Lenovo debuts media-friendly IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs

Computer maker Lenovo wants to get 2011 off to a strong start, today announcing two new IdeaPad Y-series notebooks and the IdeaCentre K330 desktop PC that will be available in early 2011. Lenovo is pitching the systems as perfect for media-hungry young adults, and plans to offer plenty of CPU horsepower, RAM, and storage for a strong combination of multimedia excitement and performance.

“The Y460p, Y560p and K330 all feature speedy performance and advanced processing in a sleek form factor,” said Lenovo VP of business operations Dion Weisler, in a statement. “Immense storage and high-quality graphics make these ideal for those looking for a superior and easy multimedia experience.”

lenovo debuts media friendly ideapad and ideacentre pcs y series  dec 2010

The IdeaPad Y460p and Y560P notebooks are designed with a screen hinge that can be opened with one hand, as well as user-accessible ports and a metal hairline etching case. The notebooks will feature 14-inch and 15.6-inch 16:9 widescreen displays, respectively, and will be available with Intel Core-series processors—with Core i7 CPUs being available as options in either model. The systems will also be able to accommodate up to 8 GB of DDR3 1333 RAM, up to 750 GB in hard drive storage, and a RapidDrive feature that combines a 32 GB SSD with a hard disk drive for fast booting and OS performance: Lenovo says the Y460p and Y460P offer up to 33 percent faster boot time and 50 percent faster shutdowns. The systems will also feature JBL speakers, Dolby Home Theater, and Lenovo’s own OneKey Theater, which enables users to “experience richer images and enhanced sound while watching movies with just the press of a button.” The new Y-series IdeaPads will be available starting January 11, 2011, with prices starting at $849.

lenovo debuts media friendly ideapad and ideacentre pcs k330  dec 2010

Lenovo has also announced the IdeaCentre K330 desktop system, which can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 processor and as much as 16 GB of RAM; the system can also handle twin hard disk drives in RAID 0 configuration for up to 4 TB of storage, and the system will feature a Power Control Switch for toggling between three power modes controlling fan and CPU speed: Cool Green for silent, energy-saving operation, Auto Blue for regular use, and Turbo Red for pedal-to-the-metal performance. The K330 will also feature an integrated DVD or Blu-ray drive, DirectX 11 graphics support with full HD resolution, and will be available with an optional TV tuner. And, for folks who maybe get too immersed in their media, the system will also have Lenovo’s Eye Distance System to alert users when they’re too close to the screen. Pricing on the IdeaCentre K330 will start at $699, and the systems should go on sale in early 2011.