New Notebooks Price Priced From $599 to $649
Lenovo today announced new notebook PCs designed to give consumers and small-office-home-office users cool, fun-to-use and highly reliable technology with the latest capabilities at surprisingly affordable prices. The new IdeaPad U350 laptop balances thin and light design with features that provide an excellent user experience without breaking the bank. The Lenovo G550 laptop brings small-to-medium business users the essential computing performance they need with fast memory and processing and powerful graphics in a new stylish, professional design.
“Users are demanding thinner and lighter PCs with enhanced connectivity and extra long battery life to fit their increasingly mobile lifestyles,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. “To meet this growing category for ‘thinbooks’, we’re bringing customers products like the new IdeaPad U350 laptop, the IdeaPad S12 netbook and our recently introduced IdeaPad Y650 laptop.”
IdeaPad U350 Laptop
Lenovo is pushing the envelope on design to bring consumers ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-loaded PC technology. Encased in a sophisticated sleek silver shell, the IdeaPad U350 laptop starts at 3.5 pounds and measures one inch thin1. While thin and light to the touch on the outside, Lenovo loaded the PC inside with the latest entertainment and computing features to enhance and simply users’ digital worlds. A 16:9 aspect ratio high definition 13.3 inch LED screen and an HDMI connector allow users to fully enjoy watching movies or other multimedia in high definition.
The IdeaPad U350 laptop also packs in several unexpected features, such as Ambient Light Sensor which automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness according to the lighting environment, reducing eye strain while preserving battery life. Also, Dolby Sound Room complements the video experience by providing a high quality surround-sound audio experience. And with VeriFace facial recognition technology, users can make their face their password for easy log in. A camera also comes in handy for video messaging or making Skype calls using the laptop’s WiFi connectivity.
The laptop’s entertainment features are powered by a backbone of computing technologies, including choices of Intel Core2 Solo and Pentium ultra low voltage processors, up to 8 GB high speed DDR3 memory and up to 500 GB of hard drive storage. These technologies help users to do more, faster, such as editing video to post on social networking sites and watching streaming video. For high reliability which is important to individual business users whether on the clock or off, Lenovo borrowed a component of ThinkPad laptop design with the Active Protection System. This helps protect data by temporarily stopping the hard drive if the laptop should fall. The IdeaPad U350 laptop also comes with OneKey Rescue System to help recover data in just a few simple steps if it becomes corrupted.
Lenovo G550 Laptop
Lenovo crafted the Lenovo G550 15.6-inch laptop to offer business professionals reliable, affordable and straightforward PC technology. The new laptop expands upon this value bringing users extra features, like style and design, making it ideal for personal computing too. The redesigned, thinner and lighter G Series laptops feature choices of either a hairline-like silver finish or a smooth and glossy slate-colored finish.
Equipped with entertainment essentials including a 16:9 aspect ratio panel and DVD burner/player, users can easily display multimedia presentations at the office or watch movies at home. The laptops offer constant connectivity with WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth. They also come with VeriFace technology and built-in cameras. The G550 laptop comes equipped with a numeric keypad for ease in logging data, high speed memory, the latest Intel Centrino2 processor technology and choices of NVIDIA graphics.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability2
The notebooks will be available through business partners and www.lenovo.com. The IdeaPad U350 laptop will be available starting in July for $649 and the Lenovo G550 laptop will be available starting in June for $599.
1 With a 4-cell battery.
16:9 aspect ratio, 13.3 inch LED, HD 1366 X 768
16:9 aspect ratio, G550 has 15-inch, G450 has 14-inch, HD LED (1366 X 768, 220 nits)
Intel ultra low voltage CPUs and small form factor chipsets: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4G, 800 MHz, 3 MB), Intel Pentium SU2700 (1.3G, 800 MHz, 2 MB), and Intel Celeron 723 (1.2G, 800 MHz, 1MB) processors. Mobile Intel GS40 and GS45 Express Chipset.
Intel Centrino2; Core2Duo (25w/35w PGA, 2.26 GHz-2.80, up to 6 MB, 1066 MHz)
Mobile Intel GMA 4500M and Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD Memory
Up to Nvidia GeForce G105M with 512 MB DDR2 memory or Intel integrated GMA X4500
Up to 8 GB DDR3 800/1066 MHz DRAM
Up to 4GB DDR3, 800/1066 MHz DRAM
Up to 500 GB 5400 rpm
Up to 320 GB, 5400 rpm
10 hours with 8 cell, 5 hours with 4 cell
5 hours with 6 cell and integrated graphics, 2.5 hours with discrete graphics
2.49 – 2.55 kg
328mm x 228mm x 17-24.9mm
318mm x 245mm x 26.5-36.2mm
Ethernet 10/100/1000m/Intel WiFi Link 5150 1 X 2 AGN, Intel WiFi Link 5100 1 X 2 AGN, non-Intel wireless b/g/Bluetooth
Ethernet, NIC/Intel WiFi Link 5150 1X2 AGN/Intel WiFi Link 5100 1X2 AGN/Non-Intel Wireless b/g/Bluetooth (optional)
12.7mm SATA Optical (DVD Rambo)
1.3 megapixel camera, ambient light sensor technology, multi-touch touchpad, Dolby Sound Room/two 1.5 watt speakers, Active Protection System, Ambient Light Sensor, VGA ports, 4-in-1 multicard reader, Dolby Headphone, VeriFace 3.5, Quick Start
camera, HDMI port on PM/GM platform
VeriFace 3.5, Vista Home Basic/Home Premium, OneKey Rescue System
Veriface 3.5, Vista Business/Home Premium/Basic/Starter
2 Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice
1 With a 4-cell battery.