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IdeaCentre A700

IdeaCentre Q150
Lenovo revamps its consumer lineup

Lenovo is revamping its consumer lineup today with a slew of new laptop, all-in-one (AIO), and nettop computers.

First up are new IdeaPad Z Series and U Series notebooks. The new Z Series notebooks are available in 13.3", 14" and 15.6" form factors. The Z360 (13.3"), Z460 (14") and Z560 (15.6") feature the latest Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 315M (1GB) graphics solutions.

A separate IdeaPad Z565 is also offered with AMD Phenom II (single-, dual-, triple-, and quad-core models will be available) processing power and ATI Mobility Radeon graphics (HD 4200 integrated, HD 5470 w/512MB, and HD 5470 w/1GB).

The IdeaPad Z Series notebooks come with chiclet-style keyboards, support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, integrated Bluetooth/802.11n, eSATA connectivity, and optional support for Blu-ray optical drives.

Also new are the IdeaPad U160 and U460s. The U Series offers a redesigned chassis which resembles a "U" when closed and viewed from the side. The U160 (11.6") and U460s (14") feature Intel's new ultra-low voltage Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Processor choices range from a Core i3-330UM processor (1.20GHz, 3MB Cache) to a Core i7-640UM processor with Turbo Boost Technology (1.20GHz, 4MB Cache).

The U160 offers a 1366x768 widescreen display, integrated Intel HD graphics, support for up to 4GB of memory, support for up to a 500GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, 802.11n, and Bluetooth. Other options include an external USB optical drive and optional WWAN connectivity.

The U160 weighs just 2.76 pounds with a 3-cell battery and 3.09 pounds with a 6-cell battery.

The U460s also features a 1366x768 display, NVIDIA GeForce 305M (512MB) graphics, support for up to 8GB of memory, and mirrors the connectivity options of the U160 (including the lack of standard optical drive). The machine weighs 3.8 pounds with an 8-cell battery.

Moving on to all-in-one machines, Lenovo has unveiled the new IdeaCentre A700 and B305 -- both are available with Lenovo NaturalTouch fingertip touch screen technology. The IdeaCentre A700 features a sleek aluminum body that measure just 0.8" at its thinnest point and 2.5" at its thickest point. It features a 23" display (1920x1200) which can be paired with either an ATI Radeon HD 5450 (512MB) or ATI Radeon HD 5650 (1GB). Processor offerings range from an Intel Core i3-330M processor (2.13GHz, 3MB Cache) to an Intel Core i7-820QM processor with Turbo Boost Technology (1.73GHz, 8MB Cache).

The system features a slot-loading Blu-ray player, support for up to 8GB of memory, size USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, 6-in-1 card reader, Firewire, HDMI in/out, and an optional TV tuner.

The IdeaCentre B305 all-in-one is the budget-minded offering and features a 21.5" display (1900x1200) and packs AMD Athlon X2, Athlon X3, or Athlon X4 power.

Last up is Lenovo's newest nettop computer, the IdeaCentre Q150. The IdeaCentre Q150 can equipped with an Atom D410 (single-core, 1.66GHz) plus Intel integrated graphics or as a higher spec Atom D510 (dual-core, 1.66GHz) using an NVIDIA Ion platform. The base machine comes with an 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM, while the uprated machine features a 250GB HDD and 2GB of RAM.

“In the less than three years since Lenovo launched its worldwide Idea brand of PCs, we have expanded our consumer footprint to more than 85 countries, firmly establishing our presence in the consumer PC market," said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Lenovo. "Lenovo's consumer business recently achieved 89 percent year-over-year growth, outpacing the competition. The latest additions to the Idea portfolio demonstrate Lenovo’s commitment to leading the consumer market with stylish, feature-packed PCs that make computing more fun for all.”

The IdeaPad Z Series will start at $649, while the IdeaPad U Series will start at $699. The IdeaCentre A700 will be priced from $999, while the IdeaCentre B305 will be priced from $699. The starting price for the IdeaCenter Q150 is $249.

All of Lenovo's new models will be available in June.





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