Lenovo Launches IdeaPad Notebooks for Consumers
Jan 4, 2008
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Lenovo has launched three new notebook computers for consumers. The new IdeaPad notebooks are available in three models: the U110, the Y510, and the Y710. All three  feature Centrino technology, frameless display screens, touch-sensitive control surfaces, facial recognition technology, Dolby Home Theatre surround sound, and textured LCD lids.

The IdeaPad U110 is the smallest member of the family and features an 11.1" widescreen display screen backed by a red, aluminum-alloy LCD lid. The notebook weighs just 2.3 pounds and is only 0.7 inches thick. Lenovo will make a solid-state disk (SSD) optional when the notebook launches in March.

The 6.4 lb, 15.4" widescreen Y510 is the middle-child and sports a textured black LCD lid. Lenovo includes a Core 2 Duo T5550 processor, 2GB of memory, a 250GB HDD, DVD+-RW drive and adds four speakers plus a subwoofer with the Y510. 

The top-of-the-line 7.9 lb, 17" Y710 features hot-swappable second hard drive bay. Also included is Game Zone functionality which provides larger directional keys for gaming and four user-defined buttons and a secondary display. The Y710 also supports overclocking of the Core 2 Duo T9300 processor and includes an ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 GPU -- a Blu-ray drive is optional. Like the U110, the Y710 will be available in March.

Pricing begins at US$799 for the Y510 and $1,199 for the Y710. Pricing has not yet been set for the U110.

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