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Lenovo has launched the C325, a new all-in-one machine destined for your family room that is ideal for lightweight productivity and multimedia tasks. The system is powered by AMD's Brazos platform, which includes the new 40nm E-450 Zacate processor. The Fusion chip's 1.65GHz Bobcat cores are speedy enough for everyday usage while the integrated Radeon HD 6320 allows you to watch high-def videos and play most modern games -- albeit on low quality.
AMD's silicon is paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB, 500GB or 1TB hard drive and a DVD burner. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any preinstalled Blu-ray options, but you can add a TV turner. Externally, you'll find a 20-inch 1600x900 display (multitouch support is available for a premium, though we haven't seen pricing info besides the $699 starting rate), a 0.3MP webcam, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an HDMI output as well as a 6-in-1 card reader.
Lenovo has drawn attention to the C325's SRS Premium Sound tech and its audio-in port, which lets you play music from your MP3 player without turning on the computer. Units come with Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium along with various preinstalled applications courtesy of Lenovo, including "Rescue System," IdeaTouch," "YouCam" and "Lenovo Camera Fun Zone" -- the last of which is a prime candidate for the "most boring program name" award.
It's worth noting that the webcam supports facial recognition and Lenovo includes software that can track how far you're sitting from the display. Get too close and the system warns you. We imagine most of you don't want to be nagged about your usage habits, but it could be handy for kids that like to sit on top of the display. Another feature adjusts the display's brightness based on the ambient lighting conditions. The C325 should available online this week.
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