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Lenovo aims to impress with the IdeaPad U110

Back in early January, DailyTech reported on Lenovo's IdeaPad U110 ultra-portable notebook. Details on the swanky notebook where scarce at that time, but Lenovo's latest offering is now available to order.

The IdeaPad U110 features a smallish 11.1" LED-backlit WXGA display coupled with Intel's X3100 integrated graphics adapter. A 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor provides motivation for the notebook and storage duties are handled by a 120GB HDD. Standard memory is a generous 2GB.

When it comes to ports and peripherals, the IdeaPad U110 is pretty much par for the course. It features a 1.3MP webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a 6-in-1 media reader, ExpressCard slot, VeriFace face recognition, and a Dolby Home Theater audio system. Unlike some other “ultra-portable” manufacturers, Lenovo is also including an external dual-layer DVD burner as standard equipment with the notebook.

Lenovo wishes to make a design statement with the IdeaPad U110, so the screen is frameless and extends to the edges of the lid, the body is made of magnesium and aluminum, and the aluminum LCD lid is etched. The notebook is also available in either red or black.

Given the displays rather small 11.1" diagonal measurement, it's easy to understand that the rest of the notebook's dimensions are equally minimalist. The IdeaPad U110 weighs in at just 2.4 pounds with the standard 4-cell battery and is only 0.7 inches thick -- a 7-cell battery is also included with shipping IdeaPad U110 notebooks.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is currently available for purchase from Lenovo's website at a starting price of $1,899. The price includes the aforementioned 4-cell/7-cell batteries and the external DVD burner. The notebook also comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium.

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Great time for consumers
By solgae1784 on 4/29/2008 3:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like Lenovo is giving everything they got to give Macbook Air a run for the money. Nice to see the ultraportable market living up a bit, though the price is still a limiting factor over the regular laptops. I mean, I think Macbook/Dell M1330 is quite portable enough to rival the ultraportables, and Macbook or M1330 costs up to $800 less than this, with much better specs. Hell, even Macbook Pro is quite portable enough and costs only a $100 more with specs that will crush this laptop.

RE: Great time for consumers
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2008 3:23:32 PM , Rating: 2
Still. Giving you the external drive is a nice feature. As well as two batteries. Perhaps they should give the option to just get the 7 cell battery though. Would cut probably $100 off the price.

RE: Great time for consumers
By TomZ on 4/29/2008 3:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
You can't realistically compare the U110 to a Macbook Pro. The Macbook is 2-3X heavier and significantly larger. It's a different class of product, and the price premium for such a small but powerful laptop is pretty justified.

RE: Great time for consumers
By Souka on 4/29/08, Rating: 0
RE: Great time for consumers
By TomZ on 4/29/2008 4:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
Quote from the OP to which I responded:
...even Macbook Pro is quite portable enough and costs only a $100 more with specs that will crush this laptop.

Nothing like making a mistake when correcting someone else. :o)

RE: Great time for consumers
By Cullinaire on 4/29/2008 5:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why DT correctly chooses not to allow edits.

RE: Great time for consumers
By JoshuaBuss on 4/29/2008 3:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
you can't ignore the weight difference though, not for the ultraportable segment anyway. this thing only weighs 2.4 pounds!

RE: Great time for consumers
By robinthakur on 4/30/2008 9:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
Amusingly in the UK this costs the equivalent of $4300!!! (£2138)OMGI'll be sticking with the EEEpc thanks Lenovo...

Taking on Macbook Air...
By daftrok on 4/29/2008 3:02:54 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Taking on Macbook Air...
By HaZaRd2K6 on 4/29/2008 8:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
Very well done. Quite liked that :)

RE: Taking on Macbook Air...
By JoshuaBuss on 4/29/2008 8:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
that is absolutely hilarious

By BusterBluth on 4/30/2008 3:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is much more practical than the Macbook air.

RE: Comparison
By xymeet on 5/2/2008 4:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. it's much better than Mac Air and Mac Pro.

By cscpianoman on 4/29/2008 3:56:59 PM , Rating: 2
No subtle hints in this article. No sir!

By feelingshorter on 4/29/2008 11:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, its expensive for most people but this is still cheap, relatively speaking for what you get. This is perfect for students or business users. Also smart of them to include an external DVD burner so people can install programs and then leave the dvd drive at home. This is the first time i've herd of any laptop that has an included external dvd drive too.

This thing is so much more affordable than the x300, since the x300 comes with SSD drive only, bumping the price up to an ~$3000 range.

Hit to Fujitsu
By ET on 4/30/2008 3:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
As a fan of Fujitsu's P1000 family, I hope that they learn at least a little from this, in terms of providing, at the very least, a reasonable amount of RAM.

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