Lenovo adds touchscreen displays to Windows 8 IdeaPad ranges: Photos

Lenovo adds touchscreen displays to Windows 8 IdeaPad ranges: Photos

Summary: Lenovo has retooled some of its existing ultrabook and laptop models in time for CES to include a touchscreen display, so they can take advantage of some of Windows 8's features.

TOPICS: Laptops, Hardware, Lenovo, CES

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  • Lenovo has announced updates to its existing U and Z series laptops including adding a touchscreen display to the machines in order to make the most out of Windows 8. 

    The Chinese PC manufacturer launched the new Touch edition devices at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas on Sunday.

    In total, Lenovo has added touchscreen interfaces to four machines in its existing U and Z series IdeaPad ranges - changes which have been made as a result of Microsoft's reworking of the Windows operating system to be more orientated around touch input.

    Touch "is driving new interactions with devices and digital content", Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of Lenovo, said in a statement. "We've aggressively integrated touch across our consumer PCs so that we have one of the largest portfolios of Windows 8 touch products available."

  • Among the list of updated machines is the Lenovo 310 Touch, a revamped version of the U310. The device has a 13.3-inch display, measures in at just 18mm thick and has, Lenovo claims, a wake-up time of less than one second.

    The U410 (pictured) is similarly svelte at 21mm thick and has a slightly larger 14-inch screen. Despite the difference in screen size, both offer a maximum resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

    The U310 and U410 were first released during 2012 but both are now available in a Touch model that supports 10-finger operation and gesture controls.

    Under the bonnet, the U310 Touch and U410 Touch's hardware can be specified by the buyer, but can include third-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 1TB hard disk drive, integrated graphics and up to 8GB of RAM. Lenovo said the U310 has around six hours of battery life whereas the U410 can eke out eight hours.

    UK pricing was not available at the time of writing but in the US, the U310 should start from around $780 (£465) when it goes on sale in March 2013, while the U410 will be available from around $850 (£528) in April.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Lenovo, CES

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  • My laptop has been all "touch" for years.

    It has a very ingenious device called a trackpad, and I can select stuff on the screen without having my hand in front of what I'm pointing at! Amazing!!!
    • I know exactly what you mean

      This is what makes the ipad such a poor device. The ipad has no compatibility with any trackpad device out there, not even apple's magic trackpad.

      The Surface RT doesn't force you to select stuff on the screen while your hand is in front of what you are pointing at. It even works with apple's magic trackpad, the very thing you just proclaimed is the best thing ever for touch.

      PS ipad is NOT compatible with the magic trackpad, the very thing you just proclaimed is the very best thing ever for touch. gorilla arms
      • Than you todd.......

        Its like people on this site have lost their darn minds off iPads and Macbooks. They just comment inaccurate information about every other product.
        • you're right

          ZDNET has been taken over by Apple fanatics.

          I think touch meshes very well with Desktops and Laptops. I wish I had touch on my two 22" monitors. I have a lot of real-estate to cover and sometimes it would be nice if I could reach up and tap things while on the phone. Every OEM needs to incorporate touch laptops and desktop monitors.
        • LOL

          And what argument do you have to that trackpad is broken in laptops?

          You don't really want a touch screen on laptop. You don't want to rise your hand to touch something. You don't want to swing whole arm or wrist just to scroll a content view. You don't want to zoom content view by flexing fingers on screen.

          Why we do have physical keyboards in the first place for laptops? Why didn't we move to tablets 30 years ago when they were presented by Sun and IBM? Why didn't Microsoft quest of "Surface 0.5" take off at begin of 21st century when they brought all those laptops with flip touch screens on markets?

          Because people don't like to touch display on laptop when they are typing on keyboard. You have the laptop on your LAP. Thats why it is called as LAPtop and not "touchtop". You can have it on table as well if wanted, but you can all the time rest your hands on it, no matter is the computer on your lap or on your desk. And you get the display always turn to correct position, no matter are you in airplane or in office or in train, you get always best angle to see it because you can tilt the screen.

          Idea of surface just takes all bad designs from everything and slaps them together and brainless MS fans and Apple haters are to promote it as "innovation of century". Q
          • well I don't want a trackpad

            I have a convertible tablet with a trackpad and a one of those eraser mouse devices IBM invented years ago. I disable the trackpad. Those da#$(m things replace what used to be a 'wrist rest' feature of the laptops into a space you're no allowed to touch with your hand because it will suddenly move your curser, delete your stuff or whatever havoc can happen from inadvertently putting your palm too close to the trackpad while touch typing. I disable or tape over any trackpad I have on my systems because they are terrible. Also, in Win 8 systems, most track pads are a very poor replacement for the actual swipe gestures needed in the new 'modern' interface. Even a mouse, especially a mouse with a roller wheel, is better than a trackpad. I wish those things would just disappear.
          • At least try it before you tell people what they don't want

            In 2010 I would have agreed with you, but then I purchased an Asus Transformer.

            Having the option to use touch on an ultrabook sized device is really great. Some people are going to absolutely fall in love with it. Some will take time to come around and others will not embrace touch.

