Today at CES Lenovo introduced the Ideacentre 610s. The Ideacentre line is composed of consumer-focused desktop PCs. The newest edition to the line, the 610s, is an intriguing home theater PC (HTPC). While the hardware’s industrial design is striking, what really sets the 610s apart is the included projector.
Mounted to the top of triangle shaped case is a small 720p 220-lumen projector. The projector has its own power cable and receives its video signal wireless from the computer. This allows the user to place the projector in the most convenient location in the room. It is capable of projecting an image at up to 110” from a distance of 2.4 meters. The projector also has a tripod mount on the bottom to make mounting it much easier.
The Ideacentre 610s can be fitted with the latest generation of Intel processors all the way up to the Core i7. It tops out at a beefy 16GB of RAM. The 610s includes either a 128GB SSD or a 2TB HDD. It includes an Nvidia GeForce 750 Ti graphics card, which will more than adequately handle non-4k video duties. It should scratch your gaming itch too, as long as you are not looking to play the latest high-end games. On the back, it features four USB ports, three of which are USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI, optical audio, and a standard 3.5mm audio jack. It also includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.
The price of the Lenovo Ideacentre 610s will start at $849, and it should begin shipping in June. It is definitely an interesting new entry into the HTPC market. The only thing we are disappointed in is the resolution of the projector. While the projector is not top-of-the-line, it should make for a good starter setup for anyone looking to get into the home theater PC space. After all, there’s nothing preventing you from eventually hooking the Ideacentre 610s to a different external projector or television.