Lenovo has announced the availability of a new range of devices that are designed to fit in with the multiple facets of modern consumers’ lives. Lenovo’s latest devices – from the multi-mode Lenovo Miix and Lenovo Flex 14, to the U330p, U430 touch, S410 and S210 touch laptops as well as the A3000 tablet – are created with this purpose in mind.
Lenovo is incorporating versatility into the design of its products with the multi-mode Lenovo Miix and Lenovo Flex 14. The Lenovo Miix is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Atom processor. Sporting a "quick-flip" detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard, the Lenovo Miix instantly switches between PC mode and tablet mode to quickly adapt to user’s needs. Weighing at approximately 0.5kg and measuring just 10mm thin, it's ideal for one that requires a single integrated device for work and play.
We managed to have a brief hands-on with the device, and it seems that the Miix is quite the premium product. The AccuType keyboard integrated onto the folio case is as comfortable to type with, as the Accutype keyboards found on Lenovo's other devices. There's also a magnetic latch that keeps the tablet firmly in place. This little inclusion adds to the premium feel that the Miix already has thanks to its good build quality.
The downside here is that once it's set up in notebook mode, the display of the Miix is tilted in only one angle. This might present itself as a problem due to the device's small size. Users will need to adjust their physical viewing angle to get a good view of what's on the screen. Using the device on anything other than a table would also prove to be quite tricky.
Ultimately, our first impressions of the product are fairly positive, and we can see how it can be a great productivity tool despite its relatively weak Atom processor.
The Lenovo Flex 14 and 15, the world’s first multi-mode mainstream Ultrabooks, comes in two modes – consumers can tap on laptop mode for productivity and content creation, or flip the product into stand mode to for entertainment through internet browsing, watching movies and gaming. Their ultra-slim designs and touchscreens allow for anywhere, anytime use and are perfect for the on-the-go lifestyles of today’s consumers.
At first glance, it's not difficult to come to the conclusion that the design of the Flex 14 and 15 is derived from the very impressive Yoga series of Ultrabooks. However, like we mentioned before, while they're able to convert into laptop, stand or tent mode, the display doesn't flip all the way to convert into a tablet. The decision to leave this final mode out is likely due to the fact that a 14-inch or 15-inch tablet (with hidden keyboard) would be too cumbersome to handle. However, a major advantage that the Flex notebooks have over the Yoga notebooks, is that when it's in stand mode, the hinges keep the display firmly in place, so interaction with the touch display will not push it downwards.
One other thing we also noticed about the Flex notebooks while handling them, is that the machines still feel robust despite their all-plastic build. This is likely due to the fairly thick plastic used to construct the notebooks. What this means for users is that they don't have to worry about wearing the affordable machines down, even with intensive daily use.
Lenovo is also launching the Lenovo A3000 tablet, which comes in a compact 7-inch form factor for portability and ease of handling whilst on-the-go. That said, the A3000 does not skimp on performance, powered by a 1GHz MTK processor which allows the tablet to optimize the user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and web-browsing.
On the PC end, Lenovo is unveiling a range of laptops defined by their elegant design – the thin and light Lenovo U330p, U430 touch, S210 touch and S410. The Lenovo U-Series (U for Ultrabook) laptops – the U330p and U430 touch – start from a thickness of only 19mm, packed into a svelte metal frame. Considerable design input has gone into the UI which allows users to interact with the device at their convenience. These include advanced options such as voice control and a multi-touch touchpad along with a 10-point capacitive touchscreen for the Lenovo U430 touch. Both sport a backlit AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing.
The Lenovo S210 touch and S410 laptops are bundled in an ultra-light frame for easy handling, weighing at approximately 1.4kg. With smooth curves and ergonomic design, The S210 touch and S410 are devices that consumers will be happy to bring along as their lifestyle companion. Both offer high-quality immersive multimedia experiences, and tools like Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Support and Lenovo Cloud applications help users easily share data and access their computer’s full functionality, while OneKey Recovery makes data backup and recovery simple.
Designed to unify content across multiple devices and platforms, the Lenovo Iomega ix Series Desktop line of networked storage solutions lets consumers access their content from anywhere, anytime, reducing the hassle of replicating their work files, games, movies, and music across all their devices. The ix Series are also suitable for small businesses and home offices.
|Pricing in S$||Availability|
|Lenovo Flex 14||Starting 999||Comex 2013|
|Lenovo A3000||269||Comex 2013|
|Lenovo U430 touch||1,399||End September|
|Lenovo S210 touch||799||Immediate|
|Lenovo Iomega ix2||-|
*Comex 2013 is happening from the 5th to 8th of September, at Halls 5 & 6, Singapore Expo.