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IdeaPad U160

IdeaPad Z360

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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I really like U160/U165
By fleshconsumed on 5/11/2010 8:31:42 AM , Rating: 1
Really like the idea of 11-12" compact portable with 1366x768 resolution with enough horsepower to do most of the tasks and enough battery to last 5+ hours.

I just wish Asus would put new i3-330 UM CPUs into its upcoming UL20AT instead of outdated SU7300. I prefer Asus looks and keyboard a little better and Asus is typically more affordable than lenovo.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 8:47:06 AM , Rating: 2
You might want to take a look at Acer's upcoming TimelineX 1830. Its reported to boast a Core i5 ULV CPU, brushed aluminum look, and 8hr of battery life.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By fleshconsumed on 5/11/2010 9:10:17 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the heads up, didn't know about it. My only concern is keyboard, I've tried 1410 which is a cheaper version of 1810 and it was horrible. I know 1810/1830 are a step up from 1410, but I'd have to try keyboard first. 1410 was basically so bad it was unusable.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By corduroygt on 5/11/2010 3:29:20 PM , Rating: 2
1810 keyboard is also horrible, shame really since otherwise it's a nice laptop.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 9:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
What was the issue with their keyboards? No B&M stores around here carry Acer models so I cannot put hands on them in person. :(

RE: I really like U160/U165
By fleshconsumed on 5/12/2010 8:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if corduroygt has experienced the same issue as I did, but when I tried 1410 the keyboard had close to zero tactile feedback. It had almost linear travel with no "click" feeling when button is pressed. I believe most of the people on the web describe acer as having "mushy" keyboard. From my experience this description is accurate as I have no tactile feedback when the button is pressed.

Definitely try before you buy. Or if you cannot try, buy from a place that will let you return laptop without restocking penalty.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By therealnickdanger on 5/12/2010 1:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I have ever once been concerned with the tactility of any of my keyboards for the past 25 years. What am I missing? Is there some scientific study that proves typing on a stiffer keyboard is healthier or more productive? Should we desire our keyboards to feel like ancient type-writers? Wouldn't less key resistence allow for greater typing speed and less effort?

I can walk into any store and feel the difference between all the different keyboards, but if someone didn't tell me that "clicking tactile feedback" is "better", how would I know? Is there really a benefit to the tactility of a keyboard beyond the basic ability to feel it? If letters appear on the screen, then that's usually the greatest indicator that keys have been pressed.

Any facts or research on the topic would be very interesting.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By Bateluer on 5/12/2010 7:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have a strong dislike for keyboards that are mushy. They don't need to have that distinctive 'Kay-Chinck!' of the old IBM keyboards, but I need to know that the key was pressed. My current Studio 14z has a little keyboard flex, but its not bad.

RE: I really like U160/U165
By corduroygt on 5/13/2010 1:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
When you press a key, only that key should move. My Asus UL keyboard isn't as good as my macbook pro, but it's servicable. Acer 1810t is trash compared to Asus UL keyboard.

By therealnickdanger on 5/12/2010 1:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt! I'm happy that we're getting better and better performance in smaller and smaller packages. I bought a 12.1 HP (Neo X2, 4GB RAM, Radeon 3410) for a my wife and she can use CS4 After Effects, Photoshop, and play WoW from anywhere.

I'm very excited to see the ULV Arrandale CPUs hit the sub-notebook/netbook arena. I really wanted the Alienware M11x, but didn't like the thickness and lack of Arrandale.

IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 12:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
I just wish they'd ditch the Atom line for one of the ULV chips. The power difference isn't that much, but they offer so much more performance.

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By ekv on 5/11/2010 1:04:23 AM , Rating: 1
The i3-530 has even better efficiency...

Granted, it's more an HTPC solution.

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 2:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
Atom D510 TDP = 13W
Core i3 530 TDP = 73W

One of the ULV chips, whether Nehalem based or Core based, would have TDP much lower than the i3 530, but only a bit higher than the Atom.

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 5:33:01 AM , Rating: 2

According to this, the Pentium Dual Core SU4100 is only 10W TDP. Nearly the same thermal envelop as the D510 and substantially more powerful.

I'd be willing to pay a little more for one of these in the Q150/Zbox/Revo form factor.

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By retrospooty on 5/11/2010 7:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
The upcoming CULV i3/i5 based are to be 1.3 and 1.4ghz and to include graphics at only 18w. There was some delay due to non-production issues, I beleive it was stock levels and inventory of the current Core2 based CULV's which are only 10w themselves.

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 7:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
Original statement remains valid. Will we see the Core i3/i5 ULV chips in the nettop form factors?

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By retrospooty on 5/11/2010 5:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
totally agreed. The current core2 culv cpus kick atam to the curb. The upcoming I series will be even better, with grphcs included, overall faster and lower power...

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By Drag0nFire on 5/11/2010 10:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
I call shenanigans on their methodology. The i3-530 may be more "efficient" because it completes its task in less time compared to a D510... but this only works if you shut off the i3-530 as soon as the workload is complete! This would be a very unusual usage scenario, particularly for budget parts...

Which do you think will use more power in any normal (non-synthetic) scenario?

System idle power:
D510 - 28W
i5 - 30W

D510 - 33W
i5 - 82W

RE: IdeaCentre Q150 looks suave
By ekv on 5/11/2010 12:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
"The i3-530 is more 'efficient' because it completes its task in less time compared to a D510."

Umm, instead of turning off your computer, how about moving on to the next task? Not all that unusual. Or do you think it is? 8)

Like I said, i3-530 is more an HTPC solution [due specifically to the 82W power spike]. It is an interesting nevertheless and does get you to think outside-the-box when it comes to low power computing. If that 82W would've been closer to 60W then the situation starts to get compelling.

so the lesson here is:
By inperfectdarkness on 5/11/2010 3:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
if you want a 16:10 screen, you have to get an all-in-one pc. you will not find laptops in wuxga.

AIOs and Linux
By jdietz on 5/13/2010 4:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
Do you think AIOs like the ones mentioned in this article would run Linux?

Lenovo AIO = CRAP!!!!
By dijuremo on 5/14/2010 10:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
So I got one A70z, came DOA. It would turn on, fans would spin really fast, no image, not beeps. Called Tech Support and they did not have any spare parts to fix it. I returned the unit and ordered a new one which I received 7 weeks later. It worked for about 2 weeks, then the screen started getting lines scrolling up and down and changing colors. Called tech support, again no parts (even 9 weeks after I got the first one, they still have not spare parts in the US, WTF????). It's been two weeks now since I called, and I am still waiting to hear from them about a repair.

You better stay away from any Lenovo AIO computers!!!

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