Friday, May 11, 2007

Lenovo 3000 Y500

Sporting a silver-metallic finish, the unit is quite sturdy. Weight is 2 kg. Ergonomic keys require light strokes and are placed close together, while the generously-sized touchpad feels smooth to work with, and has ample space for wrist support around it.

The WXGA display provides excellent picture quality; viewability from wide angles isn’t a problem. Powered by a Core Duo processor, it doesn’t lack in the performance department either, churning out 38 fps at 1024 x 768 in Call of Duty. It encoded our test DVD to AVI video in 182 seconds, which is good.

The feature set is sound: the buttons on the front can be used for battery management, there’s a 1.3 megapixel camera on top of the display, and a media centre called “Shuttle Center” which can also be controlled using the bundled remote.

The face verification feature is also quite cool: it can distinguish faces accurately, and scans your face to log you into Windows. It even logs a cam-shot of the last user who failed the verification process, though it should be noted that the verification process can be bypassed altogether just by closing the window—no real security here.

The Dolby-certified surround sound subsystem situated on the front of the unit can be turned on or off via a switch; ditto the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Battery life is just about average with a running time of 2:33 hours under stress. Thanks to the vents provided on the left and back, the Lenovo works cool. The price of the Y5000—Rs 56,000—is just right, we think, for its configuration.

Intel Core Duo T2250 (1.73 GHz); 512 MB RAM; 80 GB 5400 rpm HDD; 15.4-inch 1280 x 800; Intel 945GM chipset; onboard graphics; slot-in DVD-RW; Intel 802.11a/b/g; Bluetooth, 10/100 Ethernet; FireWire; 1.3 MP camera; TV-Tuner, 6c Li-ion batteries; Windows XP Home

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