Lenovo's new Y, Z Series Laptops, Other Products23 Jun 2010
Lenovo India unveiled 12 new technology products in the consumer and SMB personal computing segment, ranging from laptops, desktops, all-in-one PCs, and netbooks. Apart from refreshing existing product offerings to the latest hardware offering, noteworthy product launches included the unveiling of the new Lenovo Ideapad Y460 and Lenovo Ideapad Y560 mainstream laptops, and the brand new Lenovo Z-series of laptops: the Ideapad Z460 and Lenovo Ideapad Z560 laptops. Lenovo also had on display revamped product line and new launches in the SMB (Small & Medium Business) laptops and desktops segment. The much-awaited Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-one desktop PC was also finally unveiled at a press briefing held in Bangalore, earlier today.
In the press conference, Lenovo stressed on the company's focus to target appealing products at mainstream consumer audiences -- personal computing products such as laptops and netbooks that their consumer can identify with, have fun with. Underlining Lenovo's focus on the consumer segment, Amar Babu, Managing Director, Lenovo India, had this to say, "Since the launch of Lenovo India's consumer brand four years ago, Lenovo has made significant progress. And we believe the introduction of these feature-rich products across all categories and price bands will go a long way in strengthening Lenovo's consumer product portfolio in India."
New IdeaPad Y and Z Series of Laptops
Although Lenovo had its entire consumer range of personal computers on display, we were excited by Lenovo's introduction of the new Ideapad Z and Y series of laptops. Lenovo launched two Ideapad Y series laptops: the Ideapad Y460 and Ideapad Y560, the former sporting a 14-inch screen and the later having a 15-inch screen. Compared to the 15-inch Lenovo Ideapad Y550, the new Y series laptops showed embossed screen lid with new patterns and designs. Both the laptops have new Intel Core i5-430 processors, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 500GB hard drive, and dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics card. The keyboard on the new Ideapad Y460 and Ideapad Y560 is the same as we saw on the Lenovo Ideapad Y550, and it has nice aesthetics, good onboard JBL speakers.
On the other hand, new additions were made to Lenovo's Ideapad family of laptops, the new Lenovo Ideapad Z series laptops -- the Ideapad Z460 and Ideapad Z560. Lenovo claims to offer rich entertainment options at an affordable price options with its Ideapad series of laptops, and that trend seems to continue with the new Ideapad Z460 and Ideapad Z560 laptops, respectively. The Z460 has a 14-inch form factor while the Z560 comes with a 15-inch form factor, and both the laptops run on Intel's Core i3-350M processor. Both the Ideapad Z series laptops have a brushed metal exterior and sport isolated, chiclet-styled keys on their keyboard, and they look very similar to the HP Pavilion dm3 laptop but sell at a very low price point. The Lenovo Ideapad Z series of consumer laptops come with HDMI, eSATA ports, OneKey Theater for enhanced movie experience and Lenovo Veriface face recognition. Both the laptops offer hi-performance, Lenovo claims.
New A, B, C Series Desktop All-in-Ones
Apart from the Ideapad Y and Z series laptops, Lenovo also officially unwrapped new consumer lifestyle all-in-one desktop PCs in the A, B, and C series -- Lenovo C200 (18.5-inch screen, Intel Atom D510 processor), IdeaCentre B300 (21.5-inch screen, Intel Core i3/i5 processors), Lenovo IdeaCentre A300, and Lenovo IdeaCentre B500. We have already reviewed the IdeaCentre B500, but the new IdeaCentre A300 is another lifestyle all-in-one desktop PC that Lenovo has brought to the table. The IdeaCentre A300 offers top-of-the-line computing and entertainment features in a small form factor. The A300 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and comes with a slim, 21.5-inch flexible screen, enhanced Wi-Fi, and Lenovo OneKey rescue system. Lenovo also introduced a small form factor (SFF) desktop PC in the form of the Lenovo H320 based on the Core i3-350M processor.
New Netbooks: Ideapad S10-3s (Moon and Wind)
We have already reviewed the Lenovo Ideapad S10-3 10-inch netbook, but Lenovo has refreshed it with better looking screen lid covers and branded it as the new Ideapad S10-3s netbook. Both the netbooks sport the all new Intel Atom N475 1.83-GHz processor. The netbook weighs about 1.1-kg and is just an inch thick, and offers two new distinct design options -- Ideapad S10-3s Moon (Purple night shade) and Ideapad S10-3s Wind (Pink floral design). Other interesting on the new Ideapad S10-3s netbooks include Dolby headphone technology, ergonomic full-sized keyboard, Lenovo Veriface technology, OneKey recovery, and QuickStart. The netbooks should retail for around Rs. 20,000, but there was no official comment from Lenovo on pricing of the new S10-3s netbooks.
Lenovo SMB offering: Thinkpad Edge, B460, V460, ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One
Apart from the existing Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 13-inch, Lenovo also expanded the Thinkpad Edge offering with a 14-inch and 15-inch Thinkpad Edge thin and light laptop. Lenovo also offers a choice of two colors on the Thinkpad Edge range of laptops: glossy midnight black and glossy heatwave red. Some key features on the new Thinkpad Edge 14 and 15-inch laptops include widescreen LED-backlit displays, HD stereo speakers, new spill-resistant keyboard layout, low-light sensitive camera and long battery life, Lenovo claims.
The new Lenovo B460 and V460 laptops are now offered and specifically targeted at small businesses. Some of the salient features of the 14-inch Lenovo B460 include a slim, polished profile with high-performance under the hood. It also packs some advanced features like Lenovo OneKey rescue system, VeriFace recognition, and advanced power and battery management options. The Lenovo V460 14-inch laptop, on the other hand, comes with HD-switchable graphics, fingerprint reader, and OneKey Rescue system.
And finally, Lenovo also took the wraps off the much-awaited Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One desktop PC aimed at businesses interested in a space-saving, all-in-one desktop computer. It can have either an Intel DualCore E5400 or Core 2 Duo E7500 processor. Lenovo claims it is one of the 'greenest' eco-friendly products in the business segment right now. It is also the slimmest commercial all-in-one desktop PC available currently, Lenovo said.
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