We’ve known that Lenovo is offering a little new laptop called the IdeaPad U110 for quite some time now. It’s an 11.1-inch widescreen display equipped notebook that’s available in two colors – red or black. But surely Lenovo realized that releasing a few other models with different specs wouldn’t hurt anyone, not to mention the sales of their laptops, right? Well, they did. And in fact, not only are they releasing a similar notebook to the IdeaPad U110, they’re expanding IdeaPad into a full range of new laptops. And the good part is that pricing starts at $699. Yes, Mr. Thrifty Consumer, I’m talking to you.
The first of the two laptops from the newly launched IdeaPad range is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510. It boasts a 15.4-inch 1,280 x 800 screen that could possibly have either glossy or anti-glare coating on it. With it, you have a choice between two processors: a 1.73GHz T2370 with 1MB of L2 cache on a 533MHz FSB or a 1.83GHz T5550 with 2MB of L2 cache on a 667MHz FSB. None of these matter to average laptop users, but power users will surely appreciate the availability of choices. The Y510 only ships with a 120GB to 250GB hard drive, 2GB or 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and either an Intel integrated X3100 or a 256MB nVidia 8600 GTS though, so if you’re really a power user you might as well consider the next model up in this range which is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y710.
With the Y710, you have a 17-inch widescreen display ala-MacBook Pro, which is available with either a 1,440 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,200 screen resolution. The Y710 itself can be custom built and your choices processors are as follows: 1.83GHz T5500, 2.1GHz T8100 or 2.8GHz X9000 (with the last one carrying a Blu-ray drive with it). The first custom build has 2GB of RAM included, while the other two have 4GB. All three systems will come with 250GB drives, by the way, and 256MB AMD ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT’s.
Ah, and now, the prices! Like I said earlier, pricing starts at $699, and that’s true, at least for the Y510. The Y510 can also be upgraded, and the price gets upgraded as well, from $699 to $1,099. Meanwhile, the Y710 will be available from $1,049 to $2,999 depending on configuration. The latter prices are a bit shocking, but for what they can do, I’ll say they are worth it.