Sharp Tech: Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Sharp Tech: Lenovo IdeaPad U1

By Alex Nino Gheciu

Oh, Lenovo. You’re China’s largest PC maker and that’s awesome and everything. But why are you so misunderstood? First the White House accuses you of using hidden spyware to gather classified intelligence. Then, when you try tidying up your image by sponsoring the 2008 Olympic Games, the public charges you with supporting China’s rule over Tibet. But at least you’ve finally realized that your best possible PR strategy is making kick-ass computers.

The IdeaPad U1 is an absolute game-changer in the portable gadget world, boasting the functionalities of a laptop and slate tablet in one. When connected together, the devices form a standard notebook running on Windows 7 and an Intel CULV processor. But at the flick of a switch, the 11.6-inch multi-touch screen detaches and becomes a 1GHz-powered iPhone-like gizmo allowing you to send emails, browse the interwebs, and log into social networking sites over Wi-Fi or a 3G mobile phone network. The two devices can be synchronized, so if you’re browsing on the laptop, you can detach the tablet and keep sniggering to yourself during Sunday mass.

Available in June with an estimated retail price of $999,

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