CES 2016 – Lenovo’s New PC Has A Wireless Projector

Despite the fact that Mikes Good Stuff is not necessarily a tech website, I do still pay attention to CES. These days, CES has become more and more irrelevant, as the big players continue to release their biggest offerings at their own events.

Funny enough, I’m rarely ever impressed or interested in the releases of the big players. What interests me is the strange, the obscure, the niche, and the things that push technology forward. So far today, I’ve seen some sort of Nvidia supercomputer that may or may not ever show up in a future car in the decades to come, Lenovo and LG unveiled phones nobody cares about, and Lenovo unveiled a bunch of over-stylized gaming computers that were possibly designed by a 15-year old COD player that shows off the fact that Razer did something with them.

Oh, and Lenovo also unveiled a pretty, yet rather unsurprising new version of the Yoga called the 900S.

Welp, it’s a thin laptop

But then, at the tail end of the news cycle came this strange beast.

What is that, you ask? By the way, the fact that you have to ask that question is why I looked at it in the first place. The answer is why I’m telling you now. That’s the Lenovo Ideacenter 610S, a computer that looks like an backup drive or a piece of networking equipment. But it’s unique in that it comes with a wireless projector for displaying whatever you’ve got going playing in the internals. The projector can attach to the top of the computer for safe keeping, or angling purposes, and also appears to have its own tripod.

But the biggest question is, why? I mean, I dunno. Why not, I guess. Despite that fact that multimedia enthusiasts with their multi-thousand dollar 4K projectors will balk at this thing’s Texas Instruments DLP chip pushing out a paltry 720p resolution. Or that they’ll continue to balk at its 110-inch optimum projection size. Or the stupidly tiny speakers.

But it’s a wireless projector, man. It does not need to be connected to the desktop to project, and only needs a power cable. And it comes with a home media computer. It’s not the best thing in the world, but maybe it would be pretty cool when your son is using the Xbox and you want to catch up on your Game of Thrones. Or if your bed is way comfier tonight and you don’t feel like moving the TV. I dunno, it’s a funky device, but I kinda like the unique use of tech and bizarre use cases I can think of.

If you’re weird like me, you can pick it up starting in June at $849 with the projector coming standard. Specs include current-gen Intel Skylake processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, a max of 2 TB HDD or 128 GB SSD, and support for discrete GPUs up to the mid-range Nvidia 750 Ti. The Desktop itself appears to have 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11ac WiFi built in.

Mike Lohnash