Recently I was informed about a laptop I had previously not heard of. Lenovo has had its own line of Lenovo products and then more recently the world-renown Thinkpad which was pioneered and developed by IBM for many years.
The Thinkpad is clearly one of the best quality, business laptop’s in the industry, and the Lenovo products are well… not at all the Thinkpad quality. So Lenovo needed to create an in-between unit, something fit for the home and hobbyist, but one which also was very good quality.
So out came the IdeaPad.
The IdeaPad has some amazingly innovative features in it, some of which come as a first in the realm of notebook computing. Apart from the amazing features there is also the price, which is incredibly low for the specs you get.
Here is what the IdeaPad Y510 comes with and the price:
Processor* (speed, L2 cache, FSB)
Intel® Core™2 Duo T5550 (1.6 GHz, 2 MB, 667 MHz)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32
15.4″ widescreen WXGA VibrantView (1280 x 800)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (up to 256 MB)
Up to 250GB 5400rpm Serial ATA
2GB PC2-5300/667 MHz (can support up to 4 GB)
Dual Layer CD/DVD Recordable
1.3 megapixel integrated camera
4 speakers, 1 sub-woofer Dolby® Home Theater™
Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG or 4965AGN
6.4 lb. including battery (2.90 kg)
14.3″ x 10.2″ x 1.1″-1.4″ (362mm x260mm x 29.2 -36.2mm)
1 year system /1 year battery
Battery Life (6-cell Li-Ion battery)
Approx. 4 hours
I got one on Ebay Brand New in Sealed Box for: $700 (USD)
As you may have seen this laptop comes with a built-in webcam which couples as a VeriFace apparatus as well, meaning that you can login with the webcam scanning your face.
This IdeaPad also comes with a genuine 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System built in, with a total of 4 speakers (2 front and 2 back) and 1 subwoofer which is positioned underneath the laptop. WOW! Those who already bought the machine have been in awe at the quality of sound.
The IdeaPad also has a screen which reaches to the end of the lid, meaning there is no surrounding bezel as it the case with most any other laptop. The LCD is covered with a protective film of sorts.
All who have bought the IdeaPad have marveled at the quality and strength of the unit, saying that it was very tight and that they felt no flexing or bending of the composite material which makes up the outer shell.
Once I receive mine I will attempt to install Ubuntu Gutsy onto it and will keep you all informed about how that goes. From what I have read everything but the webcam works pretty much out of the box, and the webcam is on the virge of being sorted out.
So time will tell….
But all in all the IdeaPad sounds very rich in features and quality … and at the same time very well priced!