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.
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Lenovo Unleashes New Windows 8 Touch Devices
Portfolio of consumer laptops, all-in-one desktops and companion mobile monitor
LAS VEGAS– January 6, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced its new lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized devices at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. Headlining the collection are new additions to the ultra-portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks™ and the multimedia intensive IdeaPad Z Series laptops as well as new models of IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, from the sleek and stylish A Series to the affordable and space-saving C Series.
Lenovo also introduced an extreme performance gaming desktop PC, the Lenovo Erazer X700, designed for enthusiast-level gaming and graphics-hungry applications. For small businesses, the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops introduce a unique Lenovo OneLink technology for new docking capabilities, and to complete the new range of Windows 8 touch devices, the ThinkPad Mobile Monitor makes a great companion as a second display, especially for complementing non-touch devices with touch functionality.
“People love touch. It’s everywhere in today’s PC Plus world and is driving new interactions with devices and digital content,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, and senior vice president, Lenovo. “We’ve aggressively integrated touch across our consumer PCs so that we have one of the largest portfolios of Windows 8 touch products available.”
Premier Thin and Light IdeaPad U and Mainstream Z Series
Lenovo’s signature IdeaPad U310 and U410 mainstream Ultrabook™ devices take thin and light to the next level with new 10-finger touch support. These stylishly thin and light consumer Ultrabooks™ are incredibly mobile at just 18mm thin and are ultra-responsive, waking up from sleep in just one second with Instant Resume. They come with up to a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce® graphics with DirectX® 11 and an extended battery life for all day computing.
The IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 laptops are the latest-generation of the Z Series and optimized for the Windows 8 touch-based user interface. They support 10-point touch, feature specialized stereo speakers for extra bass with Dolby Home Theatre v4 for an immersive sound experience, come with up to 3rd gen standard voltage Intel® Core™ i7 processors and include the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics technology. These laptops give consumers large 14-15.6-inch touch screen real estate to experience the full power of Windows 8. Thebacklit AccuType keyboard even lets users comfortably see what they’re typing when they’re in the dark.
Erazer X700 - Extreme Gaming with One Click
The Lenovo Erazer X700 with its eye-catching diamond-cut and cold blue lighting design caters to enthusiast-level gamers and those who run intensive multimedia applications. The desktop comes with Lenovo’s exclusive Onekey™ Overclocking feature that allows users to unleash extreme processor performance, ie, “overclock,” at the click of a button while simultaneously preventing the PC from overheating thanks to its liquid cooling system. Many similar gaming PCs require users to adjust the setting in the BIOS. Because the Erazer X700 leverages AMD Eyefinity technology, users can connect up to six monitors to enjoy a panoramic screen display and add up to 4 TB of storage without tools while the PC is still running. The desktop also comes with 32GB of memory, dual graphics support (NVIDIA® GeForce® or ATI CrossFireX™1, up to dual AMD Radeon™ HD and the latest Intel Core family of processors.
IdeaCentre A730 Slimmest 27-inch AIO1 Plus Affordable C Series AIO Desktops
The IdeaCentre A730 all-in-one desktop (AIO) combines an optional 27-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) or 27-inch Full HD (1920x1080) frameless display with 10-point multi-touch into an less-than-an-inch thin frame with a widely adjustable screen angle from -5° to 90° so people can use it comfortably in any position. The A730 supports up to Windows 8 Pro, includes choices of the 3rdgen Intel Core family of processors and features large storage options up to 1TB.
The Lenovo C540 AIO with an optional touch screen is one of the most affordable and space saving 23- inch touch AIOs for family entertainment. It bundles powerful technologies including a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics for an affordable computing solution.
ThinkPad Edge Laptops Pioneer OneLink Technology
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 are the first ThinkPad laptops to include Lenovo’s all new OneLink technology. Designed to offer simplicity through a single cable connection, the new unique interface eliminates cable clutter without compromising performance. The first device to support the new technology is the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock. Offering superior lag-free graphics and audio performance through native video with dedicated HDMI and audio ports, it can also play host to a number of accessories through four USB ports. This industry unique technology will also charge laptop and mobile devices. Lenovo plans to offer additional OneLink devices in 2013. In addition to touch functionality, the slim ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops feature improved graphics options for more vivid content on their displays up to full HD and a five-button ClickPad lets users control Windows 8 features from the keyboard.
The Wired/Wireless Mobile Touch Screen Companion
The slim and sleek ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch is Lenovo's next generation mobile monitor that offers extra screen real estate and touch functionality for users who demand more productivity on-the-go. Improving from its award winning predecessor's innovative design, the LT1423p will be available in wired or wireless editions and boasts a thin design with a 13.3 inch 1600 x 900 AH-IPS panel protected by Gorilla Glass for an incredibly wide viewing angle and offers a great Windows 8 touch experience. Consumers can even experience touch control gestures on non-touch PCs, and as an added benefit, business customers can take advantage of 10-point touch capability or adopt paper-less commercial transactions by using the electro-magnetic stylus.
To keep users up and running, Lenovo offers a full suite of services including In-Home Warranty upgrades for service at the owner’s home or business, and Accidental Damage Protection on select products to help insure against damage from accidents like drops, spills, electrical surges, or screen malfunctions. Additionally, Lenovo Premium Support’s expert technicians are available when needed with convenient over the phone or remote session support from the comfort of home.
Pricing and Availability2
The IdeaPad Z500 Touch will be available starting in April. Models start at approximately $699.
The IdeaPad Z400 Touch will be available starting in March. Models start at approximately $699.
The IdeaPad U310 Touch will be available starting in March. Models start at approximately $779.
The IdeaPad U410 Touch will be available starting in April. Models start at approximately $850.
The Lenovo Erazer X700 will be available starting in June. Models start at approximately $1,499.
The IdeaCentre A730 will be available starting this in June. Models start at approximately $1,499.
The IdeaCentre C540 will be available starting in February. Non-touch models start at approximately $549. Touch models will be available in June.
The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 will be available starting in May. Models start at approximately $539.
The ThinkPad OneLink Dock will be available starting in May. Price will be approximately $99. The ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch will be available during Q2 2013 and the price will be approximately $449.
Join Lenovo at the LVCC and the AquaKnox Restaurant in The Venetian During CES 2013
Lenovo has once again transformed the AquaKnox Restaurant located in the Venetian Hotel into the Lenovo Showcase during CES. Members of the press are invited to stop in to speak with Lenovo’s product experts and to see the company’s latest products across the Think and Idea-branded lines. Additionally, Lenovo will have a unique product showcase for press in the Central Plaza just outside of the LVCC Central Hall. Those not attending CES can experience the show through video commentary from Lenovo executives and partners in Las Vegas on LenovoVision, Lenovo’s YouTube channel. Lenovo’s CES activities will also be promoted via Twitter using the #Lenovo, #CES and #2013CES hashtags.
1Based on Lenovo competitive analysis, November 2012.
2Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company – and one of the top two PC makers globally, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, seewww.lenovo.com.
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