CES 2013 | Lenovo announces touch-capable IdeaPad U310/U410/Z400/Z500 Ultrabooks
With so much emphasis on touch-sensitive controls, users without touchscreen notebooks may feel a bit abandoned when running Windows 8. There is no doubt that the new Metro UI and popup messages feel much more natural to navigate with a finger than with a mouse.
For this reason alone, Lenovo's recent reveal of an updated lineup of IdeaPad Ultrabooks outfitted with full 10-finger touch support can potentially draw in buyers who may be on the fence about Microsoft's latest OS. Specifically, the IdeaPad U310, U410, and the Z400/Z500 series will be re-released as "Touch" models. No major changes are expected on the chassis themselves, which is absolutely fine as we found the looks and feel of the U310 and U410 to be very good for the price in our full reviews.
The U310 ($779), U410 ($850), Z400 ($699), and Z500 ($699) will be made available by April at the latest. The affordable prices should make these notebooks more attractive to a wider consumer base compared to the relatively more expensive Yoga 13 ($999), Lenovo's other recently released touchscreen notebook.