia GeForce 615 2GB graphics. The C345 and C445 have AMD E2 dual core processors with AMD Radeon HD graphics. The latter two also come in metallic red.

The new C-Series additions all come equipped with 8 GB of memory, the Lenovo Education Portal for kids, a 720p HD webcam, and Dolby Advanced Audio V2.

Lenovo has been trumpeting its touch-screen convertible PCs, which are designed to maximize the potential of Windows 8, but the company also wants to round out its product line with standard desktops like the IdeaCentre Q190.

Lenovo is battling HP for supremacy of the PC market. Research firm Gartner pegged China-based Lenovo at the top of the heap for the first time in October.

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