Lenovo has delivered details on the range of IdeaPad consumer notebooks it first discussed at the beginning of the year. The four new models - the U330, Y430, Y530 and Y730 - slot in above the successful U110 and offer a range of display sizes and casing color schemes.
The U330 comes in either glossy indigo blue or ebony black, and measures just 0.9-inches thick. Powered by an Intel Centrino processor, there's also Dolby Home Theatre and touch-sensitive controls, plus an HDMI port and optional built-in DVD burner. Thanks to the LED backlight for the display and switchable discrete/onboard graphics, battery life is rated at up to 5hrs. Security is catered for by VeriFace, which uses the webcam to recognise individual faces and unlock files.
Meanwhile, the IdeaPad Y430 and Y530 notebooks are intended to fill the space vacated by the recently killed-off Lenovo 3000-series. Blu-ray drives are optional, and they carry the same security and file protection features as the rest of the IdeaPad range. Color options include black and textured-red, and the display is frameless.
Finally, the Y730 is an update to the Y710, offering gamers and power-users alike a choice of up to two 320 GB hot-swappable hard drives as well as Centrino CPUs. There's also a frameless screen, touch sensitive controls, Dolby Home Theatre, One-Key Rescue System, VeriFace facial recognition, support for HDMI and an optional Blu-Ray DVD player.
All of the new machines will be available in the Fall, priced at $699 and $949 for the IdeaPad Y430 and Y530. Lenovo are yet to announce pricing for the U330 and Y730.
Color it Orange! Lenovo Adds New Colors, Sizes and Features to IdeaPad NotebooksDebuts Four Notebooks Designed For Style, Entertainment and PerformanceRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – July 15, 2008: Lenovo today introduced four new notebooks that give customers even more ways to express themselves with more choices of color, including Valencia orange, Indigo blue and Crimson red along with unique features such as expanded facial recognition capabilities for simple and convenient log-on, one-key data recovery with Lenovo’s One-Key Rescue System, support for HDMI and optional Blu-Ray DVD players on select models for enjoying high-definition content. The announcement brings two new form factors to the line with the 13-inch widescreen IdeaPad U330 and the 14-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y430 notebook. The IdeaPad Y530 and Y730 notebooks round out Lenovo’s expanded portfolio.“From San Francisco to Paris to Singapore, customer feedback on our original IdeaPad notebooks has been exceptional,” said XX, Lenovo. “New notebook sizes, colors and features will give customers even more ways to use their computer to express themselves and their ideas.”IdeaPad U330This super-slim and light notebook adds to Lenovo’s strength in the ultraportable space, complementing the widely-acclaimed IdeaPad U110 notebook. Available in a glossy Indigo blue or Ebony black color, its thin and light frame starts at 0.9 inches and weighs in at just over four pounds. Equipped with the latest version of VeriFace™ facial recognition technology, users can use VeriFace to access encrypted files and to record a 30-second video message for others. Designed for a comprehensive multimedia experience with Dolby Home Theatre and touch-sensitive controls, the notebook comes equipped with support for HDMI and an optional built-in DVD burner.It also includes switchable graphics, allowing users to alternate between integrated and discrete to help provide maximum battery power, energy efficiency and an excellent multimedia experience. The IdeaPad U330 notebook also offers an LED backlit display, five hours of battery life and Lenovo’s Active Protection System, a feature pioneered on ThinkPad notebooks. This technology helps protect the data on the hard drive if the notebook should fall. And if the operating system should crash, users can recover their data at the touch of a button with the On-Key Rescue System.IdeaPad Y430 & Y530The IdeaPad Y430 and Y530 notebooks give customers an all around excellent computing experience. Ideal for a variety of tasks, from Internet shopping to financial planning to photo editing, these notebooks are equipped with all the features shared throughout the IdeaPad line. Available in either a black or a new red textured design, users can choose between having a frameless screen for an infinite-like viewing experience or a framed screen. The notebooks come with all the features unique to the IdeaPad line and also feature optional Blu-Ray DVD players.IdeaPad Y730Lenovo has taken its popular multimedia notebook, the IdeaPad Y710, to a new level with the IdeaPad Y730 notebook. Now models with the Game Zone function come in Valencia orange, distinguished from the mainstream models in Indigo blue. Equipped with the design and functionality shared throughout the IdeaPad line, the notebook sports a frameless screen, touch sensitive controls, Dolby Home Theatre, One-Key Rescue System, VeriFace facial recognition, support for HDMI and an optional Blu-Ray DVD player. This notebook sets the trend for style, design and high performance, with models featuring up to two 320 GB hot-swappable hard drives.All the notebooks support Intel’s latest Centrino processor technology.Pricing and AvailabilityThe notebooks will be available through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com beginning this fall. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing starts at $699 and $949 for the IdeaPad Y430 and Y530, respectively, and $XX and $XX for the IdeaPad 730 and U330 respectively.