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Monday, December 13, 2010

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Giveaway Contest Ends Soon!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:06 PM

Just a quick reminder that the giveaway contest for a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is ending in roughly three hours - this all-in-one desktop computer worth $1308 USD is a fast, capable computer that would be perfect for a variety of scenarios and locations - check out my full review here. Enter the contest now!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Quick Peek at the Lenovo U260

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:30 AM

"Brad over at Liliputing spent some time getting a tour of the brand new 12.5-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U260 notebook that launched recently from a Lenovo rep – it certainly looks great and it’s very thin but that’s at the expense of the non-removable 4-cell battery that’s guaranteed to run out of juice pretty quickly (about 4 hours)."

Want to look classy while pecking away at your computer? The Lenovo U260 has a fine, book-like sheen to it and will surely make you look sophisticated at your local coffee shop. It is all about the styling with this laptop, though its squarish looks are bound to turn some people off. The full metal case looks shiny but scratches are bound to show up like a sore thumb, especially if the paint is skin deep. It does look a good ultra-lite laptop and with a Core i3 or i5 CPU, it is a step above netbooks which are similar in size.

Tags: hardware, lenovo, u260

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Promo Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:00 PM

I hadn't heard of this upcoming product until watching this video, but it sure does look quite nice - assuming the price point is right and the battery life is decent, I thin Lenovo could have a real winner on their hands here!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Win a Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 05:30 PM

"Click here to enter for your chance to win a Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 notebook. This sleek 13-inch notebook boasts a fast Core i3 processor, 3GB of RAM, a spacious 500GB hard drive, and facial recognition for unlocking the PC. It even supports 4G WiMAX connectivity."

It's always nice to contemplate winning something over the holidays, so here's your chance to win a Lenovo IdeaPad Z360. Click, and complete a short questionnaire from Laptop. If this isn't your cup of tea, there will be a new survey/drawing drawing each week for the next eight weeks. A pretty good way to end 2010, I'd say.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

3D Gaming On The PC In 3D

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM

"In fact, it’s a natural fit. The PC games we’ve been playing for years are already rendered with a 3D engine—stereoscopic technology and a suitable set of glasses just bring them to life. Newer games will only optimize that potential. Add to this a spate of Blu-ray 3D movies coming down the pike and you can see why the PC is well within the clutches of this latest trend."

If promotions and marketing is any sign of anything, life was a boring, dull, drab existence before 3D came along. In order to live life to its fullest and die happy, you need a 3D display. Even computing was nothing before 3D came along. Games will magically be exciting. Spreadsheets will pop out at you. YouTube videos will become entertaining. All thanks to the 3D revolution! If you have bought all the hype, Maximum PC has a guide that could help you make your choice when stepping into the wonderful world of the third dimension. It is fortunate that I like things dull because going 3D also appears to cost a fair bit more than your more pedestrian consumer electronics.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lenovo's 3D Laptop Reviewed

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 05:00 AM

"Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D is an interesting system that initially caught our eye thanks to its 3D-capable display. 3D films and TVs have been declared hot ticket capabilities by the film industry and TV manufacturers, but this is the first 3D-capable notebook we've had in house. The Y560D isn't the only 3D laptop on the market, but it's priced with more of an eye towards mainstream consumers; most 3D notebooks to date have been aimed at the high-end/enthusiast market. At $1399 on sale the 560D isn't cheap, but it's a more affordable than most of the competition."

Check out the full review, but the short version is that for other than the 3D obsessed, there isn't much to do with this laptop. And even for those, this laptop isn't really ready to do it well.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Attack of the 10 inch Netbooks!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM,2751.html

"Mobile systems have long been on our to-do-list. These days, nearly everyone has a notebook. However, picking the right notebook isn't like choosing a CPU, graphic card, or memory kit, where you can just simply swap out one piece for better performance. While there are those rare few who upgrade, the options are still limited (hard drive and memory). For the braver few, a mobile processor might be on the menu."

According to the media, there may not be many of you left who want in on the netbook fad, but Tom's Hardware has put up a good review of a whole collection of current generation 10" notebooks. 10 inches seems to be the sweet spot for these mobile warriors with just enough screen real estate to get some light browsing done, but not too big or expensive to creep into notebook territory. The newest batch seems capable of some decent video playback, you still should not expect a seamless HD watching experience. The biggest problem may be that anyone who wants a netbook may already have one, and while the new models are shiny, they fail to compell customers to think that their old mobile companion is worth letting go.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lenovo Helps With Living On The Edge

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:00 AM

"This time around the ThinkPad Edge 11 sports new AMD Nile single and dual core processors as well as Intel’s Core i3 / i5 processors. Sounds good? not if you’re in the US – Lenovo has no plans to release this stateside, you’ll have to do with the ThinkPad X100e. Prices start at $450 for the AMD version and $550 for the Intel version. It’ll come in black glossy, black matte or red and should be available from today somewhere in the world."

When I think ThinkPad, I think high-quality, business class laptops. I have had my share of ThinkPads, and every single one has been a rock solid trooper. What is probably more pleasing to me is to see that the TrackPoint is far from dead. Short of an external mouse, it is my favourite pointing device on laptops, multi-touch trackpads be damned. But what is it with this trend towards having glossy screens? I have no desire to see myself whenever I use my laptop. It can be far too embarassing to see my own mug when I want to computer. Who here actually enjoys glossy over matte?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lenovo X100e: Small, But Still a ThinkPad

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:00 PM

"First things first: regardless of pricetag, Lenovo's ThinkPad X100e is a pretty nice ultraportable. Performance is solid if unexceptional, and the Radeon HD 3200 can even handle some mild gaming if you ask it nicely. What you're really looking at with the X100e is the superior keyboard and build quality, and these things really go a long way."

