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Lenovo Expands Line of Consumer PCs
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May 13, 2010
Lenovo announces it s new line of consumer laptop, desktop, all-in-one (AIO) and nettop PCs with
exciting new designs and technologies.
Lenovo’s latest IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs offer clever features that inspire fun and creativity, and a
complete range of form factors and designs that fit specific consumer needs. The new models include
the IdeaPad Z series affordable multimedia notebooks – Z360, Z560 and Z565 - and the IdeaPad U
series ultraportables – U160, U460 and U460s. Also announced are the IdeaCentre A700 stylish
multimedia AIO, and the IdeaCentre B305 mainstream performance AIO. Alongside this expanded
portfolio of all-in-ones come the IdeaCentre Q150 – an ultra-thin nettop PC, and the Lenovo H320
affordable slim tower desktop PC.
“In the less than three years since Lenovo launched its worldwide Idea brand of PCs, we have
expanded our consumer footprint to more than 85 countries, firmly establishing our presence in the
consumer PC market," said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Lenovo. "Lenovo's
consumer business recently achieved 89 percent year-over-year growth, outpacing the competition. The
latest additions to the Idea portfolio demonstrate Lenovo’s commitment to leading the consumer market
with stylish, feature-packed PCs that make computing more fun for all.”
Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptop PCs, the Z series and U series, are designed for consumers whose idea of fun
is living life on the go and desire a laptop with features that can keep up with their exciting lifestyle.
The most recent addition to the IdeaPad family, the Z series, brings mobile multimedia to the masses
through a rich, enjoyable entertainment experience at a competitive price point. Starting at just $649,
the new Z series is an affordable laptop that comes across as a high-end luxury device, with its
fashionable chiclet keyboard encased in a modern hairline and metallic effect cover panel. Users will
enjoy watching their favorite movies on the new Z series with its high-definition (HD), 16:9 format
widescreen (available in 13.3 and 15.6-inch models), optional Blu-ray Disc™ drive, and Dolby®
Advanced Audio for a stunning audio experience. With OneKey™ Theater II, optimized audio-visual
settings are enabled at the press of a button, making the Z series great for enjoying videos and
multimedia content. The IdeaPad Z360 and Z560 are available with the all new 2010 Intel® Core™
processor family and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, while the IdeaPad Z565 is offered with up to
AMD Phenom™ II processors and integrated ATI Mobility Radeon™ graphics.
Sleek and stylish, the IdeaPad U series caters to the fashionista in all of us. Each of the new models –
the IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s – offer ultra-portable, light designs and long battery life to allow
travel-loving consumers to stay entertained and in touch no matter where life takes them. The clean and
sophisticated appearance of the redesigned U series is made possible by its “U” shaped outline inspired
by a closed book lying on its side, while its textured aluminum top cover adds a further touch of style
and class to its elegant design.
Measuring less than one-inch thick and 3.8 pounds, the 14-inch U460 and U460s can be configured
with up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for impressive
performance in a thin and light design. The U460 features a standard volt processor, while the U460s
and U160 come with ultra-low volt processors for even longer battery life and lower power
consumption. The U160 weighs a mere 2.9 pounds and is 0.9 inches at its thinnest point.
For staying connected to friends and family while on the move, the U series comes with integrated Wi-
Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a range of features, including an Ambient Light Sensor, Active
Protection System and data recovery tools that make these PCs easy and comfortable to use.
Lenovo’s latest A700 and B305 AIO PCs are perfect for individuals or families that enjoy the powerful
performance of traditional desktop PCs but desire the fun and useful features of an AIO design such as
touch screen capabilities, HD monitor and a streamlined appearance.
