Lenovo Refreshes its Y and Z Series Laptops and Unveils the C560 Desktop

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Sunday at CES in Las Vegas Lenovo showcased its updates to the popular Y and Z Series notebooks, and revealed the C560 all-in-one desktop. Having already detailed a number of consumer convertibles and multimode PCs, Lenovo looks to continue its market dominance with a wide collection of devices.


Lenovo Y40 and Y50

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 and Y50 serve to replace the existing Lenovo Y410p and Y510p respectively.  With strong specs and attractive displays the Y series is an affordable gaming option for consumers. The 14″ Y40 is rather lightweight for a gaming oriented device weighing in at only 4 pounds. The larger 15.6″ Y50 weighs in at 4.7 pounds, but the touch-screen option proves even less portable weighing in at a hefty 5.7 pounds.

The Y50 might be worth the added weight  though, as the device apparently offers a few features over the Y40; including an optional Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 resolution) display and optional touchscreen support. The Y40 on the other hand only features a full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display, which doesn’t include a touch screen option. The Y50 also offers backlit keyboard option, which doesn’t appear to be available on Y40 at the moment.

The biggest difference between the two models however lies in their respective graphic solutions. The Y40 utilizes an AMD GPU, while the Y50 is equipped with an NVidia graphics card.  Excluding their respective GPUs, both notebooks offers similar specs including up to a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor, with up to 16GB of RAM and either a 512GB SSD or up to a 1TB HDD.

Both the Y50 and Y40 are expected to be released around May, with prices starting at around $1,000.


Lenovo Z40 and Z50  

With slightly weaker specs than the Y series the Lenovo 14″ Z40 and 15.6″ Z50 laptops aim to strike the perfect balance between strong performance and affordable pricing. As follow ups the Lenovo Z400 and Z500 respectively, the Lenovo Z series affords a considerable level of flexibility with barebones starting builds and a number of upgrade options.

Both notebooks come with standard 1366 x 768 displays, but can be configured with a full HD 1080p screen. Additionally both devices feature up to an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage space with the option of a 1TB hybrid storage drive with an integrated 8GB SSD cache. Similar to other midrange notebooks Integrated HD graphics are standard, but both devices do offer an optional NVidia 840M GPU. Both notebooks will run Windows 8.1 out of the box.

The Lenovo Z40 and Z50 are expected to be released sometime around March, with prices starting at $600.


Lenovo C560

The Lenovo C560 is an affordable all-in-one (AIO) family desktop. Equipped with a full HD 23″ display, the C560 offers optional touch support. The device supports a number of CPU options ranging from the modest Intel Celeron G1820T to the more powerful fourth generation quad-core Core i7. The desktop also features an NVidia GeForce 705A graphics with 1GB or 2GB of memory, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 2TB (7,200 RPM) HDD or up to a 2TB SSD. The new AIO desktop also incorporates tool-free expandability allowing users to add memory and storage without the need for additional equipment.

The Lenovo C560 AIO is expected to be released in February, with prices starting at $660.



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