Lenovo 3000 V100

Lenovo's third 3000-series notebook released this year, the new V100, aims to satisfy the needs of mobile business customers with its trademark Lenovo Care tools, fingerprint security and sub-2kg form factor.


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Lenovo's third 3000-series notebook released this year, the new V100, aims to satisfy the needs of mobile business customers with its trademark Lenovo Care tools, fingerprint security and sub-2kg form factor. At the same time, it caters to those who want to have fun, with features such as InstantON DVD player, an integrated DVD optical drive, 12.1 widescreen display and onboard camera.

Howie Lau, general manager for Lenovo Singapore, in a press statement said that on-the-go business professionals today "want performance, reliability and value, but they also want to have fun." He believes the V100 will meet the "needs of their [small business professionals'] demands while providing a unique and fun computing environment." Lenovo also celebrated its first anniversary of operations after taking over IBM's PC division on May 1, 2006.

Upside
The key advantage the V100 has over its competitors is its Lenovo Care productivity tools which provide a simplified platform for small business users to perform system maintenance as well as utilize the features on the laptop. For instance, the one-button system recovery helps to diagnose and recover the operating system from a virus or spyware attack. Automatic software updates for Lenovo applications can also be scheduled to keep the machine in tip-top condition.

Mobile professionals will also appreciate the V100's lightweight 1.8kg heft, which is just about the norm for 12.1-inch widescreen laptops with onboard optical drives. What may also appeal to business customers are features such as the fingerprint scanner and integrated 1.3-megapixel digital camera (on selected models), in addition to 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

We like that Lenovo has included InterVideo InstantON and multimedia applications which allow playback of DVDs without having to boot up Windows.

Downside
As a business notebook, the V100 has pretty much all the features you can ask for. However, it is not without its drawbacks. While the laptop comes with an onboard optical drive, the drive is not hot-swappable. This means users cannot swap it for a second hard drive, second battery, or upgrade to a better optical drive or simply install a weight-saver.

Also noteworthy is the battery life of the V100. The six-cell battery is rated to offer up to 4.4 hours of usage, though it protrudes out behind the notebook and adds to the 1.8kg weight of the notebook. The three-cell option used to achieve the advertised 1.8kg weight comes without the unsightly protrusion, but users can expect a much lower battery time.

Outlook
With prices starting from around AU$2900 for a system with Intel's Core Duo processor and DVD/CD-RW combo drive, the V100 will appeal to mobile business users looking for a well-equipped yet lightweight computing solution.

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The Good:size, screen, price, cool operation, wake up time, keyboard (very close in feel to the BRILLIANT thinkpad keyboards), built in bluetooth and WLAN, battery life (with 6-cell)

The Bad:touchpad and buttons, pre-loaded software, easily scratched top

bought 1.66ghz t2300 with 512mb RAM. bought extra 1gb stick of RAM straight away. well worth the AUD$80 - and ABSOLUTELY necessary for fast operation. very happy with this lappy. did have to spend 2 or so hours uninstalling/disabling useless programs (necessary on most laptops these days). spend the time disabling some of the many lenovo features (backup, password manager etc etc etc) and you will notice the system speed improve dramatically. very fast wake up time - 5 or so seconds. nice and cool on the lap as well. great battery life with the 6-cell battery - 4+hours with wireless ON and screen on low brightness. more if you disable the wireless (5+ hours). touchpad and buttons crappy, but $30 buys a very nice wireless lappy mouse with dongle. my friend has a dell xps1210 which is thicker, heavier, slower (even with 2gb RAM and faster processor), inferior keyboard, and not as pretty (in my eyes and his). one point to note is that the top of the lappy (rear of the screen) does scratch rather easily. but only fine scratches really.. Overall a great 12" lappy for the price - i found one for AUD$1750...

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The Good:Size, thinness, processor, screen, keyboard, instant on feature,blue tooth, design ...

The Bad:too many slow programs installed, making the boot time longer than even the computers with old PM processor, after install a few big programs, it took about nearly 10 minutes to fully boot up and start working.

Since the booting time is just unacceptable (I only have 512 MB memory, 1.66GHZ Core duo T2300 processor), I have to disable lots of programs from starting up when booting, I even disabled TVT backup service and Lenovo care and message center and more, workstation also disabled, what more, I removed the nasty N***anti virus program!! After all these, it still took about 3:30 to 4 minutes to fully boot up and starting working. The backup service just eating hard drive like a monster pig, just a few days, 25GB spaces already taken (I added only about 5GB programs and files)

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"Packed with lotsa of features in such a small package.. neat!"

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