Lenovo Launches New IdeaPads

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Lenovo just announced a new consumer line of notebooks under the name IdeaPad. This line will include three series of notebooks; the Y710, Y510, and U110. New to this line of notebooks are Dolby Home Theatre Speaker Systems, touch-sensitive multimedia controls, and "Frameless" screens. All models will also include VeriFace facial biometrics security software, offering consumers an alternative to fingerprint scanners.

The IdeaPad Y710 is a 17” widescreen multimedia/entertainment notebook, offering an ATI HD2600 video card, optional Blu-Ray DVD, Halo screen bezel lighting, and a hot swap secondary drive. Another feature we are really curious about that is unique to the Y710 is a control area next to the keyboard with a LCD readout along with other media controls.


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Y710 Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 and T9300
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
  • Screen: 17" widescreen WXGA VibrantView (1400×900)
  • Video Card: ATI HD2600 256MB DDR2
  • HD: 250GB 5400rpm or 500GB (250GBx2)
  • RAM: 2x1GB (4GB max)
  • Optical: DVD-Burner or Blu-Ray DVD
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • Sound: four speakers, 1 subwoofer
  • Network: 10/100 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN wireless
  • Weight: 7.9lbs
  • Size: 15.5 x 11.2 x 1.02-1.53”
  • Warranty: 1 year system/1 year battery
  • Battery: 6 Cell, up to 4 hrs
  • Ports: four USB, HDMI, Firewire, VGA, S-Video, 6-in-1 Card reader, Expresscard, Mic/ Headphone jacks
  • Availability: January 2008
  • Starting price: $1,199

The Y510 is a 15" model, offering the same design as its larger brother, but with fewer multimedia options.


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Y510 Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T2330, T5450, or T5550
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
  • Screen: 15” widescreen WXGA VibrantView (1280×800)
  • Video Card: Intel X3100 (up to 256MB shared)
  • HD: 160GB or 250GB 5400rpm
  • RAM: 2x1GB (4GB max)
  • Optical: DVD-Burner
  • Webcam: 1.3mp
  • Sound: four speakers, one subwoofer
  • Network: 10/100 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN wireless
  • Weight: 6.4lbs
  • Size: 14.1 x 10.3 x 1.14-1.42”
  • Warranty: 1 year system/1 year battery
  • Battery: 6 Cell, up to 4 hrs
  • Ports: three USB, Firewire, VGA, S-Video, 6-in-1 card reader, Expresscard, Mic/Headphone jacks
  • Availability: January 2008
  • Starting price: $799

The U110 is an ultraportable notebook, starting at 2.42lb and 18.4mm thick. It will offer touch sensitive controls similar to the larger models, as well as a solid state drive.


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U110 Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Low Voltage
  • Screen: 11.1” Glossy widescreen WXGA ( 1366×768)
  • Video Card: Intel X3100 (up to 256MB shared)
  • HD: 160GB 1.8” or 32GB SSD
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • Sound: two speakers, 1.5W
  • Network: 10/100 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN wireless, Bluetooth
  • Warranty: 1 year system/1 year battery
  • Battery: up to 8 hours
  • Availability: April 2008

Additional product information and pricing is available on the Lenovo website.  To find the Y510 in retail stores you can head to BestBuy.com, Micro Center, NewEgg.com, Office Depot or Tiger Direct.  The Y710 will initially be sold at TigerDirect.com.

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