Lenovo Intros Windows 8 Laptops, Convertibles, AIO and Gamer PC
IdeaPad U, IdeaPad Z Series All four of these new IdeaPads feature Genuine Windows 8, Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 processors and high-definition displays. On the Z400 and Z500, which feature 14- and 15.6-inch displays, respectively, 10-point multi-touch capabilities are a given; on the 13.3- and 14-inch U310 and U410, they're an option. Other differences between these thin-and-light models are that the Z series offers hard-drive options up to 1 terabyte (TB), while the U series offers also up to 24GB of SSD cache—and boasts a one-second Instant Resume feature. And while the U series is MacBook-like silver, the Z series comes in more playful but still chic shades of pink, blue and charcoal. The Z400 will arrive in March, followed by the Z500 in April, both with starting prices of $699. The U310 and U410 will likewise have respective March and April launch dates, priced at $779 and $850, respectively.IdeaCentre A730This 27-inch all-in-one is available with a 27-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) frameless display or an optional Quad HD (2560 by 1440) display. Either way, the 10-point multi-touch displays are less than an inch thin and offer screen angles from -5 to 90 degrees. The A730 supports up to Windows 8 Pro, a 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 2GB of Nvidia GeForce graphics and up to 1TB of storage. Though the newest 27-inch Apple iMac measures 5mm at its thinnest edge, Lenovo claims that overall, the A730 is the "world's slimmest 27-inch multi-touch all-in-one." It will arrive in June with a starting price of $1,499. Erazer X700 Hardcore gamers—or anyone running energy-guzzling multimedia applications—should take note of the X700, and not just because the desktop looks Transformers-inspired. The X700, which runs Windows 8 Pro and up to an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, features Lenovo's Onekey Overclocking feature, which enables users to "overclock" the system with the push of a button. Lenovo explained: "Many similar gaming PCs require users to adjust the setting in the BIOS. Because the Erazer X700 leverages AMD Eyefinity technology, the user can connect up to six monitors to enjoy a panoramic screen display and add up to 4TB of storage without tools while the PC is still running." There are dual graphics support options, Option 7.1 channel surround sound support with Dolby Advanced Audio, a 9in1 card reader, an integrated DVD reader/writer and a Blu-ray disk drive. It'll arrive in June and start at $1,499. Lenovo also introduced Mobile Touch Screen Companions—mobile monitors for those wanting extra screen real estate and touch functionality. An LT1423p will be available in wired or wireless additions, with a 13.3-inch display, and start at $449 when it arrives during the second quarter. Finally, Lenovo's haul concluded with a $99 ThinkPad OneLink Dock that features Lenovo's OneLink technology, which simplifies work areas with its one-cable connection. "People love touch," Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo's Product Group, said in a Jan. 6 statement. "It's everywhere in today's PC Plus world and is driving new interactions with devices and digital content." Introducing the Windows 8 convertibles Monday afternoon, Hortensius added, "Our unmatched family of convertibles gives consumers, students, business professionals and everyone in between the opportunity to choose the convertible that's right for them." Follow Michelle Maisto on Twitter.