Lenovo Announces New IdeaPad Multimedia Notebooks
CES 2011 - Lenovo today launched several new series of IdeaPad consumer multimedia notebooks, encompassing everything from high performance to value-oriented.
The Y-series are the top-end IdeaPad offerings available with the second-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and Nvidia GT 550M 1 GB switchable graphics. The announced models include the 15.6-inch Y570d and Y570 and the 14-inch Y470. The Y570d is Nvidia 3D VISION capable and includes 3D glasses.
Common features of the Y-series include a metallic finish, JBL designed speakers, and SRS Premium Sound. The Y-series is available with Lenovo RapidDrive SSD technology, which combines an SSD and a hard drive for fast boot times. Weight starts at 4.85 lbs for the Y470 and 5.59 lbs for the Y570/Y570d; the battery life is approx. four hours with the 6-cell battery.
The Y-series will be available beginning in May 2011 starting at $899.99.
The IdeaPad Z-series is a mid-range multimedia notebook. The announced models include the Z570 (15.6-inch), Z470 (14-inch), and the Z370 (13.3-inch). They are also available with the second-gen Intel Core i7 processor. The Z-series will be available in several colors including fuchsia, sky blue, and dark brown. A blu-ray disc drive is optional.
Other specifications include available Nvidia GeForce 525M 2 GB graphics (Z570/Z470) or 410M 1 GB graphics (Z370), up to a 1 TB hard drive, and a starting weight of 4.41 lbs for the V370, 4.85 lbs for the V470, and 5.73 lbs for the V570. The battery life is up to five hours with the 6-cell.
Pricing and availability information has not been released for the Z-series.
Lenovo is also refreshing their IdeaPad netbook offerings. The S100 is the successor to the S10-3 netbook, featuring a 10.1-inch display and weighing under 2.2 lbs. It will be available in red, fuchsia, sky blue, and black colors.
The S205 is an 11.6-inch ultraportable with available 3G mobile broadband. Lenovo says the computer has a "long battery life" but does not specify exactly how many hours.
Specifications of the S100 include up to the Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, Windows 7 Home Basic, and a 98% full-size keyboard. The S205 features up to an AMD Dual Core E-350 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD Radeon HD 6310 512 MB graphics, and a starting weight of 2.2 lbs.
The S-series netbooks will be available beginning in March 2011 starting at $329.99.
The value-oriented V-series have a professional look and aluminum casing. The V-series features the second-generation Intel Core-series processors. Lenovo says the V-series can boot up to 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer thanks to Lenovo RapidBoot technology.
Other features of the V-series include OneKey Rescue System for quick data backup and recovery and Lenovo Security Suite which can encrypt and protect user data. V-series notebooks have a fingerprint reader built-in.
V-series models include the 15.6-inch V570, 14-inch V470, and the 13.3-inch V370.
V-series specifications include up to the Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce 512M 2 GB (V470/V570) or 315M 1 GB (V370), up to a 1 TB hard drive, and a starting weight of 3.68 lbs for the V370, 4.81 lbs for the V470, and 5.29 lbs for the V570. The battery life is approx. three hours with the 6-cell battery.
The V-series will be available beginning in April 2011 starting at $599.99.
The G-series notebooks fill the void below the IdeaPad line. The G-series is available with both AMD and Intel processors; models include the G770 (17.3-inch), G570 (15.6-inch), G470 (14-inch), G575 (15.6-inch, AMD-based), and G475 (14-inch, AMD-based). The G770 is the first G-series notebook to feature a 17.3-inch display.
Specifications include up to the second-generation Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, AMD Radeon HD 6370M (G770 up to HD 6650M), 1366 x 768 screen resolutions, and a weight starting at 4.0 lbs for the 13.3-inch notebook.
Pricing and availability information has not been announced for the G-series.
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