Lenovo announces U300s Ultrabook, U300 and U400 IdeaPads, we go hands-on (video)

レノボ版の Ultrabook は IdeaPad Uシリーズとして登場します。IFA 2011で発表されたIdeaPad Uシリーズは 13.3インチで厚さ14.9mmのウルトラブック U300s、ウルトラではないものの薄い13.3型ノート U300、14インチでディスクリートGPUも光学ドライブも載る薄型ノート U400 の3機種。

まずウルトラブックに分類される U300sは、13.3型ディスプレイ採用で14.9mmの薄さが特徴です。同画面サイズの MacBook Air 最厚部より2mm以上も薄いことになります。東芝の「世界最薄15.9mm」ウルトラブック Portege Z830 よりもさらに1mm薄いものの、重量は約1.34kgとMacBook Air並みの重さ。(Portege Z830は「世界最軽量 1.12kg」)。ディスプレイの解像度は 1366 x 768。13インチAir の1440 x 900 には及びません。

ボディはかなり一般的になってきたアルミユニボディ製。ただし表面にアノダイズ処理(アルマイト加工)を施して傷に強いとされています。デザインは MacBook Air がヒンジ近くから手前にかけて薄くなってゆくクサビ型であるのに対して、U300sは厚みが変わらないフラットな形状。エッジが尖ったAirとは対照的に、ハードカバーの本のようにやや凹んだ側面です。

中身は Core i7を選択可能なインテル第2世代 Core プロセッサ、4GB RAM、最大256GB SSD。インターフェース類はUSB 2.0、USB 3.0、HDMI、1.3MPカメラなど。無線は802.11n WiFi にBluetooth。キーボード面から吸気しヒンジ近くで吐く「Breathable Keyboard」冷却により、ひざに載せても熱が籠もらないこともアピールしています。ただしキーボードバックライトはなし。

バッテリーは最大8時間、スタンバイでは30日間。Lenovo IdeaPad U300s は10月から各地域で販売される予定。インテルのご指導に逆らったのか、価格は1195ドルから。

同時に登場したU300 / U400 の違いは、メモリの最大量が倍の8GB、より上位のプロセッサが選べる、最大1TBのHDDも選択できること。加えて、


U400:画面は14型、解像度は下位とおなじ1366 x 768。厚さ22.6mm・1.98kg。まだ光学ドライブも搭載できる。ディスクリートGPUのRadeon HD6470M採用。U300sよりは安い849ドルから。

といったところ。下のギャラリーでは三機種 + ライバル(先輩?)を重ねた比較画像もあります。続きはIFA 2011からのプレビュー動画と発表文。

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, U300, U400 vs MacBook Air


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Lenovo Gets Glam with Three New Fashion-Forward Ultraportable Laptops

Slim Design and Ultra-Responsive Performance Combine for the Must-Have Style Laptops of the Season

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – September 1, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) sashays into the fashion world with three new luxury laptops, the IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook™, and the U300 and U400 laptops. Bridging haute couture with superior technology, these laptops are designed for fashion-minded consumers who want a product that is stylish, yet also powerful and productive; the ultimate fusion for individuals who take technology and fashion seriously.

"The new IdeaPad U Series laptops from Lenovo provide style mavens everything they need in a slender, mobile and super chic package," said Yao Yingjia, vice president, Innovation Design Center, Lenovo. "The U300s, U300 and U400 laptops are the perfect luxury accessory this season, liberating consumers on the go to combine productivity and entertainment in one stylish device."

"People will be wowed with the new U Series systems from Lenovo that combine incredible performance in beautiful and stylish designs," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group. "Powered by our 2nd Gen Core processors, this system will deliver great capabilities with a wonderful user experience and long battery life that people increasingly want. We're particularly excited by Lenovo's innovation and as one of the leading time to market partners in the new ultrabook category with the U300s device that combines a no-compromise, must-have mobile experience with performance, security, responsiveness and style."

IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook

The spectacularly slim U300s Ultrabook™, made possible with Intel, is a unique statement for consumers that equally value style and responsiveness. Featuring up to 2nd generation Intel ® Core™ i7 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and boot up in as little as 10 seconds with Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology1 , the U300s is ready to roll no matter what the task. The U300s has a 13.3" ultra-slim 16:9 widescreen HD display, 4GB DDR3 memory and up to 256GB of SSD storage. At just 0.6 inches (14.9mm) thick2 , the U300s is built from a single-piece aluminum shell to create a sleek and lightweight product weighing in at less than three pounds. Available in Graphite Grey or limited-edition Clementine Orange – the trendy colors have been applied through an electrolytic process, and sandblasted to create a perfect, scratch-resistant coating. Other smart technologies include the one-of-a-kind Breathable Keyboard, an Intel ® Advanced Cooling Technology that allows air to flow in through the keyboard and out of the sides and rear hinge. This design removes the need for vents on the underside of the notebook – making it ideal for long periods of use on your lap or even on a pillow! , Despite its ultra-slim design, with the Lenovo Long Life Battery, the U300s provides up to eight hours of productive use or an incredible 30 days on standby. And with Lenovo RapidCharge its battery can be charged to 50% capacity in just 30 minutes. Also included is Bluetooth®, high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors, as well as an integrated 1.3M (720p HD) webcam.

IdeaPad U300 and U400 Ultraportable Laptops

The IdeaPad U300 and U400 are the epitome of stylish, ultra-slim laptops, brimming with intelligent technologies that let consumers do more, with less. The U300 and U400 laptops come with 2nd generation Intel ® Core™ processors and feature boot up times of under 17 seconds thanks to optional RapidDrive SSD technology. The U300 features a 13.3" HD display while the U400 has a 14" HD display and AMD Radeon™ HD5470M 1GB graphics. Both models can be specified with up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 1TB HDD storage and up to 256GB SSD storage. The U400 also has an integrated slot- loading DVD-RW drive.

The Long Life Battery on the U300 lasts for up to six hours of productivity and up to seven hours on the U400. Both models also feature the same Breathable Keyboard technology as the U300s.

Entertainment Abounds

The IdeaPad U300s, U300 and U400 all feature HD graphics support, a HDMI output and integrated stereo speakers with SRS® Premium Surround Sound™ for an immersive sound experience when watching "Devil Wears Prada" on DVD, streaming Mary Ma's latest runway show online or listening to Beyonce! Plus, you can bring computer content to life-sized magnitude wirelessly on a big screen from the U300s Ultrabook™ or the U300/U400 ultraportables with Intel ® Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology3 .

Blog the Night Away with Lenovo's Fashion Night Out at Saks: During Fashion's Night Out (FNO) in NYC on Thursday, September 8, stop by the Lenovo Connections Lounge on the 4th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue to check-in and update fans and followers about the most fashionable night of the year, right from the most fashionable laptops! Lenovo will have the latest IdeaPad U Series laptops available during the event for anyone to Tweet their latest celebrity sighting or update Facebook friends on a stellar FNO designer purchase. Additionally, Lenovo will be giving away FIVE IdeaPad U300s laptops at the event! The Lenovo Connections Lounge will be up and running throughout all of fashion week, and there will be one additional PC giveaway each night from September 9-15.

Pricing and Availability

All three laptops are available in a cool Graphite Gray color, and the U300s also comes in limited-edition Clementine Orange. Starting prices for these laptop models start at $1195 for the U300s and $799 and $849 for the U300 and U400, respectively. They will be sold through select retailers and on www.lenovo.com beginning October 2011.
動画:レノボのウルトラブック U300s発表。13.3型で14.9mm厚、Core i7も選択可

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