Performance, Software Bundle

Booting completely into the OS took 31 seconds out of the box which is on the slow side for Windows 8. As I typically do with a new system, I made a beeline to the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel. Aside from all of the pre-installed games that come on the Table PC, the only suspect program I found and promptly removed was McAfee Internet Security. This program was eating a ton of CPU cycles seemingly all the time. In fact, removing it shaved a full 10 seconds off the cold boot time.

As this is a family-oriented system, it comes loaded with a wealth of gaming and educational programs. In total, I counted a staggering 40 pre-installed applications. Normally this would cause a ton of concern but given the nature of the system and the fact that some games are actually quite fun, there is little to complain about.

Lenovo utilizes a custom user interface known as Aura. It’s through this UI that you can launch all of the installed games, apps, and so much more using the virtual jog wheel. Aura allows you to load video clips, photos and music as well as shop for new apps and games through the Lenovo App Shop. The software works surprisingly well although there is a hint of lag every now and then.

With Windows 8, we were forced to modify our benchmarking procedures slightly. PCMark Vantage refused to give an overall score no matter how hard I tried. We are also doing away with our “real-world” web-browsing battery test in favor of the much more standardized Powermark application. All of our other testing procedures have been carried over from Windows 7.

Benchmarks Results

Synthetic Tests IdeaCentre Horizon
Table PC
Omni 27 Aspire S7 Gigabyte U2442F
3DMark 06
3DMark Score 7549 3DMarks 7489 3DMarks 5000 3DMarks 8497 3DMarks
Application Tests IdeaCentre Horizon
Table PC
Omni 27 Aspire S7 Gigabyte U2442F
iTunes Encoding Test 1 min 12 sec 58 sec 1 min 20 sec 1 min 14 sec
File Transfer Test
Small files 1 min 35 sec 50.8 sec 16 sec 20 sec
Large file 1 min 11 sec 33.6 sec 17 sec 10 sec

The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3s (119MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring the operation's duration in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3s, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB.

Gaming Performance IdeaCentre Horizon
Table PC
Omni 27 Aspire S7 Gigabyte U2442F
Far Cry 2
1024x768 Medium Quality 67.11 fps 47.93 fps 26.0 fps 47.9 fps
1920x1080 Resolution, High Quality 28.31 fps 27.42 fps 11.0 fps 39.6 fps
StarCraft 2
1024x768 Medium Quality 56.51 fps 62.65 fps 19.0 fps 28.5 fps
1920x1080, High Quality 27.28 fps 30.46 fps 11.0 fps 24.5 fps

  • 27" multi-touch 1920 x 1080 display
  • Intel Core i5 3337U (1.8 - 2.7GHz, dual-core Ivy Bridge)
  • 6GB DDR3
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 620M
  • 1TB Hitachi 5400 RPM hard drive
  • HDMI-in
  • Windows 8 64-bit

  • 27" multi-touch 1920 x 1080 display
  • Intel Core i5-3550S (3.0 - 3.7GHz, quad-core Ivy Bridge)
  • 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
  • Radeon HD 6550A graphics
  • 2TB Hitachi 7200 RPM hard drive
  • DVD RW optical drive
  • HDMI-in
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 13.3" 1920x1080 LED multi-touch display
  • Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9 - 3.0GHz, dual-core Ivy Bridge)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • 13.3" 1600x900 LED-backlit display
  • Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz - 3.0GHz, dual-core Ivy Bridge)
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 2GB
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Toshiba 750GB HDD
  • Crucial m4 128GB SSD
  • Windows 8 64-bit