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Lenovo Unveils ’09 PC Line At CES

Lenovo will introduce its latest consumer-targeted IdeaPad notebooks, desktops and netbooks, its IdeaCentre A600 all-in-one desktop and a business-targeted ThinkPad notebook with two screens here at International CES. The manufacturer said it will show its products both in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian Hotel and Casino and in booth 36075MP in the LVCC South Hall 4.

The new IdeaPad Y-series laptops include models Y430, Y550 and Y650. According to the company, the series has been “engineered for entertainment.” Key features found throughout the line include Nvidia graphics cards, Dolby Home Theater sound and the company’s new OneKey Theater function which it says enhances the device’s sound and graphics to improve the movie-watching experience.

The Y650 model is Lenovo’s first 16-inch model. It features JBL speakers and an ambient light sensor for the display. The device’s multitouch touchpad allows the user to employ more than one finger at a time to perform tasks like stretching a picture on screen.

All Y-series notebooks are set for March availability. The Y450 and 7550 models will start at $829; the Y650 will start at $1,199.99.

The IdeaCentre A600 is Lenovo’s new all-in-one desktop. It has a 21.5-inch frameless screen, is 1.06-inches thick at its thinnest point and offers a 16:9 high-definition widescreen.

The company said it will have a basic version available starting at $999 and a second model for $1299. The step-up model will come with a four-in-one remote control said to act as an air mouse, a controller for motion-controlled games, a media center remote and a VoIP handset. Both versions are set to retail in April.

The company also plans to show an updated version of its S10 netbook line at the show as well. (See p. 12 for more information.)

On the business side, Lenovo will unveil a new version of its existing ThinkPad W700 notebook, the ThinkPadw700ds. The device, to be available this month starting at $3600, will feature a primary 17-inch screen and a secondary 10.6-inch screen that the user can pull out when the device is open.