Lenovo has just expanded and updated its range of consumer laptops, all-in-one computers and desktop PCs, including the new Z Series IdeaPad multimedia notebooks. Offering top spec and stylish design in an affordable package, two of the range benefit from Intel Core processor and NVIDIA graphics options whilst a third is available with the latest AMD Phenom II. There's also a system that allows your face to be used as a system password.

Lenovo has announced three flavors of Z Series IdeaPads in two display sizes. The 13.3 inch Z360 and the 15.6 inch Z560 are both available with the latest Intel Core processor options and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The 15.6 inch Z565 changes sides for an AMD Phenom II processor option with integrated ATI Mobility Radeon graphics.

All of the new IdeaPads sport a classy chiclet keyboard surrounded by hairline and metallic effect styling, high definition 16:9 ratio displays, optional Blu-ray drive and Dolby Advanced Audio through two inch speakers. Connectivity is taken care of with three USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI for high definition output to TV, plus WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth.

Movie-lovers will appreciate the simplicity offered by the OneKey Theater II feature that enables video output optimization at the press of a single button and the security-minded may be equally pleased with the VeriFace recognition system which allows the use of a face as a password.

The threesome is scheduled for a June release with a suggested starting price for basic configurations set at US$649.

Other product news worthy of mention includes the announcement that Lenovo's IdeaPad U160 and U460s will benefit from Intel's new ultra-low volt processors and the company's A700 and B305 all-in-ones get a NaturalTouch fingertip touch screen technology option.

A list of upcoming Lenovo products and links to more information is available here.