Lenovo released three new affordable consumer laptop models
Along with all the exciting new and unexpected products announced by Lenovo at its Tech Wold event, three brand new laptops we’re launched just before the conference. An entry level model along with two multimedia capable machines, all come in at a low price point for users whom don’t require much processing power from their computers, while still catering to more than one audience.
The Lenovo Ideapad 100 starts at just $249, for consumers that need the bare minimum, consisting of surfing the web, social medial and email, but retaining the ability of a capable workstation when compared to a netbook. Both 14 and 15 inch screen sizes are available with a native resolution of 1366 x 768. Powered by Intel BayTrail-M processors, and runs Windows 8.1. Lenovo only estimated a disappointing 4 hours of battery life.
Options include a 128GB SSD or 500GB HDD, up to 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out etc. Basically, it has everything that an entry level user needs in form of a laptop, but falls short on battery life when compared to current competing models.
Next up, the Lenovo Z41 starts at at $499, features a full HD 1080p 14-inch display. Having a 1080p display, with a full range of Intel Core processor options. Workstation and multemedia users can keep the cost down by opting for an i3, while video editors or other processing hog users can benefit from getting the most out of a Core i7. Options include up to 16GB of ram, JBL speakers, 2 x 3.0 USB ports and one 2.0 port, along with a HDMI out. Once more the battery life rates at just 4 hours of usage.
The third and final model, the Lenovo Z51, is basically the same as to the Z41 with a larger screen size of 15 inches. It also starts from $499 but this model has something extra to offer to its users. Z51 has an optional Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for 3D scanning, allowing to send the digital image to 3D printers, as well as for gaming and gesture control motions too. But the camera comes at a cost of $100 to the original price tag of Z51.
As far as optional graphic upgrades go, the Z41 can be shipped with an AMD R7 M360, while the Z51 can house an AMD R9 M375 card.