Lenovo Updates Consumer PC Lineup: Notebooks And Desktops See Upgrades

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We hope you're ready to dig through the details, because if you're in the market for a new Lenovo, the company has no fewer than ten new models to choose from starting today. Just about the entire consumer lineup is being refreshed, including a revamped version of the Z-Series, U-Series, IdeaCentre all-in-one and the H-Series of low-cost all-in-one PCs.

The Z-Series kicks things off, with these bargian-priced multi-media notebooks (Z360, Z560 and Z565) bringing a nice balance of power, size and value. The machines come with a 13.3" or 15.6" display, an optional Blu-ray drive, Intel's new Core 2010 processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce graphics. The Z565 in particular will be offered with AMD equipment (Phenom II CPUs and ATI graphics).


The IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s all cater to the fashion crowd, just like this range has in the past. These will be ultra-portable in design, with long battery life being a critical aspect of performance. Users will also notice a "textured aluminum" top, with the 14" U460 and U460s weighing just 3.8lbs. and being available with up to a Core i7 CPU. Another new thing here is the availability of an Ultra-Low-Voltage version of the Core i7 in the U160 and U460s, with the former weighing just 2.9lbs. and being just 0.9" thick at the thickest point. Each U-Series machine ships with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Light Sensor, Active Protection System and data recovery tools.

Moving over to the desktop side, the A700 and B305 all-in-one systems offer fully functional machines at a low price, meant mostly for Web surfers and casual computing users who don't need loads of horsepower. The IdeaCentre A700 is a super-slim option with a 23" Full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, DirectX 11 graphics support, a 3-in-1 mouse, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and a hard drive with up to 2TB of space. The IdeaCentre B305 goes AMD with a Phenom II X4 quad-core processor, and it also features a 21.5" display. Both units feature touch panels, 5-in-1 media card slots, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and rear/side mounted USB ports.


Another IdeaCentre PC getting updated is the Q150, which maintains a small stature for living room use, but now comes with a VESA mount, optional NVIDIA Ion graphics, an onboard HDMI output, and an optional multimedia remote with an integrated trackball mouse and mini keyboard for couch-surfing.

Finally, the low-end H320 is getting an update as well, rocking a standard mini-tower form factor but offering Core 2010 Intel CPU options, up to 8GB of RAM, and a lower-than-expected price point.

All of the PCs will be available through www.lenovo.com. The IdeaPad Z360, Z560 and Z565 are available beginning in June. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) for the Z360, Z560 and Z565 will start at $649. The IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s are available beginning in June and will start at  $699. The IdeaCentre A700 will be available beginning at the end of June and will start at $999. The IdeaCentre B305 will be available beginning in June and start at $699. The IdeaCentre Q150 will be available beginning at the end of June and will start at $249. The Lenovo H320 will be available beginning at the end of June and start at $549.


Lenovo’s Expanded Line of Consumer PCs Beg the Question: “What’s Your Idea of Fun?”
 Consumers Find their Perfect PC Match with Lenovo’s Latest Laptop, Desktop and All-in-One Offerings  
 
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – May 11, 2010: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today
expanded its lineup of consumer laptop, desktop, all-in-one (AIO) and nettop PCs with exciting new
designs and technologies that make computing more enjoyable and affordable.
 
Lenovo’s latest IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs offer something for everyone, with clever features that
inspire fun and creativity, and a complete range of form factors and designs that fit specific consumer
needs. The new models include the IdeaPad Z series affordable multimedia notebooks – Z360, Z560 and
Z565 - and the IdeaPad U series ultraportables – U160, U460 and U460s. Also announced are the
IdeaCentre A700 stylish multimedia AIO, and the IdeaCentre B305 mainstream performance AIO.
Alongside this expanded portfolio of all-in-ones come the IdeaCentre Q150 – an ultra-thin nettop PC, and
the Lenovo H320 affordable slim tower desktop PC.
 
“In the less than three years since Lenovo launched its worldwide Idea brand of PCs, we have expanded
our consumer footprint to more than 85 countries, firmly establishing our presence in the consumer PC
market," said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Lenovo. "Lenovo's consumer business
recently achieved 89% year over year growth, outpacing the competition. The latest additions to the Idea
portfolio demonstrate Lenovo’s commitment to leading the consumer market with stylish, feature-packed
PCs that make computing more fun and enjoyable for all.”
 


Style and Entertainment To Go
Lenovo’s latest IdeaPad laptop PCs, the Z series and U series, are designed for consumers whose idea
of fun is living life on the go and desire a laptop with features that can keep up with their exciting lifestyle.  
 
The most recent addition to the IdeaPad family, the Z series, brings mobile multimedia to the masses
through a rich, enjoyable entertainment experience at a competitive price point. Starting at just $649, the
new Z series is an affordable laptop that comes across as a high-end luxury device, with its fashionable
chiclet keyboard encased in a modern hairline, metallic effect cover panel. Users will enjoy watching their
favorite movies on the new Z series with its high-definition (HD), 16:9 format widescreen (available in 13.3
and 15.6-inch models), optional Blu-ray Disc™ drive, and Dolby® Advanced Audio for a stunning audio
experience. With OneKey™ Theater II, optimized audio-visual settings are enabled at the press of a
button, making the Z series great for videos and multimedia content. The IdeaPad Z360 and Z560 are
available with the all new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, while
the IdeaPad Z565 is offered with up to AMD Phenom™ II processors and integrated ATI Mobility
Radeon™ graphics.   
 
