In person, Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 all-in-one PC is not as beautiful as we'd hoped, with a bulbous arse. But its do-it-all remote, with Wii-like gaming, is exactly like we expected: crap.
We tried to play the IdeaCentre's motion tennis game for the most direct Wii Sports comparison, but no one knew how to get it going, and the remote's confusing, schizo layout didn't help. The remote does work okay as an air mouse (it's a little laggy), but performance in the ping pong game that we did get to play was still nowhere near Wii level—and it's not like the Wii's controller is ultra-precise. It's hard to tell if it's a hardware, firmware or software problem, but it's thoroughly mediocre, as we suspected it'd be. (Swiss Army Knife gadgets usually suck.)
Other impressions of the IdeaCentre: It's another solid, glossy piece from Lenovo's consumer design side—maybe too glossy, it was hard to see what was on the screen sometimes. We also really wish it had a skinnier arse, so we could love it like our girlfriends. Overall, not bad with a nice keyboard and mouse combo, but not a total upheaval of the all-in-one playbook, either.