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Lenovo Unleashes Windows 8 Laptops, All-in-One PCs

Yesterday, Lenovo revealed its refreshed IdeaPad S series of laptops, but the China-based PC maker has more — a lot more — up its sleeve.

Lenovo IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook

At the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany, today, Lenovo announced a slew of Windows 8 products, including five new laptops and four all-in-one PCs.

The IdeaPad U510 Ultrabook is for those who don’t want to sacrifice the features of a laptop but desire a more portable design. It measures 0.82 inch thick and weighs 4.8 pounds, which is on the heavier side for an Ultrabook, and has a 15-inch display. But unlike some of its competitors, it is not a touchscreen.

However, you can configure it with a DVD or Blu-ray disc drive. Other options include a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and one-terabyte hard disk drive. Lenovo estimates the Ultabook’s battery life at six hours.

The IdeaPad U510 will be available in September; pricing starts at $679.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400

Also shipping in September is the IdeaPad Z500 for $549 and above. It’s not an Ultrabook, but Lenovo touts it as being 25 percent slimmer than a standard laptop without sacrificing any power or graphics performance.

The Z500 has a 15.6-inch LED-backlit HD non-touch display; you can also opt for a 14-inch screen with the Z400 ($549; shipping in November). Both are configurable with third-generation Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics technology and come in a variety of colors, including white, brown, pink and blue.

Next up are the IdeaPad Y400 and Y500. Designed for mobile gaming and multimedia, the Y400 and Y500 offer more graphics power, increased storage space and an additional fan for cooling to handle heavy tasks, such as editing video and playing games. The Y400 has a 14-inch widescreen HD non-touch display, while the Y500 has a 15.6-inch display, and both offer third-generation Intel processors, backlit keyboards and JBL speakers and Dolby technology for enhanced sound.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y400

The IdeaPad Y400 and Y500 will ship in October with prices starting at $649.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

Finally, if you’re in the market for an all-in-one PC, the IdeaCentre A520 comes with a 23-inch, 1080p HD multitouch screen with IPS technology for wider viewing angles. The display can also be tilted between five and 90 degrees and at the higher end can be built with an Intel Core i7 processor, a 1TB hard drive and a Blu-ray Disc drive.

Lenovo’s B Series all-in-one PCs kick the entertainment level up a notch with 3-D displays, and each model comes with two pairs of 3-D glasses — the B340 and B345 have 21.5-inch touchscreens, and the B545 has a 23-inch touchscreen. In addition to the aforementioned Intel processors, the series can be built with AMD quad-core processors and the B340 includes an option for an NVIDIA graphics processor. If you want access to HDTV, a TV tuner is also available for extra.

The IdeaCentre A520 has an availability date of October and costs $999 for the base model. The IdeaCentre B340 and B345 also go on sale in October and start at $599. The B545 is available now for $699 and above.

Updated on Sept. 1 with more information about the IdeaPad displays.

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