Lenovo Goes Thin-And-Light With CULV-Based 14" U450p
The 14" U450p is a perfect in-between for folks not happy with a cramped ultraportable and not able (or willing, as the case may be) to lug around a full-size 15" notebook. Boasting an expected Intel CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) platform, the machine can be ordered (and then customized) in two main flavors. The first offers up a 1.30GHz Pentium SU2700 CPU with Intel X4500 integrated graphics, Vista Home Premium, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 14" antiglare panel (1366 x 768 resolution), a traditional touchpad, 250GB 5400RPM hard drive, DVD Recordable w/ X6 Ultrabase, a 6-cell battery, Wi-Fi module and a one-year warranty for $799.
The second option ups the CPU to a Core 2 Solo SU3500 at 1.40GHz; not a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination, but a small and appreciated upgrade regardless. The $899 rig also adds an extra gigabyte of RAM, utilizes the 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium and snags a 320GB hard drive. Both machines currently show a four week lead time, so if you're in the market but have time to spare, the U450p just might fit the bill.