Lenovo's New All-In-One Desktop, IdeaPad Laptops
Lenovo unveiled today three new IdeaPad laptops, along with its very first all-in-one desktop, the IdeaCenter A600.
The new multimedia-centric IdeaCentre A600 features a frameless 21.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an optional ATI Radeon graphics card, up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory and up to 1 TB of hard drive space. The system also includes WiFi, a 6-in-1 media card reader, a webcam with facial recognition technology, optional Blu-ray, optional hybrid TV tuner, an optional 4-in-1 remote controller and side-mounted USB and FireWire ports. The remote controller can be used as a VOIP handset, a media center/TV remote or as an “air mouse” that can be used to control the screen's cursor or to play games. The IdeaCenter A600 has a starting price of $999 and it will be available starting in April.
As for the new IdeaPad laptops, Lenovo expanded its Y-series line-up of laptops with the introduction of the 16-inch Y650, the 15.6-inch Y550 and the 14-inch Y450. All three of the new laptops feature glossy 16:9 aspect ratio displays and are configurable with up to 500 GB of hard drive storage space, up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory, optional Bluetooth and optional Nvidia-based graphics. The new laptops also include Lenovo's OneKey Theater software, Lenovo's Desktop Navigator software, Lenovo's VeriFace facial recognition software and a multi-touch touchpad that can be used for resizing images.
Standing apart from the other two laptops though, the IdeaPad Y650 is equipped with a carbon fiber shell and it is claimed to be one of the thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptops, weighing in at just 5.6-pounds. The IdeaPad Y650 also comes with JBL speakers and an ambient light sensor that can automatically adjust the screen's brightness based on the surrounding light levels. The IdeaPad Y550 and Y450 on the other hand weighs in at 6.0-pounds and 4.6-pounds, respectively, and have a screen resolution of 1366 x 768.
The new laptops will be available beginning in March, with the IdeaPad Y650 starting at $1,199 and with the IdeaPad Y550 and Y450 starting at $829. Expect more product details to appear later on this week as we begin our hands-on coverage of CES 2009.