Lenovo are hitting CES hard and fast this year and up to about a month before CES the company has been briefing us on some of the exciting new products that will be making an appearance. There are three main areas; the new ThinkPad Edge Laptops, IdeaPad Notebooks and IdeaCenter All in One unit.
First up, we've got the ThinkPad Edge which is getting two new models; the E220 and E420. Both models will carry the standard Lenovo goodies which include the ThinkPad keyboard, Trackpoint and touchpad, along with the ThinkVantage Technologies suite.
In addition to the standard features, the new E220 and E420 will focus on a premium design with new extras including infinity displays offering a TV-like appearance, magnesium / aluminium construction and real metal accents.
The E220 is less than 1" thick and carries with it a weight of less than 3.5 pounds. The E420 comes in slightly thicker at just over 1" and a little heavier at four pounds. Both models will support the i3, i5 and i7 line-up of Intel processors and feature Lenovos Enhanced Experience 2.0 which we'll cover more later on.
While the emphasis on the new ThinkPads is business, features like Dolby Home Theatre audio and HDMI mean that you're also able to enjoy both music and movies, be it on the ThinkPad or on an external device using the HDMI port.
Available at the start off April, the E220 and E420 will start at $899 US and $749 US respectively.
If you feel like taking the suit off and moving onto something that offers style in a louder sense, the IdeaPad is probably for you with a huge line-up of different models. The S series starting at $329.99 US and due for release in March 2011 offers everything the person looking for internet on the go needs.
The S205 packs an 11.6" screen, AccuType Chiclet keyboard and has optional integrated 3G and long battery life. The S100 comes in at 10.1" and weighs less than 2.2 points. Available in a wide range of colors including red, fuchsia, sky blue and black, the chances are there's a color to suit your style.
Moving up in price, the B series is due in April and starts at $499. Lenovo say it's the Essential PC for Work and Play. Using up to a 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor and featuring both Windows 7 Professional and Lenovo Enhanced Experience with RapidBoot technology, the B570 and B470 has both work and play in mind.
If you want to spend a bit more you can move to the V Series of laptops which will see the V570, V470 and V370 launching in April with a starting price tag of $499 US. Lenovo say that the V series is for people who want to Work Smarter and Faster. Features including an aluminium case and cover and thin 21mm design are the cosmetic advantages the new V series IdeaPads bring.
Like the E series ThinkPads, the V series will include the new Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0. Also included are a number of security features including OneKey Rescue System for quick data backup and recovery along with the Lenovo Security Suite which consists of a number of security tools that help encrypt your data, protecting it from other users. If that wasn't enough, we've also got a biometric fingerprint reader and USB Port Locker that prevents unauthorized access to the USB ports. Maybe Lenovo should think about calling this the FortKnox series.
At $899 US the Y Series dubbed High Performance Mobile Entertainment is seeing three new offerings; the Y570d, T570 and Y470. We're fairly sure the d doesn't stand for diesel powered.
All three new models include Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0. The Y470 and Y570 also have the option to support Lenovo RapidDrive SSD to help make boot times and general usage even faster. The CPU line-up goes to the Intel Core i7 and video is offered with options including the NVIDIA GT 550M 1GB to help make for an optimized on-the-go multimedia experience.
Also featured is OneKey Theatre II which automatically maximizes advanced audio-visual settings thanks to SRS Premium Sound and JBL designed speakers. If you want to kick it up another dimension, the Y570d offers 3D Vision compatibility from NVIDIA. With a flick of a switch you can enjoy 3D content with the included glasses.
If you're looking for something that isn't portable and instead want something that can sit on your desk permanently at home, the new B520 IdeaCentre carrying a starting price of $899 US and due June 2011 might be what you're after.
Looking at what the B520 offers, it's clear that the Maximum Entertainment tag they're giving the system holds truth. With support for Intel Core i7 and a 23" Full HD multi touch display, the B520 looks the goods. Apart from this, options including 3D Vision from NVIDIA, SRS Premium Sound and 3-in-1 Mouse with motion-drive gaming and air-mouse functionality; the B520 seems like it can clearly deliver.
If the B520 seems a little expensive, the A320 starting at $699 US offering Intel Core i5 and the slimmest All in One (AIO) design at just 18.5mm deep at its thinnest point may be a good option. Carrying the same price tag, the A320 offers a 21.5" screen like the B520, but instead is also multi-touch and features Hardware TV, giving you the chance to watch HD TV on it. You can enjoy computing or TV separately at a touch of a button, or enjoy both at the same time with a picture-in-picture function. The A320 also offers an i5 Intel Core processor.
For something cheaper, the C205 at $449 US is a smaller 16.5" 16:0 single-touch display. Designed for people who are looking for an "info-tainment" PC for an area like the kitchen or other space limited area, its 720p supporting screen, web camera, microphone and integrated speakers make it a great option for chatting online and general web surfing. Unlike the other AIOs, the C205 uses a Dual Core AMD processor and discrete-class 1GB AMD HD 6310.
Wrapping everything up, we've got to quickly cover the Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 which is something we've mentioned a few times throughout the article. For Lenovos supporting EE 2.0 customers, they can start their PC on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer.
If your Lenovo also supports RapidDrive SSD, you'll be able to start your PC in less than 10 seconds. Also, thanks to SSD you'll be able to open applications two times faster. To be completely honest, you're probably not really going to feel the applications load two times faster, but moving to an SSD helps drop heat, noise and does indeed offer a certain amount of zippiness to the PC.
EE 2.0 supported Idea line PCs are optimized for multimedia with Enhanced Digital Audio and HD graphics, while Think branded PCs are optimized for businesses with robust security and rich web conferencing features. All EE 2.0 supported Lenovos will be known via a certification sticker affixed to them.
Lenovo really do have some sweet devices coming out over the coming months and hopefully we'll get a chance to take a look at some of them in more detail. The stand outs for me personally would have to be the B520 IdeaCentre with support for 3D Vision and in the laptop department the V series with some added color and the Y570d with 3D Vision support which includes 3D Glasses.
No matter what, though, the chances are there's a Lenovo within your price range and more importantly within your needs. This is thanks to so many new models launching over the coming months. Keep an eye on the front of TweakTown for more exciting launches at CES.
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