            Touch support is coming no matter how hard you fight it. Just like that trackpad didn't do away with mice, touch will be just another input option for users. There will be times when touch is the best way to get things done as well as mouse/trackpad being better in other situations.
      • Get your head off MS propaganda.

        And why the ***** you want to use a touchpad to select or scroll view on TABLET?

        A laptop or workstation with touch screen causes a TERRIBLE user experience and is just one of the biggest mistakes what you can do on usability. On tablets touch screen works. On smartphones it works.

        Everything what you whine is for nothing because no sane person would pair a touchpad with a tablet.
        • Right, because no one buys keyboards to use with their tablets?

          Keyboards are probably the number one addon for tablets, so just how do you think all those tablet users with keyboards move their cursor around the screen?

          Touch.... That pretty much invalidates your entire argument.

          There is no reason to put artificial limits on the functionality of a device, because you don't think it will work. For others it will be just one of those things that just makes their experience much better.
  • Here's how it works, toddy:

    Touch makes sense on hand-held devices (phones and tablets).
    Touch doesn't make sense on devices that are not hand-held (laptops and desktops).
    Get it???
    • Got it

      You must have one of those magic hands that becomes transparent when you pick up a phone or a tablet but becomes opaque when you use a laptop or a desktop.

      The rest of us have figured out that being able to choose when we want to use a touch screen and when we want to use a trackpad has more to do with what we are trying to accomplish than what apple has stated a device is to be categorized as.

      apple: you are touching it wrong

      PS Having the choice to use the touch screen or the track pad on my Surface RT is truly liberating. I always felt so trapped with the ipad because I wasn't allowed to use it the way that best suited the task at hand.
      • Agreed, but don't care for the Surface RT

        I've been using an ASUS Transformer Prime with dockable keyboard for over 6 months and love it. It's the best of both worlds in terms of using a keyboard and touch screen. This arrangement of dockable hybrid tablet will be the default design standard for "laptops" going forward.

        The reason I don't care for the Surface RT is the keyboard dock. It doesn't exploit the feature as well as ASUS does. Having the additional battery and full size ports is fantastic and adds levels of functionality not possible on the Surface RT.
    • Totally Wrong

      Totally wrong. I have dual touch monitors at my desk. This is a lot of area and moving the mouse around this much screen is a real pain. Touch to get to the general area is really fast. Half the time it is all I need. The other half I use the mouse to fine tune.

      Think of it this way. Even though we have mice we still often use the ancient cursor keys. Now it is touch, mouse, cursor each having its place.
      • Whoah!

        Sorry, but did I understand you correctly now.

        Your argument that touch screen is great on workstation is because it takes so much effort to _move a mouse < 10cm_ to get it to correct position on other screen, but it is much easier to rise a hand from the mouse (or keyboard, even then moving hand from keyboard to mouse is easier) to display >50cm from your hand (you are having the 50-70cm safety distance to display, right?) location and then back to mouse?

        Are you those who never understood that you can rise the mouse and move it back to mousepad without moving it whole table? And that you can set mouse cursor speed faster than "1cm on screen requires 10cm movement on mousepad"?
        And that you can have a keyboard shortcuts to quickly change between multiple window on multiple monitors and when you activate the correct window, the last text input box what was used, is activated automatically as well?

        Cursor keys are awesome. So are all special keys like page up, end, home delete, insert, CTRL, Alt, Shift and Tab. They are way faster than using a touch screen, even a mouse alone is faster than using a touch screen on workstation.

        You really enjoy doing 5x more with touch screen than using a simple gesture on keyboard.
        • But...

          I've come to believe that the touch interface is more natural than using a mouse. More and more we are using touch interfaces for a whole host of devices. And because it's a more natural movement, it will help with issues like carpal tunnel which is a problem with using mice.

          Also, voice recognition will play a bigger role going forward to especially in the home or situations when you're not in close proximity to other users. Keyboard need will diminish because of it as well. Again, will help with carpal tunnel injuries.
        • Different input for different situations

          Sometimes using the arrows keys is the best choice for a user to traverse a document. Sometimes using a scroll wheel on the mouse. Sometimes clicking the up/down slider. Sometimes the keyboard, trackpad or mouse is a more natural choice for a user, but they are all valid choices depending on the users needs and preferences.

          Everyone seems to be thinking in absolutes as if Touch can only be used at the absolute loss of all other input methods. Try viewing it as another option of input.
  • The only problem I see is.....

    I feel my next device will be a full windows 8 tablet. Ill probably skip the touch laptop at least for now because I have a laptop with windows 8 on it already and its 5 years old. Runs great by the way.

    I have been using my laptop for app development and I really need a tablet to test features out on.

    I think many of us are waiting on a full windows pads. I know I did not buy an iPad or Android pad because they have so many limitations on them. But I have to admit I was so close to buying an Android pad until windows 8 came out.
  • Touch becomes automatic

    I find that when working on non touch laptop or pc, at certain times and for certain functions, my hands will automatically move to touch the screen. It's just so much faster and I find that I am no longer using non touch that much and don't miss it. I imagine that the same thing will happen when voice and motion controls become available.
  • Those are touchpads not ideapads

    IdeaPads are tablets and they are ALL touch.
    • Ignore this.

      Why have the tablets and notebooks use the same name?