The IdeaCentre A700 is a stylish, ultra-slim AIO that packs the latest processor and graphics into a
curvaceous aluminum body, measuring merely 0.8 inches at its thinnest point and only 2.5 inches at its
thickest. The A700 includes just about every home entertainment feature you can think of, beginning
with a 23-inch Full HD widescreen, up to Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost
Technology, HDMI in/out support for connecting to other HD devices such as a TV or gaming console,
JBL designed speakers with Dolby® Home Theater™ and the latest DirectX® 11 graphics. The A700
also features a unique 3-in-1 mouse1 that functions as a standard mouse, air mouse/pointer and motion-
drive games controller. For faster, more responsive application performance, the A700 can be
configured with up to 8GB DDR3 memory and up to 2TB of storage so users don’t have to worry about
running out of hard drive capacity when saving their favorite movies, music and games.
Those who are seeking high-performance gaming and family entertainment can turn to the IdeaCentre
B305, which delivers compact performance with up to AMD Athlon™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor.
Available in a 21.5-inch widescreen form factor, the B305 offers Full HD resolution video playback
and optional DirectX 11 graphics. The B305 also features LED Panel Technology, providing a greater
dynamic contrast ratio compared with standard LED-backlit screens, for clearer, sharper images and
Lenovo is for the first time introducing touch screen capabilities on the IdeaCentre A series and B
series all-in-one models, with select A700 and B305 configurations offering Lenovo NaturalTouch
fingertip touch screen technology, and a suite of touch-enabled multimedia applications developed to
enhance the touch screen experience. The A700 is the world’s first PC to utilize Surface Acoustic Wave
(SAW) touch screen technology, as used in certain medical applications, for the most reliable and
responsive touch experience.
The IdeaCentre A700 and B305 feature the unique Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification that
delivers an optimized boot and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system
maintenance tools. Each of the new IdeaCentre A series and B series models include 6-in-1 media card
readers and side and rear mounted USB ports. The new all-in-one models also include integrated high-
speed 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Lenovo Rescue System software to quickly and easily recover data if a
document is lost or becomes corrupt.
If your idea of fun is tricking out your living room entertainment center, then the Lenovo IdeaCentre
Q150 is the perfect solution. At just 0.82 inches wide and 6.7 inches high, the Q150 enhances the living
room entertainment experience and can fit into just about any small space in the home. The Q150 is an
affordable nettop PC that can be connected to a TV or monitor, or even mounted behind with the VESA
bracket to create a virtual all-in-one. Featuring an optional NVIDIA® ION™ 512MB graphics
processor, which delivers smooth Full HD (1080p) video via the onboard HDMI output, the IdeaCentre
Q150 is a great way to enjoy Internet video in your living room. The IdeaCentre Q150 also features an
optional multimedia remote with an integrated trackball mouse and mini keyboard to make it easy to
multi-task between e-mails, Web browsing and video playback on a single device.
Lenovo also has updated its essential brand of affordable home computers with the introduction of
Lenovo’s first slim tower desktop PC,the H320. Lenovo’s essential family of laptop and desktop PCs
are intended for consumers who want the latest technology, including multimedia and security features,
for use at the office or while relaxing at home.
The latest generation of Lenovo H series desktop PCs can meet the computing needs of just about any
family member whether it is for work, play or education. The H320 presents a purposely slim and
compact form factor, around half the size of standard desktop computer2. With the capabilities of a
larger traditional desktop, the H320 boasts powerful performance with the all new 2010 Intel® Core™
processor family, and up to 8GB of memory on select models.
The H320 is equipped with user care features like Lenovo Eye Distance System which alerts you if you
are too close to the screen, and Lenovo Dynamic Brightness, which protects your eyes by automatically
adjusting screen brightness based on surrounding light conditions. These features require a compatible
Lenovo monitor such as the L2361p.
All of the PCs will be available through www.lenovo.com. The IdeaPad Z360, Z560 and Z565 are
available beginning in June. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) for the Z360, Z560 and
Z565 will start at $649. The IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s are available beginning in June and will
start at $699. The IdeaCentre A700 will be available beginning at the end of June and will start at $999.
The IdeaCentre B305 will be available beginning in June and start at $699. The IdeaCentre Q150 will
be available beginning at the end of June and will start at $249. The Lenovo H320 will be available
beginning at the end of June and start at $549.