Getting in on the pre-CES madness, Lenovo has released information on its upcoming 2009 models. One of its more curious additions is the IdeaCenter A600. In addition to being a remarkably slim all-in-one PC, the A600 features an optional four-in-one remote that has Wii-like functionality. According to the company's press release:
"For gaming enthusiasts, Lenovo developed the first-of-its-kind 4-in-1 optional remote controller. It is the first to bring PC users the ability to play games using the remote control’s ‘motion drive’ feature, which controls on-screen objects according to the movement of the remote. Unlike competitor’s remotes, the Lenovo 4-in-1 remote controller can also be used as a VOIP handset3 to make and receive phone calls over the Internet, similar to a typical cordless telephone. The remote also serves as a media center/TV remote, and with Microsoft Vista Media Center users can use the controller to operate DVDs, movies and TV. Additionally, the remote also functions as an 'air mouse' so it can be used to operate the cursor on the screen, eliminating the inconvenience of using a wired mouse."
I've always been mildly interested in all-in-one PCs, but haven't found one that I'd buy. The A600 looks slick and doesn't seem to compromise too much for its space-saving design. The remote sounds interesting, though a bit gimmicky. I don't know about you, but I don't really feel the need to eliminate "the inconvenience of using a wired mouse".
Any thoughts on the A600? Do you think the remote will be useful? Or a total gimmick?