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January 8, 2012

Lenovo IdeaPads Get New Hardware, Look

Lenovo IdeaPad U410

Lenovo announced Sunday that it has polished up the latest models of its IdeaPad lineup with colorful designs and the latest Intel processors.

Lenovo is updating the IdeaPad G, U, Y, and Z model lines, adding colors and patterns in addition to a raft of new features, like new multimedia capabilities and updated Intel hardware.

The G-series, Lenovo's most affordable laptop line, will be gaining three new family members, the 14-inch G480, the 15.6-inch G580, and the 17.3-inch G780. The new models will feature HD displays, Lenovo's OneTouch backup and recovery tool, and other Lenovo technologies. The new Lenovo G Series laptops are coming this June, with prices starting at $399.

On the other end of the spectrum, Lenovo's Y-series will be adding the Y480 and Y580, two high-performance laptops in the 14- and 15-inch sizes, respectively. Designed with graphics performance in mind, the new Y-series IdeaPads will feature up to Nvidia GeForce GTX660M graphics processors with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. The Y580 also features a backlit keyboard and a nightview HD webcam for use in low light situations. Entertainment features, like Dolby Home Theatre V4 enhanced audio, Lenovo's OneKey Theater II, and WiDi 2.0 round out the feature list with great performance for gaming or entertainment. Starting at $899, the new Y-series models should arrive in stores this April.

The IdeaPad U-series, Lenovo's ultrabook and ultraportable line, is branching out beyond graphite grey and brown, adding a rainbow of options like aqua blue, cherry blossom pink, ruby red, sapphire blue, and spearmint green. The new additions to the U-series, the 13-inch U310 and the 14-inch U410, keep the slim profile at a low weight, measuring in at less than 0.7 inches thick and under 3.75 pounds. The ultrabook aesthetic continues with long-lasting battery life (Lenovo estimates more than eight hours) and the same speedy boot and resume times seen on the present Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and U400.