Windows 7 may have launched last week, but the Windows 7 party is just starting for companies like Lenovo. Their webcast today announced a variety of new desktops and laptops--most notably, high-end Core i7 consumer laptop as well as an expansion of their ultraportable U line of thin-and-light notebooks.
Are $1,000-plus consumer notebooks a smart move in this economy? Lenovo will find out, as the company releases its first Core i7 consumer laptop, the IdeaPad Y550P. A high-end multimedia/gaming laptop set to compete at the high end of the laptop market, it will have a 15.6-inch 16x9 1,366x768 screen, an optional Blu-ray drive, and according to Lenovo will start around $1399.
The IdeaPad U350 was a system we really liked the look and feel of when we reviewed it, but were let down by its single-core ultralow-voltage processor. In addition to upgrading the U350 configs to include a Core 2 Duo ultralow-voltage processor, new 11.6-inch (U150) and 15-inch (U550) laptops round out the lineup.
The IdeaPad U150, starting around $585 and only 2.98 pounds with a three-cell battery, will be an interesting alternative to their Netbook lineup of S notebooks such as the IdeaPad S10-2 and S12. The U150 will have an ultra low voltage processor up to Core 2 Duo, as well as discrete/integrated switchable graphics.
The IdeaPad U550 resembles the size and function of a MacBook, and includes an integrated optical drive, making it a bit of a hybrid thin-and-light/mainstream laptop. It also has both integrated and discrete graphics (an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330), and starts at $650.
There are also a number of wild and wacky new colors for Lenovo's IdeaPad S10-2 lineup of Netbooks. Check out the gallery below for the rainbow explosion of designs.
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