Google’s Chrome OS may have been hot in 2013, but if CES is a sign of things to come, computer manufacturers are getting ready to shake up the PC industry with an onslaught of Android-based computers. The Lenovo N308 all-in-one Android PC is the perfect device for anyone that wants a simple workstation for email, basic document editing, gaming and entertainment – all for $450. Powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4, the Lenovo N308 features a 19.5″ HD+ (1600×900) 2-point Infrared multi-touch display, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD (7200RPM) or 16GB eMMC storage, two USB 2.0 ports, a 6-in-1 card reader, 720p webcam and a built-in battery that allows the device to be used untethered around the house for up to three hours.
The design of the Lenovo N308 is very attractive and the included keyboard and mouse work amazingly well, especially considering that Android was never intended to be used on a desktop PC. Lenovo has done an incredible job of leaving Android’s core functionality and user interface alone. The Android 4.2.2 build uses the standard tablet layout for the desktop and includes access to Google Play, Gmail, Google Maps and all the other Google services that make Android a pleasure to use.
The Lenovo N308 will never be as versatile as a PC running Windows 8, but we get the impression that the Lenovo N308 and its $450 price tag are the perfect fit for the consumer that wants a starter PC for their children or anyone that loves the experience Android has to offer but just wants to be a little more productive with it.