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K320 Models

2010-02-11, 3:33 AM

Does anyone have a list of K320 models and options?  Any Lenovo employees out there?  

 

You'd never guess from the Lenovo website that the K320 even exists.  

 

Thanks! 

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-13, 20:43 PM

So far, I've found two models listed at resellers:

3019-1AU  I3-530 chip 6gb 640gb Intel graphics no tuner no wifi $599 In stock at various resellers

3019-1BU  I5-750 chip 6gb 640gb NV310 graphics tuner    wifi    $799 Sears.com (out of stock)

Any other sightings? 

 

Brian

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-13, 20:51 PM

Found it!  With help from Google, here's the sekrit Lenovo spec sheet for all K320 models.  Don't tell anyone!

 

http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/icbook.pdf

 

Now we just need the Lenovo website to admit they exist.

 

Brian

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-18, 14:06 PM

Got my K320 6Gig ram at Walmart $598. The only problem is that it came with Windows 7 Premium 64-bit and not with Professional 64-bit as WalFart advertised. Dealing with Walmart about it. Otherwise for the price it a good machine and really like the OEM restore and/or you can make a user restore. i work my machines hard and so far I don't have any problems....

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-18, 14:58 PM

Thanks for the mini-review.  It was Walmart's fault, the Lenovo specs clearly say Premium for all models.  Good luck getting anything out of Walmart, though.  

 

Just for fun, I worked my way up the Lenovo sales chain yesterday.  The chat people (who are generally useless) said they had no idea when Lenovo would get K320s, try the email.  The email support said call sales.  The sales guy (an experienced IBM'er) said they had no clue, that Lenovo ships them more or less at random to various resellers and Lenovo won't put them on the webpage until they have some in stock or think they will shortly.  You'd at least think they'd put up a "coming soon" notice.

 

The sales guy said to just hang in and in the next month or so Lenovo might get some, or I can just wait until the 1BU's start showing up at resellers.

 

Let us know how your machine works out, and if you find any serious issues.

 

Brian

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-19, 8:54 AM

Thanks for the link to read the specs of the K320.

I have the 3019-1AU model.

I see that it comes with a measly 280 watt power supply. So in order to install a decent video card anyone with this unit would have to upgrade the power supply as well.

Again other then that, its fast and QUIET.

 

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Re: K320 Models

2010-02-19, 16:35 PM

According to the Lenovo specs, the high-end 1CU model (if we ever see one) runs an ATI Radeon HD 4650 off the 280w power supply, so maybe you don't need to upgrade.  The ATI pulls 75 watts, but ATI does recommend at least 400 watts total. 

Personally, I'm waiting for the 1BU model, with an Intel I5 and an NVIDIA GeForce 310.  The NVIDIA draws 30 watts and they recommend 300 total, so that's closer.  The 1BU should sell for around $799. 

Keep us posted!

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Re: K320 Models

2010-03-19, 18:31 PM

And finally, FINALLY, Lenovo admits that the K320 exists and offers them for sale (well, for shipping in 18 days, anyway). 

 

But there is a strange development.  Lenovo has moved away from the 1AU-1BU-1CU models and introduced a new line of 1DU-1EU-1FU models, with higher prices and if the webpage is correct, less features.

 

Let's take a look:

 

1AU (available at many resellers for $599)

i3-530, 6GB, 640GB, Intel HD, no tuner

 

1DU (available only at Lenovo for $849)

i3-530, 4GB, 500GB, Intel HD, no tuner

 

Great choice, eh?  Hope you don't need that missing 2GB,140GB, or the $250 extra cash.

 

1BU (available at many resellers for $799)

i5-750, 6GB, 640GB, GF310, tuner

 

1EU (available only at Lenovo for $999)

i5-750, 4GB, 640GB, GF310, no tuner  

 

Bye, bye, 2GB and the tuner, for $200 more.

 

1CU (never available, but listed at an estimated price of $1084 at some retailers)

i7-860, 8GB, 1TB, HD4650, tuner, Blu-Ray

 

1FU (available only at Lenovo for $1299)

i7-860, 8GB, 640GB, GF320, no tuner, no Blu-Ray

 

The HD4650 was no great prize as a graphics board (no DX11, for example) but the GF320 is an insult when paired with an i7.  And bye, bye, 360GB, the tuner and the Blu-Ray, all for $200 more)

 

Well, at least we now we know.  I ran to Amazon and one-clicked one of their last 1BU's for $799.  A real deal compared to the new specs and prices. 

 

I've had IBM/Lenovo desktops for over 10 years, and looking forward to this one.  By all accounts, the machine is just fine, and the folks here seem happy with theirs.  I just wish Lenovo would get their marketing act together.

 

Will let you know how it works out!

 

Brian

 

 

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Re: K320 Models

2010-04-06, 18:57 PM

I just ordered the K320-1EU.  As was referenced in other posts, the available specs on the web are weak.  The 1EU wasn't listed in any of the product reference documents.  Anyone out there have one or a way to find specs?  Thanks

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Re: K320 Models

2010-04-06, 19:52 PM

Welcome to the forum, Bob, and welcome to the wacky world of Lenovo marketing.

 

As described above, Lenovo initially released the K320 in three models, 1AU/1BU/1CU,  with the3/5/7 chips.   They shipped quite a few 1AU's and 1BU's to various resellers.  When they finally started selling them on the Lenovo website, they changed the features a bit and released them as 1DU/1EU/1FU models, with dramatically higher prices.  Fortunately they have come down since then, but they are still about $50 more per model and with less features. 

 

You ordered a 1EU, which is the I5 model.  The original 1BU had 6GB of memory, and the newer 1EU model only has 4GB.  Unfortunately,  the website no longer has a column for tuner, so we don't know if you get a TV tuner or not.

 

I ordered a 1BU  from Amazon a few weeks ago, with 6GB and the tuner for $795.  They still have one left in stock,  and if you can't find it there, many other resellers still have them in stock for around $800.  Also, Lenovo is quoting a 10 day shipping period, and there have been many reports here about long delays.  So you might want to think about cancelling the Lenovo order and picking up the Amazon one, or one of the other resellers.

 

The good news, I'm really happy with my 1BU, and I'm going to write a full review soon.   Hope you enjoy yours!

 

Brian

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