Photos: Is the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 the sexiest laptop ever?

The words 'stylish' and 'Lenovo' don't often appear in the same sentence, but that's about to change with the advent of the IdeaPad U110

The words 'stylish' and 'Lenovo' don't often appear in the same sentence, but that's about to change with the advent of the IdeaPad U110. It is, without doubt, one of the prettiest laptops we've ever seen, and that includes such gems as the Apple MacBook, Asus U1 and Sony Vaio TZ series .

The reasons for this are plentiful: it has a coloured, textured lid that sports an intricate floral pattern that's rough to the touch, and beautiful to the eye. This sort of thing could have gone horribly wrong, but Lenovo's designers have pulled it off in a way that should appeal to men and women alike.

Inside, there's one of the prettiest keyboards in the known universe. It's piano black, so it'll pick up more fingerprints than an entire series of CSI, but you can't help but love the look. Above it, there's a row of touch-sensitive buttons, but these have a floral appearance, so once again, it's the prettiest implementation we've ever come across.

Even the underside of the laptop is gorgeous. We'd have forgiven Lenovo for just including a bunch of holes for expelling hot air, but the designers have chosen to slap them with the pretty stick, and throw in some extra floral loveliness for good measure.

It's not just a pretty face. You get an 11-inch display, the option of a 64GB solid-state hard disk or 100GB 1.8-inch laptop drive, Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs from 1.8GHz and above, 2GB of RAM, and a webcam with face-recognition technology for logging into Windows Vista Ultimate. It'll be available from April 2008 onwards, and will have a starting price of $1,800 (£900).

We want this thing desperately. Click through for more pictures and you'll see exactly why. -Rory Reid

Further evidence of hotness can be found underneath. Notice the cute vents, the floral pattern at the top right corner of the photo, and the cute rubber feet. Laptop manufacturers take note!

The piano black keyboard is prone to picking up fingerprints, but who cares when it looks like this? The keys on the sample we tested were a tad spongy, but this'll no doubt be ironed out when the machine goes on sale in April.

The floral pattern extends to the shortcut buttons above the keyboard. Each is touch-sensitive and can be used for launching often-used applications and adjusting the system volume. It's too stylish for words, so stop reading, look at the photo, then move on to the next one.

Here we see the face-recognition technology in action. The integrated webcam analyses the shape of your face, distance between your eyes, nose and so on, and uses this data to authenticate logins. Lenovo says it's impossible to fool the system even if you grow a beard, change your hairstyle, or pull a funny expression. The system automatically locks itself when you move away from the laptop, and if anyone else tries to log in, it takes a snapshot of the potential 'hacker' so you can beat him up later.

 

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