Lenovo Launches IdeaPad Range

Consumers don't want ThinkPads.

Having perhaps jumped the gun slightly yesterday, dishing the details on the Lenovo IdeaPad U110, Lenovo’s ‘official’ unveiling of the IdeaPad brand is just a tad anticlimactic. The U110 isn’t the only system falling under the IdeaPad brand, though, as there are two other systems too – the Y510 and Y710. So what do they bring to the table?

The Y510 features a 15.4in 1,280 x 800 screen, with either a glossy or anti-glare coating, which is a disappointing resolution in my opinion, though weirdly, many seem to disagree. Processor options are either a 1.73GHz T2370 with 1MB of L2 cache on a 533MHz FSB or a 1.83GHz T5550 with 2MB of L2 cache on a 667MHz FSB.

Graphics power comes in the form of either an Intel integrated X3100 or a 256MB nVidia 8600 GTS, which should serve just about anyone’s requirements from a notebook. Hard drive options scale from 120GB to 250GB and, depending on configuration, either 2GB or 4GB of DDR2 RAM is fitted.

The Y710 ups the screen size to 17in with a choice of resolutions; either 1,440 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,200. Processor options are also improved, including the 1.83 T5500, 2.1GHz T8100 and for the rich the 2.8GHz X9000. Incidentally, the system sporting the latter processor also packs a Blu-ray drive.

The base Y710 only has 2GB of RAM but the other two options have 4GB, while all three systems have 250GB hard drives and 256MB AMD ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT’s.

In the US, Lenovo is asking for $699 (£350) for the base spec Y510, ranging to $1,099 (£550) for the fully-fitted version. The Y710 is priced from $1,049 (£530) to $2,999 (£1,500) depending on spec. UK pricing isn’t known yet but we do have it on good authority that PC World is set to be the exclusive reseller this side of the pond – including the U110. Given the consumer-orientated slant of the IdeaPad range, that could prove to be good decision by Lenovo.

Lenovo press release.

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