Lenovo Intros C300 Desktop, G550 / IdeaPad U350

Oh my, Lenovo -- what has gotten into you? In case a new netbook -- the planet's first with Nvidia's Ion technology, at that -- wasn't enough, the company is also introducing three more new machines today. One all-in-one PC is being launched alongside two new notebooks, both of which promise adequate power and great design for a rather affordable price.

First off, we've got the 20" desktop shown above, the IdeaCentre C300. For the longest while, those looking for an inexpensive PC were forced to buy the ugliest box known to man and put up with abysmal performance. This machine aims to change all that, arriving with a widescreen LCD, a built-in DVD burner/player, Intel's Atom 230 CPU, integrated Intel graphics, between 1GB and 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, between 160GB and 640GB of HDD space, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, a 1.3MP camera, Windows XP Home / Vista Home Basic / Vista Home Premium (your choice) and loads of connection sockets. Ready for the best part? Pricing starts at $449 when it ships in July.

Over on the notebook side, we're first looking at the IdeaPad U350, a highly stylish ultra-note with a 13.3" LED screen, a 1366 x 768 resolution, a range of ultra low voltage Intel CPUs and your choice of Intel's GMA 4500M or GMA 4500MHD graphics. There's also space for up to 8GB of DDR3-800/1066 RAM, 500GB of hard drive space and an eight cell battery with ten hours of life. The business-minded G550 looks a bit more classic, with a 15" display, Intel's Centrino 2 / Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB of DDR3-800/1066 RAM and up to 320GB of hard drive space. Both of these will ship within the next two months starting at $649 and $599, respectively.


IdeaPad U350 Laptop
  • Display: 16:9 aspect ratio, 13.3 inch LED, HD 1366 X 768
  • Processor: Intel ultra low voltage CPUs and small form factor chipsets: Intel® Core 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4G, 800 MHz, 3 MB), Intel® Pentium® SU2700 (1.3G, 800 MHz, 2 MB), and Intel® Celeron 723 (1.2G, 800 MHz, 1MB) processors. Mobile Intel® GS40 and GS45 Express Chipset.
  • Graphics: Mobile Intel® GMA 4500M and Mobile Intel® GMA 4500MHDMemory
  • Memory: Up to 8 GB DDR3 800/1066 MHz DRAM
  • Hard Drive: Up to 500 GB 5400 rpm
  • Battery Life: 10 hours with 8 cell, 5 hours with 4 cell
  • Weight: 1.6kg
  • Dimensions:328mmX228mmX17-24.9mm
  • Connectivity: Ethernet 10/100/1000m/Intel WiFi Link 5150 1 X 2 AGN, Intel WiFi Link 5100 1 X 2 AGN, non-Intel wireless b/g/Bluetooth
  • Other: 1.3 megapixel camera, ambient light sensor technology, multi-touch touchpad, Dolby Sound Room/two 1.5 watt speakers, Active Protection System, Ambient Light Sensor, VGA ports, 4-in-1 multicard reader, Dolby Headphone, VeriFace 3.5, Quick Start
  • Software: VeriFace 3.5, Vista Home Basic/Home Premium, OneKey Rescue System

Lenovo G550 Laptop
  • Display: 16:9 aspect ratio, G550 has 15-inch, G450 has 14-inch, HD LED (1366 X 768, 220 nits)
  • Processor: Intel Centrino2; Core2Duo (25w/35w PGA, 2.26 GHz-2.80, up to 6 MB, 1066 MHz)
  • Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce G105M with 512 MB DDR2 memory or Intel integrated GMA X4500
  • Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3, 800/1066 MHz DRAM
  • Hard Drive: Up to 320 GB, 5400 rpm
  • Battery Life: 5 hours with 6 cell and integrated graphics, 2.5 hours with discrete graphics
  • Weight: 2.49 – 2.55 kg
  • Dimensions: 318 X 245 X 26.5-36.2mm
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, NIC/Intel WiFi Link 5150 1X2 AGN/Intel WiFi Link 5100 1X2 AGN/Non-Intel Wireless b/g/Bluetooth (optional)
  • Optical: 12.7mm SATA Optical (DVD Rambo)
  • Other: camera, HDMI port on PM/GM platform,
  • Software: Veriface 3.5, Vista Business/Home Premium/Basic/Starter

Lenovo C300 All-in-One Desktop
  • Display: 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio (1600mm 900mm)
  • Processor: Intel Atom 230
  • Chipset: Intel 945GC chipset
  • Graphics: Intel integrated
  • Memory: 1-2 GB DDR2 667
  • Hard Drive: 160-640 GB 1 slot
  • Connectivity: Ethernet 100 MB, WiFi 802.11 abg (optional)
  • Optical: Tray in RAMBO (1 slot)
  • Other: 1.3 megapixel camera, 1394/firewire port, 6 USB, 6-in-1 multimedia card (secure digital multimedia card, XD, memory stick, memory stickpro, secure digital pro), two 2.0 audio 3 watts, 120 watt power adapter, wired USB mouse, wired PS/2 keyboard
  • Software: XP Home, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium

