Chinese laptop maker Lenovo, keeper of fabled ThinkPad business brand, seems like its finally getting serious about making consumer laptops. The eagerly awaited Idea Pad U110 has just landed in the CNET Lab, and we're just as impressed with the design as we were when we first saw it back at CES 2008.
This 11-inch ultraportable reminds us of similar-sized systems such as the Sony Vaio TZ150 or the Toshiba R500--but with a newer 1.60GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7500, we expect it to be a faster performer. With a hi-res display (1,366 x 768), a 120GB hard drive, Bluetooth, and 802.11n Wi-Fi, it's got a lot over everyone's current favorite small laptop, the $399 Asus Eee PC--but we'll have to spend some more time with it to see if it's worth $1,899.
The IdeaPad U110 certainly looks like an expensive system, with some of the best aesthetics we've seen on a laptop. The red aluminum cover is etched with a subtle swirly pattern, and the large keys are similar to the ones on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, not the tiny finger-busters seen on other ultraportables.
We're currently running the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 through its paces right now, and will bring you a full review later this week.