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Lenovo's IdeaPad idea: laptops should cost lessNew low-cost laptops don't skimp on features or design.
If you wanna spend $1,000 or so in a laptop, the world is your [UNKNOWN]. There are great many excellent choices out there. But if you wanna spend between say, 250 and $500, then the options narrow considerably. Lenovo aims to shop the bottom into the market with two new laptops [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN]. [INAUDIBLE], the consumer friendly cousin to the famous ThinkPad. The Idea Pad 330, available in 14, 15 and 17 inch versions, is on the [INAUDIBLE] of the bunch starting at 4.6 pounds and going up from there, but it's available in several cool looking colors and and can even get configured with up to an Intel, Core i7cvu and Nvidia 1050 graphics. But let's be honest for 250 bucks you're getting a Celeron processor and integrated graphics. The slightly fancier 330S for "Slim" starts at $500 and cuts the size and weight considerably while adding a better screen, aluminum lid and backlit keyboard. Lenovo also has a much more mainstream new model, the IdeaPad 530S. It gets upgraded to a three pound all aluminum body, higher res screen, and a bigger touchpad. It's 800 dollars and up, which isn't an impulse by, but less than a lot of the competition.