Meet The Lenovo Ideapad U650 - Another Macbook Air Rival

Lenovo has unveiled more goodies after its rather tasty S12 12.1-inch Netbook. This time, the Lenovo Ideapad U350 will get heads turning with a sublime design, with .... a silver shell.

Weighing around 1.6Kg and measuring less than 25mm thick, the laptop will prove to be a worthy alternative to Apple's Macbook Air, especially as it carries an entry level suggested retail price of $649.

It comes with a 13.3-inch LED backlit screen (1366x768 pixels) powered either by a Intel GMA 4500M or 4500MHD graphics module , a choice of three possible Intel processors (Celeron 723 1.2GHz, SU2700 1.3GHz, Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4GHz), up to 8GB memory and up to 500GB storage.

Apart from the 1.3MP webcam, there's 3 USB ports, the usual assortment of connectivity options (WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet) and the possibility to choose between Windows Vista Basic or Premium edition.

Lenovo has also thrown in a HDMI connector as well as a number of proprietary technologies like Veriface facial recognition, its Onekey Rescue system as well as the Active Protection System.

To cap everything, you can kit the laptop either with a four-cell or eight-cell battery which will give either four hours or 10 hours of usage respectively.

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Our Comments

Lenovo is slowly but surely coming up with a truly interesting set of devices. The S12 and the U350 are very good compared to the competition and they come at some very attractive prices. Let's home that Lenovo does not cut any corners here.

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