The folks at Lenovo have kicked off the Memorial Day holiday with the release of some new notebooks and a new netbook. We had the opportunity to talk with them about these products, and they will certainly round out Lenovo’s consumer offerings.
The new netbook pushes the limits of the netbook definition with the 12-inch screen. Lenovo will continue to offer the S10 netbook, but it’s adding the larger S12 to appeal to those who want a netbook but who don’t like the smaller screens found on most models. The S12 has typical netbook components with an Atom processor, but there is a $50 option to add NVIDIA ION graphics that will provide full HD video playback. It also has an ExpressCard slot for those who need one for a 3G modem. The S12 starts at $449 and will be available in June.
The two notebooks announced today are the IdeaPad U350 and the G550, which have 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch screens, respectively. The U350 has a number of processor options to allow consumers to tailor the configuration to meet their specific needs. There are options for the Core2Solo and Pentium ULV processors that can be installed. The G550 with the larger screen is aimed at entertainment aficionados looking for a multimedia notebook at a low price point. The U350 starts at $649 in July, and the G550 is $599 in June.
Lenovo is also announcing the budget-priced IdeaCentre C300 all-in-one desktop system, which brings a 20-inch screen and full entertainment components for a $449 starting price.