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Well that didn’t take long! Lenovo now has the U150 product page showing availability in the U.S. — if you don’t mind a two-plus week wait – and Netbooked already has a review of this thin-and-light device. One could say they cheated as they have a Japanese […]

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Well that didn’t take long! Lenovo now has the U150 product page showing availability in the U.S. — if you don’t mind a two-plus week wait – and Netbooked already has a review of this thin-and-light device. One could say they cheated as they have a Japanese model, but why quibble when you can get a first-hand look at this new 11.6″ notebook? ;)

The extensive review covers a lower end model with 1.3 GHz Intel Celeron SU2300 CPU paired with the Intel X4500 integrated graphics. Specs will vary by region, but here’s what $699 buys you in the U.S.:

  • 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor SU4100
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Integrated Graphics X4500
  • 3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
  • 11.6 ” HD WXGA LED 1366×768
  • 250GB 5400 hard drive
  • 6 cell battery rated for 57 Whr
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi

So you’re paying around 40% more that you would for a slightly smaller netbook, but you’re getting better performance and five hours of runtime in a 3.26 pound package. Tacking on a Core 2 Duo and another gigabyte of memory will set you back another $150, which puts you in traditional notebook pricing tier. So unlike the $399 Acer Aspire 1410 — which is compared in this review– the Lenovo U15o doesn’t stand a chance to make netbooks obsolete. Regardless, if this package sounds appealing, you’ll want to read the Netbooked review. It’s full of videos as well as benchmarks and observations. Looks like the U150 is a nice machine, but too “in between” for my tastes.

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