By Cisco Cheng  |  Posted 2006-05-31 Print this article Print

Within a three-month time span, Lenovo has launched three notebooks under its own brand: the Lenovo 3000 C100, the N100 and now the newest, the V100, the lightest of the three. With a 12-inch widescreen and an extended 56-Wh six-cell battery, the 4.4-pound V100 is a borderline ultraportable; and at just $1,649 direct, its one of the more affordable lightweights in this weight class.

The full-size keyboard provides one of the best typing experiences money can buy. I just wish Lenovo could have also found room for a TrackPoint rather than offering the V100s hit-or-miss touchpad. The V100s prize feature, however, is its built-in DVD+R dual-layer DVD burner—a luxury in a notebook this small. With it, you wont need to remember to carry around an external optical drive, as you do with the 3.2-pound Gateway E-100M. By comparison, the 3.6-pound HP Compaq nc2400 has a built-in optical drive and weighs less than the V100. Dont expect the speakers to be any good on a unit this small, but the V100s built-in fingerprint reader and Webcam help to make up for it. The tiny system also has three USB ports, a FireWire port, and VGA output.

Small businesses will appreciate the bundled management applications such as the Lenovo Care application, which is a toned-down version of the robust and feature-rich ThinkVantage suite.
Read the full story on PCMag.com: Lenovos Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Cisco Cheng is PC MagazineÔÇÖs lead analyst for laptops and tablet PCs. He is responsible for benchmarking, reviewing, and evaluating all laptops and tablet PCs. Cisco started with PC Magazine in 1999 as a support technician, testing printers, PC components, networking equipment, and software. He became the lead analyst for the laptop team in 2003 and since has written numerous reviews, buyer guides, and feature stories for both PCMag.com and the print magazine.

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