Today Lenovo announced an update to their ultraportable line of IdeaPad notebook computers. The three new U series notebooks have been given new flare on the outside and new power on the inside. The IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s have attractive new shells with added color options. Lenovo is marketing this series to the fashionista in all of usâ€ with their sleek and stylishâ€ design.
The U is for ultraportable and for its â€˜U’ shaped outline inspired by a closed book lying on its side.â€ The lid has a textured aluminum finish and some attractive colorful designs. The 14-inch U460 and U460s are thin at just an inch thick and weighing only 3.8 pounds. They also pack some punch with optional Core i7 processors and Intel Turbo Boost Technology.
The pair of U460 IdeaPads will have standard voltage processors but the U160 has an ultra-low voltage processor option for long battery life. It weighs only 2.9 points and is less than an inch thick at the thinnest point.
They come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and what Lenovo calls a range of user-care featuresâ€ like the Ambient Light sensor, for adjusting screen brightness to match environmental light levels, and Active Protection System, which is like an airbag for a notebook’s hard drive. It senses when it is dropped and parks the hard drive to keep it from being seriously damaged.
Detailed IdeaPad U460/U460s specs where not yet available. Here are the IdeaPad U160 specs:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic
Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
|Processor /||New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7-640UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.20GHz, 4MB Cache)
New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i7-620UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.06GHz, 4MB Cache)
New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-540UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.2GHz, 3MB Cache)
New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-520UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.06GHz, 3MB Cache)
New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-430UM processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology* (1.20GHz, 3MB Cache)
New 2010 Intel® Coreâ„¢ i3-330UM processor (1.2GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel® Pentium® processor U5400 (1.20GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel® Pentium® processor U3400 (1.06GHz, 3MB Cache)
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics with dynamic frequency|
|Memory||Up to 4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory|
|Hard drive||250GB/320GB/500GB HDD|
|Display / Resolution||11.6″ high-definition (1366×768), 16:9 widescreen|
|Removable Storage||Optional external USB DVD drive|
|Wireless Support||802.11bg/bgn WiFi, 10/100/1000M LAN, Bluetooth® (optional), WWAN (optional) – WCDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and Wireless WAN SIM card slot|
|Connections||3xUSB2.0, eSATA, 5-in-1 card reader (SD, SD pro, MMC, MS pro, XD), headphones, mic, VGA, HDMI|
|Webcam||1.3M integrated web camera|
|Power||Approx. 3.5hr with 3-cell battery
Approx. 7hr with 6-cell battery
|Memory card reader||5-in-1 card reader (SD, SD pro, MMC, MS pro, XD)|
|Audio||2.0 speakers (2*1.5W) with Dolby® Advanced Audioâ„¢ sound enhancement|
|Weight||2.76 lb (1.25kg) with 3-cell battery and HDD configuration
3.09 lb (1.4kg) with 6-cell battery and HDD configuration
|Dimension||290×22.5×190 (mm) (WxHxD)|
|Software||McAfee® VirusScan Plus, CyberLink YouCam 3.0, VeriFaceâ„¢ 3.6, Lenovo ReadyComm 5.0, OneKeyâ„¢
Rescue System 7.0, Lenovo Energy Management 5.0, Windows Live Essentials, Adobe Reader® 9.0, Lenovo
DirectShare, Microsoft® Office Professional Hybrid 2007 (not for JP), DDNi 1.x (Only for USA), IDVault (Only for
U.S.), Microsoft® Office Personal 2007 (for JP), IFilter (only for JP, backup to C: only), 3G application (for 3G),
ooVoo and Active Protection System.
* Software may vary by region. Microsoft® Office Professional Hybrid 2007 for trial version only