Thursday, January 3, 2008

Lenovo launches IdeaPad, IdeaStation laptop and desktop lines

IBM Lenovo's Think brand (ThinkPad, ThinkStation) has gotten the company far, but it was clear those boring numbers (3000, 2000) just weren't cutting the mustard. Say hello to Lenovo's new global portable and desktop computing brands: IdeaPad and IdeaStation, respectively. While details on the IdeaStation desktop lineup are still pretty sparse, the laptop lineup has three machines running the gamut of sizes -- the Y710 (17-inch gaming rig), Y510 (15-inch workhorse), and U110 (11-inch ultraportable) -- all featuring VeriFace (facial recognition software), media keys, textured lids, and flush bezels, and available in April. Too bad none have WWAN -- that really would have made our day. Check out the specs:

Y710 (above)

  • 17-inch WXGA (1440 x 900) CCFL VibrantView display

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz)

  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600, 256MB

  • Up to 4GB RAM, up to 500GB in drives

  • Game Zone keyboard lighting, and auxiliary display with resource usage and performance controls

  • Blu-ray reader with dual-layer CD / DVD burner

  • 802.11a/b/g/n (but no Bluetooth, apparently)

  • HDMI, VGA, S-Vodeo

  • (4) USB 2.0, ExpressCard, 1394, media reader

  • 1.3 megapixel camera

  • Dolby Home Theater sound: four speakers + subwoofer

  • 15.6 x 11.2 x 1-1.5-inches, 7.9 pounds

  • Starts at $1,200.

U110 (the rest of the specs are still pending)

  • 11-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) CCFL display

  • 0.7-inches thick, 2.3-pounds

Click on for the rest on the Y510; gallery below.

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