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It’s official: the Lenovo U110 IdeaPad is now available direct from the Lenovo site. A red one will currently get to you faster than a black one: 3 to 5 days vs. 2 to 3 weeks. Then again, a black U110 might be a smidge faster […]

U_series_other_expressive_268x177It’s official: the Lenovo U110 IdeaPad is now available direct from the Lenovo site. A red one will currently get to you faster than a black one: 3 to 5 days vs. 2 to 3 weeks. Then again, a black U110 might be a smidge faster if the specs are correct: it apparently offers a 5400 RPM 120 GB drive instead of a 4200 RPM in the red base model. Might be a typo there.Both start at $1,899 which gets you:

  • 11.1-inch WXGA display
  • Intel L7500 Core 2 Duo at 1.6 GHz
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 2 GB of RAM; adding another GB will cost you $100
  • Integrated DVD-Recordable optical drive
  • VeriFace facial recognition
  • 2 hours of runtime with the 4-cell battery, plus another 6 hours with the 7-cell battery. Looks like both are included.
  • Integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, 1.3-megapixel camera, ExpressCard slot, 6-in-1 media card reader and three USB ports

The U110 has a nice weight of 2.4-pounds with the standard battery and it’s less than an inch thick. I like the form factor for sure. Lenovo has definitely packed a bit o’ tech in a small, light package. When we saw the unit at CES, we really like the touch controls for media as well as the frameless display. Here’s the full set of specs in a PDF. Definitely a nice package that compares to Lenovo’s own X300, the MacBook Air and the Sony VAIO TZ-line.

  1. This looks lust-o-licious. But that price!!! Will you be getting one to review?

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  2. Price is on par with the devices it competes against. High when compared to the EeePC-like class of subnotebooks, but that’s a different class entirely in terms of performance. A review unit is a definitely possibility. More to follow…

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  3. The specs look good but the glossy display and keyboard are a big turn off. I’m looking forward to the 12.1″ Lenovo X200 and Dell E4200 later this year. Both computers feature sleek ultralight designs with next-generation technology (Montevina chipset, GMA X4500, DDR3-800 memory, etc).

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  4. Oh man oh man, I know it’s in a whole different class. But, god, I’ve already nicknamed it the Little Red Riding Hood computer because of that sex-o-matic red lid with the Itchy&Scratchy engaving!

    It calllllls to me.

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  5. Lenovo continues to update the U110 web site so it seems some of the specs are still being worked out. Based on current info the black model includes a 5400rpm HDD, 4-cell battery, 7-cell battery, AG wireless card, and external dual layer recordable DVD drive. The red model comes with a 4200rpm HDD, 4-cell battery, and external Super Multi-Burner drive (no 7-cell battery and no wireless card). The display is described as TFT LCD on the U110 order site, but the product datasheet states LED backlit.

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  6. The U110 web site just changed again: The black model does not include the 7-cell battery and both models use the same external optical drive (Super Multi-Burner).

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