Lenovo is coming on strong in the world of Windows 8. The company just announced several new devices including the IdeaPad Z laptops and U series ultrabooks, Erazer X700, an All-In-One PC and a pair of ThinkPad laptops. All these devices have one thing in common: touchscreens.
IdeaPad Z400 & Z500 Laptops
The IdeaPad Z400 & Z500 are the latest in Lenovo’s Z series. These laptops will feature Windows 8, 10 point touch, Dobly Home Theater v4 audio and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. In addition, Intel’s Core i7 processors, 16 GB DDR3 memory and up to 1 TB HDD storage will be under the hood. The Z400 features a display of 14 inches and weighs 5.3 pounds while the Z500 sports a 15.6 inch and weighs 5.7 pounds.
THe ports include: 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 2-in-1 card reader and HDMI output. The Z series targets the home entertainment enthusiast who always wants a nice widescreen and quality sound. The Z400 will be available in March for $699 and up and the Z500 will arrive in April for the same price.
IdeaPad U310 & U410 Ultrabooks
The IdeaPad U310 & U410 aim to please the ultrabook market with their 18mm thin bodies and “extended battery life.” These devices feature Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Windows 8. The U series also boasts a one second instant resume and 10 point touch. The U310 can have up to 4 GB DDR3 memory while the U410 can have 8 GB DDR3 memory.
Ports include: 2 in1 card reader 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 for the U410 touch, 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 for U310 touch. The IdeaPad U310 will be on sale for $779 in March, while the U410 will come on the scene in April for $850.
Erazer X700 Gaming Device
The time has come for gamers interested in a device that can really game at home. The desktop PC focuses on features that are key to gamers: memory, audio and graphics quality. The Erazer comes with 32 GB memory, 16 GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Cross Fire X1, up to dual AMD Radeon HD and the newest Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor.
The device can also connect to up to 6 monitors and is specialized with a one key overclock feature so as to not overheat. The ports include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and a 9 in 1 card reader. The Erazer X700 will be out come June, starting at $1,499.
IdeaCenter A730 & C540 All-In-One PC’s
Lenovo also tapped into the family home PC tradition with two new All-In-One’s: the A730 & the C540. The A730 comes with Intel’s 3rd generation processors and two display resolution choices. The display is always 27 inches diagonally with 10 point multi-touch, but it can have either the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 or the Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. It can be viewed from -5 degrees to 90 degrees easily. It also has up to 1TB HDD storage or 1TB SSHD storage with 8GB SSD cache.
Its brother the C540 comes with the 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, but its touchscreen in optional and the LED display is somewhat more compact at 23 inches. It also includes 8 GB DDR3 memory, up to 2 TB storage and the Lenovo Education Portal for children. The ports include USB 2.0, 6 in 1 card reader and HDMI out.
The IdeaCentre A730 will be arriving in June for $1,499 and up. The IdeaCentre C540 will be here in February with the non‐touch starting at $549. Touch models will be for sale in June.
ThinkPad Edge E431 & E531 Laptops
Lenovo’s line-up also features lower cost laptop options: the ThinkPad Edge E431 & E531. These laptops have full HD screens, Windows 8 and a five button clickpad. They feature Lenovo’s OneLink which cuts down the number of cords to one when you’re trying to connect your laptop to another device or your TV.
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 will be on the market in May for $539 and up.