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Lenovo Unveils Three Home Computing Devices

The home server, home theater PC, and thin desktop are designed for increased amounts of digital content in the home, and desire to connect the Internet and TV.

Lenovo introduced three home computing devices, including a home server, home theater PC, and ultra-thin desktop computer.

Lenovo IdeaCentre D400(click image for larger view)
Lenovo IdeaCentre D400

The D400 home server is designed for storing and sharing videos, music, photos and documents from multiple PCs. The Q700 theater PC enables content from digital cameras, smartphones and PCs to be viewed through the home television. Both devices have a starting pricve of $499.

In addition, Lenovo launched on Tuesday two ultra-thin computers designed for Internet access, the Q100 and Q110. The mini-desktops are seven-tenths of an inch thick and are about the size of a small book. Pricing starts at $229.

Lenovo is attempting to expand into markets outside its homeland China, particularly the United States. Lenovo has remained strong in the corporate market since acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, including the popular ThinkPad brand. However, the company failed to gain much attention in the U.S. consumer market, dominated by Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Apple.

In the second quarter, Lenovo was the fourth largest largest PC maker in the world in shipments. HP led the pack, followed by Dell and Acer, according to IDC. In the United States, however, Lenovo has yet to crack the top five.

The latest consumer devices are designed to take advantage of increased digital content in the home, and linking of media in the PC to the larger-screen of the television.

The D400 server is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 230 processor and includes 1 GB of system memory and up to 8 TB of storage. The device runs Microsoft Home Server and includes Apple's iTunes server and a gigabit Ethernet connection for connected to a router.

The Q700 theater PC includes an Intel dual-core Pentium processor and up to 4 GB of system memory and 2 TB of storage. The device includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, a gigabit Ethernet connection and an HDMI connector for the TV. The Q700 runs Windows Vista Home Premium 64.

The Q100 and Q110 Nettops are each powered by an Intel Atom 230 processor and include 1 GB of system memory in Q100 and 2 GB in the Q110. The Q100 has 160 GB of storage and the Q110 250 GB. Both systems have built-in Wi-Fi and run Windows XP Home or Vista Home Premium.

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