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Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 folds flat, and offers ten-finger multitouch

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The 23-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre A520's thin display can fold completely flat, and offers ten-finger multitouch support.

IdeaCentre A520
IdeaCentre A520

Lenovo is rather fond of multi-touch all-in-one desktops, and the IdeaCentre A520 is the latest to join the company's ranks. The 23-inch IPS display is 0.8 inches thick, offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution and supports ten-finger multitouch. More importantly, it'll be running Windows 8 — the 27-inch IdeaCentre A720 lacked an IPS display and was saddled with Windows 7, sapping much of its touch-centric potential.Like its larger predecessor, the A520's display is attached to a hinge that allows the screen to fold flat like a table: there isn't much of a use case for that feature right now, but it could bode well for board or card games created with Windows 8 tablets in mind.

The HDMI-in and HDMI-out ports will cater to gamers of a different sort, will the usual assortment of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 sockets round out the connectivity options. The IdeaCentre A520's base model is equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3-3110M processor, but that CPU can be beefed up to a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7-3820QM. Upgrade options also include up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive space, an Nvidia Geforce 615 GPU and a Blu-ray drive. The all-in-one will be available in October, and start at $999.