Lenovo rolls out Flex 2 convertible laptops, A540 all-in-one desktop PC

Summary:The computer giant has also announced the B50, G50, Z40, and Z50 notebooks, all starting under $600.

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Following in the wake of Toshiba's announcement of a handful of new notebooks , Lenovo has countered with a slew of laptop introductions of its own, as well as a new all-in-one desktop PC.

The company is adding to its Flex lineup of convertible devices with — what else — the Flex 2 (pictured above). Like the original models, the new Flex 2s come in 14-inch and 15.6-inch flavors and feature touchscreens that can rotate 300 degrees so that they lie flat to work in tablet mode. They also retain Intel Haswell processor options, but now offer the choice of AMD APUs as well.

The Flex 2 laptops provide other upgrade possibilities that the original versions did not, such as a full HD 1,920x1,080 display, discrete graphics from either Nvidia or AMD, and more robust solid-state storage options. (The first Flex iteration can only be equipped with an 8GB SSD as part of a hybrid storage solution.) The new models will be available in June, starting at $429 for the 15.6-inch Flex 2 and $799 for the 14-inch notebook.

Lenovo unveiled an additional foursome of portables, though none of the hybrid variety. The B50 is a budget business laptop that sticks with Windows 7 and can be powered by either AMD or Intel processors, up to a Core i7 Haswell CPU. As with the Flex 2, you can also choose Nvidia or AMD discrete graphics (GeForce 820M or Radeon R5 M230, respectively) and an optional full HD version of the 15-inch screen.

The G50 is a similarly low-priced notebook for consumers, with similar spec options but running Windows 8.1 instead. It also makes use of Lenovo's VeriFace Pro technology to log you in using facial recognition. Both the B50 and G50 will be priced from $399 when they go on sale in July.

For those looking for something more stylish, the Z40 and Z50 are under an inch thick even though they come with an integrated DVD burner. Positioned as entertainment laptops, they include Dolby Home Theatre technology and again offer a full HD display as an option. Unlike the other new Lenovo laptops, these Z models appear to offer only AMD processors and discrete graphics options. They will start at $579 when they become available next month.

Finally, Lenovo acknowledged the desktop in the form of the new A540 all-in-one PC that clearly has the Apple iMac in its sights, thanks to being clad in aluminum and a mere 4mm at its thinnest edge. The 23.8-inch touchscreen sports 1,920x1,080 resolution and can rotate 95 degrees to make it easier to use the display for Windows 8.1's touch features. Alternatively, you can operate things with gestures via Lenovo Motion Control.

Options for the A540 include Nvidia GeForce GT 840A graphics, near-field communication (NFC) support, and a built-in TV tuner. Those extras will boost an already hefty starting price of $1,279.99 when the A540 is released in July. 

Topics: Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility, PCs, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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