Sleek and stylish, the IdeaPad U series caters to the fashionista in all of us. Each of the new models – the
IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s – offer ultra-portable, light designs and long battery life to allow travel-
loving consumers to stay entertained and in touch no matter where life takes them. The clean and
sophisticated appearance of the redesigned U series is made possible by its “U” shaped outline inspired
by a closed book lying on its side, while its textured aluminum top cover adds a further touch of style and
class to its elegant design.  
 
Measuring less than one inch thick and 3.8 pounds, the 14 inch U460 and U460s can be configured with
up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for impressive performance in a
thin and light design. The U460 features a standard voltage processor, while the U460s and U160 come
with ultra-low voltage processors for even longer battery life and lower power consumption. The U160
weighs in at a mere 2.9 pounds and 0.9 inches at its thinnest point.
 
For staying connected to friends and family while on the move, the U series comes with integrated Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth connectivity, and a range of user-care features including an Ambient Light Sensor, Active
Protection System and data recovery tools.


 
Expanded All-in-One Portfolio
Lenovo’s latest A700 and B305 all-in-one PCs are perfect for individuals or families that enjoy the
powerful performance of traditional desktop PCs but desire the fun features of an AIO design such as
touch screen capabilities, HD monitor and a streamlined appearance.  
 
The IdeaCentre A700 is a stylish, ultra-slim AIO PC that packs the latest processor and graphics into a
curvaceous aluminum body measuring merely 0.8 inches at its thinnest point and only 2.5 inches at its
thickest. The A700 includes just about every home entertainment feature you can think of, beginning with
a 23 inch Full HD widescreen, up to Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology,
HDMI in/out support for connecting to other HD devices such as a TV or gaming console, JBL designed
speakers with Dolby® Home Theater™ and the latest DirectX® 11 graphics. The A700 also features a
unique 3-in-1 mouse1 that functions as a standard mouse, air mouse/pointer and motion-drive games
controller.  For faster, more responsive application performance, the A700 can be configured with up to
8GB DDR3 memory and up to 2TB of storage so users don’t have to worry about running out of hard
drive capacity when saving their favorite movies, music and games.
 
Those who are seeking high-performance gaming and family entertainment can turn to the IdeaCentre
B305, which delivers compact performance with up to AMD Athlon™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor.
Available in a 21.5 inch widescreen form factor, the B305 offers Full HD resolution video playback and
optional DirectX 11 graphics. The B305 also features LED Panel Technology, providing a greater
dynamic contrast ratio compared with standard LED-backlit screens, for clearer, sharper images and
richer colors.
 
Lenovo is for the first time introducing touch screen capabilities on the IdeaCentre A series and B series
all-in-one models, with select A700 and B305 configurations offering Lenovo NaturalTouch fingertip touch
screen technology, and a suite of touch-enabled multimedia applications developed to enhance the touch
screen experience. The A700 is the world’s first PC to utilize Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) touch screen
technology, as used in certain medical applications, for the most reliable and responsive touch
experience.
 
The IdeaCentre A700 and B305 feature the unique Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification that
delivers an optimized boot and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system
maintenance tools. Each of the new IdeaCentre A series and B series models include 5-in-1 media card
readers and side and rear mounted USB ports. The new all-in-one models also include integrated high-
speed 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Lenovo Rescue System software to quickly and easily recover data if a
document is lost or becomes corrupt.
 
Ultra-Thin Nettop PC
If your idea of fun is tricking out your living room entertainment center, then the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150
is the perfect solution. At just 0.82 inches wide and 6.7 inches high, the Q150 enhances the living room
entertainment experience and can fit into just about any small space in the home. The Q150 is an
affordable nettop PC that can be connected to a TV or monitor, or even mounted behind with the VESA
bracket to create a virtual all-in-one. Featuring an optional NVIDIA® ION™ 512MB graphics processor,
which delivers smooth Full HD (1080p) video via the onboard HDMI output, the IdeaCentre Q150 is a
great way to enjoy internet video in your living room. The IdeaCentre Q150 also features an optional
multimedia remote with an integrated trackball mouse and mini keyboard for convenient multi-tasking of
e-mails, web browsing and video playback all on a single device.
 
An Essential PC for Work and Play
Lenovo today also updated its essential brand of affordable home computers with the introduction of
Lenovo’s first slim tower desktop PC, the H320. Lenovo’s essential family of laptop and desktop PCs are
intended for consumers who want the latest technology, including multimedia and security features, for
use at the office or while relaxing at home.
 
The latest generation of Lenovo H series desktop PCs can meet the computing needs of just about any
family member whether it is for work, play or education. The H320 presents a purposely slim and compact
form factor, around half the size of standard desktop computer2. With the capabilities of a larger traditional
desktop, the H320 boasts powerful performance with the all new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family,
and up to 8GB of memory on select models.
 
The H320 is equipped with user care features like Lenovo Eye Distance System3 which alerts you if you
are too close to the screen, and Lenovo Dynamic Brightness3, which protects your eyes by automatically
adjusting screen brightness based on surrounding light conditions. These features require a compatible
Lenovo monitor such as the L2361p.  
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realneil replied on Tue, May 11 2010 9:24 AM

Lenovo/IBM is usually a quality computer. They don't have tons of whistles and bells, but they work well and last for a very long time. I used to buy Laptops that were 2 years old from a leasing company once they were returned after the lease to corporations had expired. The PC had already been paid for during the lease, so the leasing company sold them for pennies on the dollar just to clear them out. I bought them cheap in lots of 25, and sold them for a tidy profit. In 8 years of selling them, only one failed in the year I gave as a warranty to my customers.

Yeah, I like Lenovo.

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