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Lenovo’s New IdeaPads Take on Much More Modern Designs and Upgraded Specs

Lenovo has updated it’s IdeaPad laptop lineup with some new additions that steer away from the company’s normal rugged/business designs. Rather, the new 720S, 320S, and 320 IdeaPads are designed for the consumer first, much like what Apple’s doing with the 12-inch MacBook.

Specifically, these new IdeaPads feature modern designs made of anodized aluminum and come in a variety of finishes. They’re also pretty thin, starting at 19.3mm thick and going down to 15.9mm. Yes, this isn’t MacBook or HP Spectre thin, but they’re definitely not heifers.

Ideapad 720s (5)

There’s also a redesigned keyboard that fixes the previously-terrible Shift key which I ranted about in my Yoga 920 review. In addition, Lenovo has trimmed the sizes of the bezels surrounding the laptops’ displays which seems to be a trend in 2017.

As for specs, here’s a rundown of each models’.

IdeaPad 720S

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 14-inch Full HD touchscreen
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 512GB of SSD PCIe storage
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • USB-C Thunderbolt port
  • Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics
  • 56 Wh battery
  • JBL speakers with Dolby Audio
  • Fingerprint reader for Windows Hello
  • Always-on charging for powering up your phone or tablet via your laptop’s USB port

IdeaPad 320S (14-inch)

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 14-inch Full HD display
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of SSD PCIe storage
  • USB 2.0 port
  • USB 3.0 port
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Integrated graphics card
  • 52 Wh battery
  • Harman speakers with Dolby Audio

IdeaPad 320S (15.6-inch)

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15.6-inch Full HD display
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 512GB of SSD PCIe storage
  • USB 2.0 port
  • USB 3.0 port
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics
  • 52 Wh battery
  • Harman speakers with Dolby Audio

IdeaPad 320 (15.6-inch)

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15.6-inch 1366×768 display (touchscreen optional)
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 2TB HDD storage
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • DVD drive
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Integrated graphics card
  • 30 Wh battery
  • Dolby Audio

IdeaPad 320 (17.3-inch)

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 17.3-inch 1600×900 display
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 2TB HDD storage
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • DVD drive
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Integrated graphics card
  • 30 Wh battery
  • Dolby Audio

Lenovo is also introducing a new 2-in-1 laptop called the Lenovo Flex 5. It comes in two sizes and sports a pretty industrial design when compared to the new IdeaPads introduced today. Here’s it’s specs for reference.

14-inch model

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 14-inch Full HD IPS display
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 512GB SSD PCIe or 1TB HDD storage
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • Fingerprint reader (optional)
  • Active pen support
  • Integrated and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics
  • 52.5 Wh battery
  • Dolby Audio

15.6-inch model

  • Up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 15.6-inch 4K (3840×2160) IPS display
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 512GB SSD PCIe or 1TB HDD storage
  • USB-C port (doesn’t support charging, unfortunately)
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • Fingerprint reader (optional)
  • Active pen support
  • Integrated and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics
  • 52.5 Wh battery
  • Dolby Audio

Finally, a new gaming laptop is also coming out of today’s announcements called the Legion Y920 Gaming Notebook. It sports a gamer-esque design with a colorful keyboard and curvy design that should make playing your favorite titles feel more comfortable for longer periods of time.

Here’s it’s specs for all of you wondering.

  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7
  • 17.3-inch Full HD Gsync IPS display
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 512GB SSD or 1TB HDD storage
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Thunderbolt support
  • HDMI port
  • Display Port
  • SD card reader
  • VR support
  • Lighting effects for backlit keyboard
  • Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics with PCIe Express
  • Dolby Home Theatre Audio w/ dual JBL speakers and 3W bass subwoofer
  • 90 Wh battery

As for pricing, the IdeaPad 720S starts at $969.99, the IdeaPad 320S starts at $739.99, the IdeaPad 320 starts at $439.99, the Flex 5 starts at $719.99, and the Legion Y920 starts at $2,699.99. Each of the IdeaPads (available in a variety of colors) and the Legion Y920 will go on sale next month, while the Flex 5 will become available this month.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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