Lenovo's IdeaPad notebook line basically takes their staid but solid engineering and design and candycoats them with more consumer-oriented flourishes, like textured magnesium lids, shiny keys and touch media controls. J&R has a "coming soon" listing for the sweet 11.1-inch widescreen U110 shown at CES for $1,999, configured w/ a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L7500, 3GB DDR2 RAM and 120GB hard drive. It also has HDD crash protection in case you drop it, plus face recognizing biometric logins. It weighs in at 2.3 pounds, actually a little lighter than the CES spec. If the X300 is a bit too boring or pricey, this might be your ultraportable. [JR via JKontherun]
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