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    A luxury Lenovo Chromebook leads new range of laptops, desktops and monitors


    Lenovo has announced a large number of new products prior to IFA 2019. These include Chromebooks, tablets, a laptop, all-in-one PCs and monitors, with a focus on affordability for most.

    And many of them will come on time for the holidays, albeit late for school visitors.

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    Affordable and portable

    One of the most important products in the range is the affordable, new Chromebook S340. According to Lenovo, it should be available in September and start at just $ 249 (around £ 210, AU $ 370).

    The Chromebook S340 is equipped with up to an Intel Celeron N4000 processor and 8 GB of LPDDR4 memory, giving it a stronger multitasking potential (i.e. more Chrome tabs) than many other Chromebooks available at this price. And up to 64 GB of eMMC storage should be sufficient for documents and apps.

    This Chromebook has a 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen and fast USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports that can open the door for useful external storage. However, it is worth noting that for many of these specifications Lenovo calls them "up to", so for the starting price of $ 249, the processor (CPU), memory (RAM), storage, and display configurations can be remarkably reduced.

    Although the Chromebook S340 has a 180-degree hinge, Lenovo also introduces a pair of 360-degree convertible Chromebooks to the C340 line. There will be an 11-inch and 15-inch model.

    The 14-inch C340 can be configured as the S340, but only weighs 2.6 pounds and does not offer a Full HD display option. The 15-inch model can meanwhile boost its CPU to an Intel Core i3-8130U with 4 GB DDR4 RAM and 128 GB storage (although still eMMC).

    A few tablets

    Lenovo also has new Tab M7 and Tab M8 Android tablets that will be released in October. The smaller Tab M7 starts at $ 89 (around £ 75, AU $ 135), while the Tab M8 starts at $ 109 (around £ 90, AU $ 165) for an HD version and $ 159 (£ 135, AU $ 235) ) for a Full HD model.

    They can turn their size, price and real Android experience into serious contenders for the best Fire tablet offers from Amazon later this year.

    Serious computers

    Although the Chromebooks and new tablets are better suited to users with basic computing needs, Lenovo is also launching the IdeaPad S540 laptop from $ 999 in October (around £ 830, AU $ 1,480).

    The IdeaPad S540 is a serious competitor in the Ultrabook category. It will contain various Intel Comet Lake processors, from a 10th-generation Core i3 to the six-core Intel Core i7-10710U. It will also have 8 or 16 GB RAM, up to 1 TB PCIe m.2 SSD storage and up to Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card. The 13.3-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 for an aspect ratio of 16:10 and has a brightness of 300 nits. All this makes it a very versatile option for computer users, especially those on the move thanks to the weight of 2.62 pounds.

    There is also the Ideacentre A540, a capable all-in-one PC with a 23.8-inch Full HD touchscreen or a 27-inch, Quad HD touchscreen. The A540 is powered by 9th-generation Intel Core T-Series processors and AMD Radeon RX 540X or 560X graphics card. It can also be supplied with 4 to 16 GB RAM and 128 GB to 2 TB PCIe SSD storage. The 24-inch model starts at $ 799 (£ 665, AU $ 1,185) and the larger model at $ 1,299 (£ 1,075, AU $ 1,925) with releases expected in September.

    Monitors to start up

    Rounding out the offer, Lenovo also has a 28-inch, 4K monitor with 99% coverage of the sRGB color space and 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 range. It also includes AMD FreeSync technology and will be just $ 299 in November (around £ 250, AU $ 445).

    There will also be a 34-inch curved gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz, an aspect ratio of 21: 9 and a WQHD resolution. It costs $ 479 (around £ 400, AU $ 710) with a launch in February 2020.

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