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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