Thin, Light and Loaded: Lenovo Brings More Features to the Latest Slim and Affordable "Idea" PCs

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – May 25, 2009: Lenovo today announced three new PCs designed to give consumers and small-office-home-office users cool, fun-to-use and highly reliable technology with the latest capabilities at surprisingly affordable prices. The new IdeaPad U350 laptop balances thin and light design with features that provide an excellent user experience without breaking the bank. The Lenovo G550 laptop brings small-to-medium business users the essential computing performance they need with fast memory and processing and powerful graphics in a new stylish, professional design. The Lenovo C300 all-in-one desktop completes the new additions to the Lenovo "Idea" PC line with slick entertainment features, like a 20-inch screen, making it perfect for families or students.

"Users are demanding thinner and lighter PCs with enhanced connectivity and extra long battery life to fit their increasingly mobile lifestyles," said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Idea Product Group, Lenovo. "To meet this growing category for 'thinbooks', we're bringing customers products like the new IdeaPad U350 laptop, the IdeaPad S12 netbook and our recently introduced IdeaPad Y650 laptop."

IdeaPad U350 Laptop
Lenovo is pushing the envelope on design to bring consumers ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-loaded PC technology. Encased in a sophisticated sleek silver shell, the IdeaPad U350 laptop starts at 3.5 pounds and measures one inch thin1. While thin and light to the touch on the outside, Lenovo loaded the PC inside with the latest entertainment and computing features to enhance and simply users' digital worlds. A 16:9 aspect ratio high definition 13.3 inch LED panel and an HDMI connector allow users to fully enjoy watching movies or other multimedia in high definition.

The IdeaPad U350 laptop also packs in several unexpected features, such as Ambient Light Sensor which automatically adjusts the screen's brightness according to the lighting environment, reducing eye strain while preserving battery life. Also, Dolby Sound Room complements the video experience by providing a high quality surround-sound audio experience. And with VeriFace facial recognition technology, they can make their face their password for easy log in. A camera also comes in handy for video messaging or making Skype calls using the laptop's WiFi connectivity2.

The laptop's entertainment features are powered by a backbone of computing technologies, including choices of Intel® Core™2Solo and Pentium ultra low voltage processors, up to 8 GB high speed DDR3 memory and up to 500 GB of hard drive storage. These technologies help users to do more, faster, such as editing video to post on social networking sites and watching streaming video. For high reliability important to individual business users whether on the clock or off, Lenovo borrowed a component of ThinkPad laptop design with the Active Protection System. This helps protect data by temporarily stopping the hard drive if the laptop should fall. The IdeaPad U350 laptop also comes with OneKey™ Rescue System to help recover data in just a few simple steps if it becomes corrupted.

Lenovo G550 Laptop
Lenovo crafted the Lenovo G550 15.6-inch laptop to offer business professionals reliable, affordable and straightforward PC technology. The new laptop expands upon this value bringing users extra features, like style and design, making it ideal for personal computing too. The redesigned, thinner and lighter G Series laptops feature choices of either a hairline-like silver finish or a smooth and glossy slate-colored finish.

Equipped with entertainment essential including a 16:9 aspect ratio panel, DVD burner/player, users can easily display multimedia presentations at the office or watch movies at home. The laptops offer constant connectivity with WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth. They also come with VeriFace technology and built-in cameras. The G550 laptop comes equipped with a numeric keypad for ease in logging data, high speed memory, the latest Intel® Centrino®2 processor technology and choices of NVIDIA graphics.

IdeaCentre C300 All-in-One Desktop
With space for desktop computers shrinking, Lenovo's latest all-in-one IdeaCentre C300 desktop fits the requirements for even the most compact of spaces. The fold-away stand can be positioned between 12 and 40 degrees to help fit the all-in-one into the tightest nooks and crannies.

That leaves room for viewing crisp images on the large 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen or watching movies from the all-in-one's built-in DVD burner/player. They can also video message with the built-in camera. Users can even choose models that fit their lifestyle and décor with choices of red, black or white. Based on the Intel® Atom™ platform, the all-in-one provides ample computing power and performance. Since its fold-away stand and hand grip make it portable, it comes with WiFi in addition to its Ethernet connectivity. For flexibility in connection to other media and peripherals, it comes with six USB ports, a firewire port and a 6-in-1 multicard reader. For increased reliability and to keep users productive, the all-in-one also comes with the Lenovo Rescue System.

Pricing and Availability3
The IdeaPad U350 laptop will be available starting in July. The Lenovo G550 laptop will be available starting in June, and the IdeaCentre C300 all-in-one desktop will be available starting in July. The PCs will be available through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing for models starts at approximately $649, $599 and $449, respectively.