With all of the attention that tablets, ultrabooks and hybrids have received following the release of Windows 8, you’d be forgiven to let slip from memory an entirely different class of computer: the all-in-one.
Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon embraces Windows 8's touch capabilities with a social twist - it moonlights as a Surface (the table, not the tablet) that can be used by the entire family for a "fun night in." The design is innovative and has a ton of potential on paper. But how does this translate to real world usage?
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Our deal juices are flowing today and at the top of our lists is a quad-core Android 4.2 tablet from Lenovo running just $179 after a big old coupon. We also found a tiny USB 3.0 flash drive with a huge 64GB of storage, coming in a hair under the $40 mark.
Lenovo's latest entrant in the hybrid marketplace brings full Windows 8 to the 11-inch form factor. The Lenovo Yoga 11S is described on the company’s website as a groundbreaking multimedia mini ultrabook, measuring just 11.6-inches, the convertible is a bit lighter than the Yoga 13 (although not by much) at 3.08 pounds.
What it lacks in size compared to the larger Yoga 13, however, is reflected in the price tag as it starts at just $750.
When Apple's very first iPad hit the scene in 2010, their take on the "modern tablet" was destined to become ubiquitous: a thin, rigid slab of touchable electronics covered by a sheet of shiny Gorilla Glass. Following the iPad's resounding success, Apple made no apologies for designing their tablets as though they were giant smartphones -- or at the very least, something less than a full-fledged computer.
Consider this though: Windows 8 Pro on a tablet challenges this mindset.
Lenovo offers its IdeaTab S2110 32GB in Black, model no. 2258D1U, with the IdeaTab Keyboard Dock for $579. Coupon code "2258E5U211" cuts it to $349. With free shipping, that's $230 off and the lowest total price we've seen for any IdeaTab S2110 tablet. For further comparison...