Lenovo Introduces Media-Savvy IdeaPad Y560

When you mention Lenovo, you usually call to mind business-oriented laptops. The ThinkPad and IdeaPad lines have been staples of the business traveler - simple, black, and sort of boring, but priced right and very easy to work on. We haven't met a Lenovo keyboard or touchpad we didn't like. But a Lenovo laptop for media-minded consumers? Even for gamers? Surely that's heresy, right?

Today, Lenovo has made available the IdeaPad Y560, a product that might just get general consumers, and even gamers, to reconsider the brand. It has a slicker industrial design, with red accents and a textured lid, but it's what's inside that really has me intrigued. The entry-level model features a Core i3 330M CPU, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a quite capable Radeon Mobility HD 5730 discrete graphics chip with 1GB of video RAM. Not bad for under $1,000. You can step up to Core i5 dual-core and Core i7 quad-core CPUs from there, or add bigger 500GB 7200 RPM hard drives if you're wiling to spend $1,299. The top-end model boost the RAM to 8GB and is a bit pricey at $1,599.

So how about it? Would you consider Lenovo when buying a media-centric consumer laptop, or will the company never shake it's "business-only" image?

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