Lenovo got the jump on CES today by announcing its new lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized devices before the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The feature products in this group include new additions to the ultra-portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks and the multimedia-friendly IdeaPad Z Series laptops. For small businesses, the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops introduce Lenovo OneLink technology for new docking capabilities, and to complete the new range of Windows 8 touch devices, the ThinkPad Mobile Monitor not only allows you to take a second monitor on the road, it adds touch functionality.
Thin and Light IdeaPad U and Mainstream Z Series
The new Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 mainstream Ultrabooks offer 10-finger touch screen support. These thin and light consumer Ultrabooks are just 18mm thin and wake up from sleep in just one second with Instant Resume. They come with up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, the “latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics with DirectX 11” (no official details yet on the graphics) and extended battery life for “all day computing.”
The IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 laptops are the latest-generation of the Z Series optimized for the touch interface in Windows 8. They support 10-point touch, feature specialized stereo speakers for extra bass with Dolby Home Theatre v4, come with up to 3rd generation standard voltage Intel Core i7 processors and include the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics technology. These laptops give consumers large 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch screen real estate in Windows 8. The backlit AccuType keyboard even lets you see what you’re typing in the dark.
ThinkPad Edge Laptops with OneLink Technology
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 are the first ThinkPad laptops to include Lenovo’s all new “OneLink” technology. Designed to offer simplicity through a single cable connection, the new docking station interface eliminates cable clutter without compromising performance. The first device to support the new technology is the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock. Offering superior lag-free graphics and audio performance through native video with dedicated HDMI and audio ports, it can also play host to a number of accessories through four USB ports. This dock will also charge the laptop and mobile devices. Lenovo plans to offer additional OneLink devices in 2013. In addition to touch functionality, the slim ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops feature improved graphics options and a five-button ClickPad lets users control Windows 8 features from the keyboard.
The slim ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch is Lenovo’s next generation mobile monitor that offers extra screen real estate and touch functionality. Improving from its predecessor’s innovative design, the LT1423p will be available in wired or wireless editions and boasts a thin design with a 13.3 inch 1600 x 900 AH-IPS panel protected by Gorilla Glass for an incredibly wide viewing angle and offers a great Windows 8 touch experience. Consumers can even experience touch control gestures on non-touch PCs, and as an added benefit, business customers can take advantage of 10-point touch capability or adopt paper-less commercial transactions by using the included electro-magnetic stylus.
Pricing and Availability
The IdeaPad Z500 Touch will be available starting in April. Models start at $699.
The IdeaPad Z400 Touch will be available starting in March. Models start at $699.
The IdeaPad U310 Touch will be available starting in March. Models start at $779.
The IdeaPad U410 Touch will be available starting in April. Models start at $850.
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 will be available starting in May. Models start at $539.
The ThinkPad OneLink Dock will be available starting in May at $99.
The ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch is available Q2 2013 and price will be $349.