You know what could be the kiss of death for any Lenovo laptop review? Someone saying it has a "mushy keyboard". The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 may not be part of the company's well-esteemed ThinkPad range but buyers still expect the historic keyboard quality, and according to Laptop that's just not quite there.
Lenovo prompted a few raised eyebrows when they introduced what's basically a CULV ultraportable into their ThinkPad range with the new X100e, leading to all manner of questions as to whether an AMD Athlon Neo processor could satisfy the business segment. Over at Netbooked they've been reviewing the single-core 1.6GHz ThinkPad X100e, and while the physical design shouldn't cause too many sleepless nights for long-time Lenovo lovers, performance leaves plenty to be desired.
Out of everything Lenovo have announced at CES 2010, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook is perhaps the most eye-catching. Already being compared by some to the much-loved HP tc1x00, the IdeaPad U1 features a removable multitouch-touchscreen slate which can be docked into a notebook form-factor. We grabbed some hands-on time with the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid at CES Unplugged this evening; check out our first-impressions and video after the cut.
A few months back the Vaio T series notebooks were phased out due to increasing competition from other CULV notebook manufacturers. They have resurfaced again on Sony Japan's wesbite, now they are sporting CULV processors and a slew of other features. While they look the same as ever there is a lot of new stuff under the hood. For starters new processor options: the Celeron SU 2300 (1.2GHz, dual-core), Core 2 Duo SU9400 (1.4GHz, dual-core) and Core 2 Duo SU9600 (1.6GHz) are all available. The new T series supports up to 8GB of memory and new storage options include a 500GB HDD or a 512GB SSD.
The upcoming Gateway/Acer convertible tablet notebook has been spotted over at the FCC [pdf link], as the EC18T and the Aspire 1420P respectively. The 11.6-inch notebook uses an Intel CULV processor - the 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU2300 - and GMA 4500MHD graphics, along with up to 500GB of hard-drive space and up to 8GB of RAM.
Down under and looking for a new CULV notebook for the festive season? Pioneer Computers Australia may have just the thing, in the shape of the DreamBook Light U11; an 11.6-inch ultraportable, the U11 packs a choice of Intel dual-core (SU2300 or SU4100), Core 2 Solo (SU7300) or Core 2 Duo (SU9400 or SU9600) processors together with up to 4GB of memory and optional integrated 3G.
We'll admit to being a little confused as to the appeal of super-branded laptops like Acer's Ferrari series - it smacks a little of wearing a Ferrari jacket while you're driving your Accord - but where there's a market there'll be products to sate it. Enter Packard Bell's Valentino Rossi netbook, the Packard Bell dot Netbook VR46, likely to exaggerate the difference between Rossi's high-powered motorbike and an underpowered CULV netbook even more.
MSI have announced two new models in the X-Slim range of waifish ultraportables. The MSI X-Slim X350 and X-Slim X600 Pro pack 13.4-inch and 15.6-inch LCD LED-backlit displays respectively, along with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and HDMI outputs. The X600 Pro also squeezes in ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics (the X350 makes do with Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics) and gets optional WiMAX and twice the RAM: up to 4GB compared to the smaller model's 2GB maximum.
Dell's Adamo XPS is quite the machine, but it also has an eye-watering price. Happily the company have decided to borrow some of the Adamo style for a more entry-level model, in the shape of the new Dell Vostro V13. A 13.3-inch ultraportable measuring 0.65-inches thick and tipping the scales at under 3.5lbs, the Vostro V13 offers a choice of Intel CULV processors and kicks off at a frankly hard-to-believe $450.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 CULV ultraportable last spotted strutting its patterned stuff in Japan last month has finally made it to the US, with pricing kicking off at $649. The U150 packs a choice of 1.3GHz Pentium dual-core or Core 2 Duo processors, together with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 250GB or 320GB of storage and an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 LED-backlit display.