Lenovo IdeaPad U310, U410, Z400 and Z500 Laptops Get Their Touch on

At CES this week, Lenovo is unleashing its new wave of touch-enabled notebooks and ultrabooks in the form of brand-new IdeaPads in four different sizes. The smaller U310 and U410 notebooks (13.3” and 14”) will have the ultrabook designation, coming in at 3.85/4.4 pounds and 18 mm/21 mm thick, respectively. They’re primed for Windows 8, and that means 10-point multi-touch, along with a touchpad designed to work with Windows 8 on-screen shortcuts and provides easy scroll and zoom. Inside, you’ll have as much as a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor. The smaller U310 will pack Intel HD4000 graphics, while the U410 will have an NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor. You’ll be able to get up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM on the U310, which increases to 8 GB for the U410. Storage sizes are 500 GB and 1 TB respectively, and both can have up to a 24 GB SSD cache, giving the devices that boot-up speed boost required of ultrabooks. Dolby Home Theater V4 provides the audio, and you’ll get a 720p HD webcam on board both. Both ultrabooks will have USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 ports (one for the U310, two for the U410) and 2-in-1 card readers, and will have 16:9 1366 x 768 displays.

The Z400 and Z500 don’t earn the ultrabook distinction, but they look to be fine Windows 8 notebooks in their own rights. The bigger sizes – 14” and 15.6” – put these guys over the weight limit, at 5.3 and 5.7 pounds. The guts are much the same as the U310 ad U410, and there will be 10-point multi-touch, as well as those touchpad features. There’ll be a 1 TB HDD, although there is no mention of an optional SSD cache for the Z series. The display is a beefed up 16:9 1600 x 900 effort on both, and inside will look much the same as the U410 – an NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor, this time backed up by as much as 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. The Z series also packs in a little more personality, coming in blue and pink in addition to the standard brownish-grey.

The IdeaPad U310 Touch and and Z400Touch will be the first two to come to market, sometime in March. Those will be priced at $780 and $700, respectively. The U410 and Z500 will follow in April, with prices of $850 and $700.
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