updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu September 17, 2009
LG's WIDEBOOK series offers LED backlit displays
LG on Thursday announced the release of its WIDEBOOK family of notebooks, made up of the R380, R460, R480, R560, and R580. All have a 16:9 HD LED-backlit display and a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs. The R380 has a 13.3-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution, the R460 and R480 have 14-inch displays with the same resolution, while the R560 and R580 use 15.6-inch LCDs with 1366x768 panels or an optional 1600x900 display.
The range-topping R580 includes a Blu-ray drive, and all models support SRS TruSurround HD sound processing. The R560 and R580 offer standalone graphics processors in the form of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 130M or G 105M, while the R460 and R480 get only the G105M as an option, with the standard systems getting Intel's integrated GMA 4500. Standard RAM is fixed at 2GB, but can be doubled. Hard drives top out at 500GB, and can be preloaded with various incarnations of Windows Vista.
For communications, all five models have Wi-Fi and 3G access via a built-in modem. The notebooks also each sport an eSATA port and HDMI output as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam. All can be had in black or white, with the youth-oriented R380 also available in pink.
A Smart Pack software bundle includes Smart Indicator, which lets users choose which features they use most and get quick access to their selections. The R380 adds a Smart On feature that can boot the notebook is just five seconds for access to a web browser, messenger, games, photo viewer and MP3 player.
The WIDEBOOK notebooks will launch in many countries across the world, including North America, in September. Prices have not been announced.