Lenovo IdeaPad Notebooks Sport Intel Chips, Slim Design

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-09-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lenovo pumps up the volume on design with its latest three notebooks, the U300s Ultrabook and U300 and U400 notebooks.

Computer maker Lenovo is stepping out in style with three notebooks-the IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook and IdeaPad U300 and U400 notebooks-for the fashion-conscious crowd.

The U300s and U400, with prices starting at $1199.99 and $849.99, respectively, are available in a Graphite Gray; the U300s also comes in limited-edition Clementine Orange.

The U300s features the second-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and boot-up in as few as 10 seconds with Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive solid-state drive (SSD) technology. It also boasts a 13.3-inch ultra-slim 16:9 widescreen HD display, 4GB of double data rate 3 (DDR3) memory and up to 256GB of SSD storage. At just 0.6 inches thick, the U300s is built from a single-piece aluminum shell to create a lightweight product weighing in at less than three pounds.

Other smart technologies include the Breathable Keyboard, an Intel Advanced Cooling Technology that allows air to flow in through the keyboard and out of the sides and rear hinge, removing the need for vents on the underside of the notebook. Also included are Bluetooth, high-speed 802.11n WiFi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors, as well as an integrated 1.3M (720p HD) Webcam.

The IdeaPad U300 and U400 are being marketed as stylish, ultra-slim laptops, offering intelligent technologies that let consumers do more with less. The U300 and U400 laptops come with second-generation Intel Core processors and feature boot-up times of under 17 seconds due to optional RapidDrive SSD technology. The U300 features a 13.3-inch HD display, while the U400 has a 14-inch HD display and AMD Radeon HD5470M 1GB graphics. Both models can be specified with as much as 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1TB of HDD storage and up to 256GB of SSD storage. The U400 also has an integrated slot-loading DVD-RW drive.

The Long Life Battery on the U300 lasts for up to 6 hours, and up to 7 hours on the U400. Both models also feature the same Breathable Keyboard technology as the U300s.

"The new IdeaPad U Series laptops from Lenovo provide style mavens everything they need in a slender, mobile and super chic package," said Yao Yingjia, vice president of Lenovo's innovation design center. "The U300s, U300 and U400 laptops are the perfect luxury accessory this season, liberating consumers on the go to combine productivity and entertainment in one stylish device."

The IdeaPad U300s, U300 and U400 all feature HD graphics support, a HDMI output and integrated stereo speakers with SRS Premium Surround Sound for an immersive sound experience. And users can bring computer content to life-sized magnitude wirelessly on a big screen from the U300s Ultrabook or the U300/U400 ultraportables with Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology.

"People will be wowed with the new U Series systems from Lenovo that combine incredible performance in beautiful and stylish designs," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's PC client group. "Powered by our 2nd Gen Core processors, this system will deliver great capabilities with a wonderful user experience and long battery life that people increasingly want. We're particularly excited by Lenovo's innovation and as one of the leading time to market partners in the new ultrabook category with the U300s device that combines a no-compromise, must-have mobile experience with performance, security, responsiveness and style."

 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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