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‘U’ Stands For Unique And Ultraportable…

..Or at least, that is what Lenovo claims it is supposed to mean. The Chinese OEM has just announced some new additions to its U-series line of ultraportable notebooks targeted at users who want to make their computing experience a little more ‘fun’. And with Christmas coming right up, it might not be a bad idea to invest in some ‘fun’.

The demand for greater mobility while computing on the move is a never-ending struggle as OEMs constantly attempt to outdo their competitors by offering thinner notebooks without skimping on performance and battery life. And with consumers driving the demand for notebooks which are now so thin they make mainstream laptops look like ancient, overweight bricks, OEMs have become hard-pressed to offer consumers more than just physical dimensions.

The result? Win the consumers with chic, elegant designs and eye-catching colours. Which is clearly what Lenovo has gone and done with its new U-series of IdeaPad notebooks, which promise to make computing more fun for the average consumer.

Lenovo IdeaPad U260

This notebook is undoubtedly the star of the new machines Lenovo is announcing, and it shows. According to the compant, the IdeaPad U260 is the “world’s first 12.5inch ultraportable slimbook laptop, weighing in at less than 1.4kg and having a maximum thickness of only slightly over half an inch. This means that users do not have to worry about having to hit the gym to build up arm strength just to carry the U-260 around.

In addition to its physical dimensions, Lenovo also claims that the U260 is designed for “the fashionista in everyone”: the notebook’s outer shell comprises of “premium materials”, while the palmrest area is leather-patterned and a glass trackpad completes the overall elegant look-and-feel of the notebook.

The hardware is anything but slim though: the CPU powering the U260 hails from low-voltage Intel Core iX series, with users having a choice of having up to an i7 processor. In addition, Lenovo is also offering consumers a choice of either a 320GB hard disk or a 128GB SSD for faster data access. Last but not least, the U260 is also bundled with 4GB of memory (DDR3), so the U-260 is a notebook that has both the looks and brawn needed to attract consumers.

Lenovo IdeaPad U165

For those who feel that even a 12-inch screen does not offer the kind of portability needed for computing while on the move, Lenovo’s new IdeaPad U165 with its 11.6-inch screen will probably be just the thing such users will be looking out for.

However, unlike most notebooks available in the market today, the U-165 ditches the widely-used Intel processors in favor of chips from AMD instead, with a single-core AMD Turion II Neo processor providing the U165 with its processing power.

Lenovo IdeaPad U460

Measuring less than one-inch thin and weighing 1.8 kg, the 14-inch IdeaPad U460 combines an ultraportable form factor endowed with long battery life. Its textured aluminum top cover adds a further touch of style and class to its already elegant design. The IdeaPad U460 features an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, turning up an impressive performance with integrated Wi-Fi, optional 3G connectivity and Lenovo’s  Fun Features such as ambient light sensors, Active Protection System, OneKey Recovery System and Veriface face recognition, that make this laptop easy and comfortable to use.

Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 laptop is currently available at SGD 1,799. The IdeaPads U165 and U460 are currently available and retail at SGD 699 and from SGD 1,199 respectively. All of the PCs are available through Lenovo Exclusive Stores and Preferred Retailers.

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