Microsoft could use an ally in the OEM space as it tries to push Windows 8 onto the masses, especially with companies like HP flirting with Chromebooks, and it may have found one in Lenovo. Embracing what Windows 8 has to offer, Lenovo late last night announced half a dozen touch-enabled devices, including the Lenovo Miix, a hybrid tablet/laptop with a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display.
What’s not to like about Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y500? Imagine a 2.4GHz Core i7-3630QM CPU notebook armed with two GeForce GT 650Ms, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive with a 16GB caching SSD, all for $1,250!
If the impressive specs weren’t enough, the Y500 is also quite handsome with its sharp angles, rounded corners, and brushed aluminum finish. It eschews the “extreme” gaming laptop design in favor of a simple and clean aesthetic, but a flaming-red, LED-backlit keyboard adds just enough flare to keep things interesting. Its 15.2x10.2x1.4-inch chassis also makes it much smaller and more portable than our 15.6-inch MSI GT60 zer- point laptop, and the Y500 weighs in at just six pounds, 6.8 ounces. Although it may not be Ultrabook-light, it’s lighter than the very-slim Razer Blade gaming laptop (reviewed Holiday 2012), but it’s much heftier power brick does increase its carry weight by more than a pound.
You might have forgotten all about Lenovo's IdeaPad Y580 line of laptops, which the OEM first introduced to the world way back at CES in January of this year. Well, here we are six months later and you can finally order one. Lenovo's Y580 notebooks pack a one-two punch that consists of an Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 3610QM processor (Ivy Bridge) and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660M graphics (Kepler) with 2GB of video memory.
Are Ultrabooks tablet killers? We pose that very question on the cover of this month’s print issue. The debate rages on, but Lenovo is looking to skirt the issue with a newly unveiled offering. Rather than going the Eee Pad Transformer/Slider route and sticking a keyboard on a tablet, Lenovo instead got all bendy and twisty with the IdeaPad YOGA, a touchscreen Ultrabook with a 360 degree hinge on its lid. That little design tweak lets you use the YOGA as a tablet or a notebook. Heck, you can even give it a V-shape, stand it on its end and treat it like an all-in-one.
It's a new year and Lenovo is wasting no time making the most of it. Like so many others, Lenovo's using CES as a springboard to launch several new and refreshed products, and on tap for 2012 are new laptops in the IdeaPad U Series, Y Series, S Series, and Z Series, plus new K Series desktops and space-saving B Series all-in-one (AIO) PCs.
Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a netbook by any other name would smell as sweet," or something like that. Or maybe Juliet was rambling about a rose when she was justifying her secret relationship with Romeo. In any event, Lenovo's upcoming IdeaPad S110 is a netbook even if the OEM insists on calling it a "mini notebook" instead.
Lenovo’s tablet portfolio currently contains three devices - to wit, the IdeaPad A1, IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. But according to an Engadget exclusive, the vendor has plans to expand its tablet portfolio with the addition of a dual-core 5-inch Android tablet. Hit the jump for more.
Ultrabook’s announcements have been have been fast and furious going into the holiday season, but Lenovo fans who may have balked at the X1’s inferior battery life might have something worth waiting for. According to a leaked company roadmap supplied to channel partners, Lenovo plans to offer an Ivy Bridge Thinkpad in either May or June of next year, and these puppies will be aimed directly at high end business users, as opposed to the IdeaPad’s which are targeted at consumers.
Don't fight it folks, Intel's Ultrabook revolution has already begun and is getting a boost today from Lenovo, which just unveiled three Ultrabook models. These include the IdeaPad U300s, U300, and U400. All three are luxury laptops that attempt to fuse style with performance in a new breed of notebook Intel envisions taking over the mobile computing scene.
Lenovo has started shipping its IdeaPad S205, an 11.6-inch ultraportable built around AMD's Fusion platform. The heart and soul of this system consists of AMD's E-350 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which combines a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. The S205 is the first of Lenovo's S Series announced back at CES and starts out at $499.