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Lenovo's CES lineup: Flexible laptops, dirt-cheap tablets, and PCs that read your face

Hayden Dingman | Jan. 6, 2015
Tablets and laptops and all-in-ones, oh my!

The 11-, 14-, and 15-inch Flex 3 models come in at $400, $550, and $580 respectively, and ship in May of 2015.

There's also the $800 S41, which is a more performance-oriented option. The S41 looks like a bog standard laptop for low-end gaming, with a 14-inch 1920x1080 screen, a Core i7 processor, and "Nvidia Next Generation GeForce GPU." Whether that means a top-of-the-line 980M or something more middle-of-the-road, I'm not quite sure. And again, there's 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, or a 256GB SSD.

I'm tentatively interested in the S41 considering Lenovo took a decent stab at a gaming laptop with last year's Y50, but we'll have to wait until its June release to know more.

Set it and forget it
lenovo b50 with 3d camera 6
Look too long into the B50's abyss, and the abyss looks into you.

Finally, we come to Lenovo's desktop offerings: The B50, C40, and C50. Inspiring names.

Were you waiting for the day you could buy a computer with Microsoft's Kinect sensor basically built in? If so, Lenovo has the PC for you. The company's new B50 includes a 3D depth-sensing camera that the company describes thusly:

"The 3D camera features full 1080p color and a depth sensor to simulate depth-sensing and vision capabilities of human eyes. The 3D camera takes connecting, capturing and sharing and playing to a new dimension by enhancing video chats with virtual spaces, storing depth information for 3D editing and printing and interacting by responding to hands and finger movements and even facial expressions."

Personally I think that falls somewhere between creepy (the last part) and dumb (everything else), but your mileage may vary.

Besides the camera, the B50 all-in-one has a 23.8-inch 1920x1080 frameless IPS display, a 4th-generation i5 or i7, an Nvidia GeForce 820A 2GB graphics card, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a terabyte of hard drive or hybrid drive space. That's a perfectly capable mainstream (read: not gaming) machine, yet not exactly a performance behemoth considering its $1,250 price tag--but you're buying this thing just to mess with the camera, right?

The C40 and C50 are also all-in-one desktops with 21.5- and 23-inch 1920x1080 IPS displays (10-point multitouch optional). Again, these aren't exactly performance monsters, with 4th-gen Intel i5 processors and Nvidia GeForce 820A graphics cards, 8GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. On the other hand, the $430 and $730 price tags should make these a much easier sell for budget-minded consumers when they launch in March of 2015.

Phew, we made it through all Lenovo has to offer at CES. Except, of course, that record-breaking LaVie laptop. Now that you survived, why not grab a Guinness (if you're of age, of course) and pop over to read that article?


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