The idea you have about ultra-thin laptops may change after you take a look at the IdeaPad U160 from Lenovo. This laptop was announced last month and right now is only available via the company web-store, at $1149 price tag.
While most ultra-slim laptops take up their place between netbooks and conventional laptops, at least as far as performance is concerned, the new Lenovo IdeaPad U160 aims bigger. This is why the 11.6 inch laptop is powered by a Core i7 processor, which is easily among the cream of the crop as far as Intel processors go.
Add the 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz SD RAM and you have a serious performer in your hands. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HM 55 graphics card is powerful enough to render HD video in 720p and 1080p resolutions.
It comes preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, though a 64 bit version would have allowed you to upgrade the RAM up to 8GB.
An ultra-slim laptop has to look classy, if the standards set by the Sony VAIO are anything to go by. This IdeaPad U160 laptop from Lenovo will not disappoint you on that count either. A checkered pattern across the top of the non-glossy finish, reminds you of classic Lenovo styling.
The covers are available in red and black finish, both with the checkered pattern. Other design features include a chiclet-type keyboard with matte-finish keys, which are not fingerprint magnets. These keys are also easier to repair because in most laptops one malfunctioning key means that you have to replace the entire keypad!
On a not so positive note, the New Lenovo U160 ideaPad laptop does not have an optical drive, which means that you have to use an external drive via the USB port. But then ultra-slim laptops usually do not have optical drives, because they would not fit in with the ‘ultra-slim’ build. It’s high time someone came up with an ultra-slim optical drive!
The price may seem a bit too high, given that you can get a powerful laptop with the same money. But keep in mind that this is not a bad performer either and it also gives you greater mobility than any laptop would. So, it would be money well spent!