AnandTech's review pretty much parallels my own experience with the Lenovo X100e, both love it and hate it. Love it: it provides the illusion of true "Thinkpadedness" by offering arguably the best keyboard in its class, coupled with a very good trackpad, and the ubiquitous trackpoint nestled within the keyboard. Millions of Thinkpads have been sold just for the superior keyboard experience and solid build quality. It's also light and easily transportable. Hate it: the AMD processor is a generation old (Athlon Neo MV-40), somewhat slow, and heats up the left side and bottom nicely. The screen is perfect for writers and authors, handling text and simple graphics with aplomb, but with rather small onscreen standard fonts (at 1366x768) make it less than ideal for more intensive graphics activity and light gaming. And battery life disappoints: I get barely more than three hours of untethered usage. And then there is that heat.

All that being said, the X100e can be easily upgraded with an SSD to improve performance, along with adding additional RAM. But still, the "older" AMD platforms come out second-best in comparisons with anything (current generation) Intel inside, and the cost quickly increases with upgrades. That takes me back full-circle to the keyboard and trackpad, still amongst the best in the business. Lenovo's online outlet may be a good choice for finding a reasonably-priced (refurbished) X100e, many with the "newer" AMD Turion Neo X2 processor. I really do like my X100e, but wish that the processor were a bit more robust, and that the heat problem would go away (SSD?).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

IdeaPad Y560d - The First 3D Notebook from Lenovo

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 06:00 PM

"It's in theaters and the latest TVs, so why not laptops, too? 3D technology is creeping into all types of consumer electronics, and Lenovo is getting into the game with the IdeaPad Y560d, the company's first 3D notebook. Using TriDef technology and a bundled pair of glasses, the Y560d ($1,399 through, as low as $1,099 through online retailers) lets you watch movies, enjoy photos, and play the latest games in 3D."

A 15-inch, 6.2-pound entertainment laptop with an added bonus of a passive 3D display, the Y560D is able to display 3D video, play 3D games, and display 3D photos, all for about $1100. Styling is in the 'love it or hate it' category, and performance is near the head of the pack. This system uses lower-cost passive TriDef 3D technology, providing a true 3D experience using glasses, but also a (subjectively) lesser experience than with a system equipped with NVidia's 3D Vision active technology and shutter glasses. In fact, the reviewer complained that he got queasy after using different 3D modes, so it appears that this technology is still 'version one' quality. 3D gaming, while good, appears still in its infancy, and 3D viewing of non-3D movies had some viewing problems. 3D photo viewing worked well for pictures taken with a 3D camera, but 2D photos were nothing special. Lenovo offers a 2D version of this laptop, the Y560, for a few hundred dollars less, and the only real option is adding 8GB of RAM. Bottom line: A powerful laptop, with great graphics, very good sound, a good price for 3D, but with mediocre battery performance, and for a 15-inch laptop, a bit on the heavy side.

Tags: hardware, lenovo, 3d, y560d

Touchscreen Futures at Lenovo

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 05:00 PM

"As a master inventor and director of strategic technologies for Lenovo's Research and Technology team, Jamie Rutledge helps Lenovo's consumer and commercial business teams navigate the plethora of touchscreen technologies and decide which ones make it into new products. Jamie explains his take on why more technology choice is a good thing."

Lenovo's Jamie Rutledge explains that for Lenovo, "one technology definitely does not fit all" when it comes to touchscreens. Use case requirements (and the underlying optical screen technology) are much different for a stationary all-in-one computer (desktop) used indoors than for a laptop, whose user needs are closer to today's typical touchscreen mobile phone. Lenovo thinks that today's touchscreen technologies will survive into the foreseeable future, with additional technologies arriving on the scene.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Review of Lenovo's Hot IdeaPad U160

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 02:00 PM

"An 11.6-inch laptop with a Core i7 processor. Does the Lenovo IdeaPad U160 really need more of an introduction than that? Believe it or not, the ultrathin laptop you're peering at above isn't much larger than a 10-inch netbook, but instead of packing underpowered parts (ahem, Atom) its got one of Intel's most powerful ultra-low voltage processors."

There are many descriptions of Lenovo's IdeaPad U160: Hot, Scorcher, Burner - and this speedy laptop is all that and more. Sporting an Intel ULV Core i7 processor, it handles HD content with aplomb, but at the expense of battery life (around three hours) and at the risk of roasting your lap. Bottom line is that there are cheaper laptops available that perform as well for less than $1149, have much better battery life, and won't give your lap quite the same roasting. Personally I'd buy the Toshiba Portege R705 at $799, and get a slightly larger screen, similar weight, great performance and better battery life.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laptops That Sip the Juice

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 03:00 AM

"When it comes to battery life, you can’t just trust manufacturers’ lofty claims. That’s why we test the endurance of every notebook we review with a script that surfs the web continuously over Wi-Fi until the battery is completely drained. These five notebooks, ranging in size from 10 inches to 15 inches, each earned close to or greater than 8 hours of juice on a single charge. One lasted more than 10. With that much gas in the tank, you won’t have to refuel for a full work day, maybe even longer. Have fun leaving that power cord at home."

My wife's Asus will eek out 6 or 7 hours, so she'll often forgo the power adapter for a trip of just a few days. If you are tired of always being tied down to a wall outlet, you may want to check out the full review and especially the HP Mini 5102 which gets and impressive 10.1 hours of web surfing on a single charge. Lenovo, Acer, and 2 Mac's round out their top 5.

Tags: hardware, hp, acer, lenovo

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