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Lenovo 3000 N200 Notebook - Lenovo 3000 N200 Notebook

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

So, all pretty standard stuff so far but what really sets the N200 apart from its baby brother is its superb screen. In fact I'm racking my brains to recall a better display on a notebook of this calibre.

Not only do you get the added real estate that a screen with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 provides, all the other elements of a good screen have also been taken care of. Brightness and contrast are on a par with much more expensive LED backlit screens and the backlighting is perfectly even without a hint of bleeding. Colours are accurate and balanced if ever so slightly subdued. And, not to let the side down, viewing angles are incredible.

In case you were wondering just what those extra pixels do get you, a 1,680 x 1,050 screen will enable you to view two A4 documents at 100 percent zoom side by side. Of course everything is smaller on screen so if you like to have big chunky icons and always make your windows fullscreen then you may be better off saving some money and going for the N100.

In everyday use, the N200 is more than capable and the nVidia graphics card is even able to play some rudimentary games, like the Sims 2 or World Of Warcraft. However, with nVidia's Direct X 10 compatible 8400 and 8600 graphics chips now available, there are considerably better options out there in terms of graphics. Also, if you plan to use this as a portable workstation you will definitely want to upgrade the memory to 2GB to prevent things grinding to a halt.

Our custom 2D benchmarks didn't reveal any unexpected chinks in the N200s armour though PCMark05 was a little less forgiving with the Acer Aspire 5920 once again proving it is a brilliant performer for the money.

Lenovo preloads its notebooks with plenty of software including Norton anti-virus with 90-days free virus definition upgrades, Intervideo WinDVD, Roxio Digital Media Basic, Diskeeper, and the aforementioned ThankVantage suite. I tend to uninstall all these and start from afresh when I buy a notebook but if you're looking to get going straight out the box, this lot should cover most of your needs.

For battery testing we are still relying on subjective testing until we find a battery rundown test we're happy with. On this occasion I copied a 711MB video file over the wireless then watched it for an hour and 20 minutes with brightness forced on full, after which there was about 40 per cent battery left. Recharging the battery and carrying out a number of everyday email, web browsing and word processing tasks, again with the screen on full brightness, the battery lasted for 142 minutes which is less than I would have hoped for. However, by using a few power saving measures I'm sure this could be increased by a decent margin.

Verdict

The Lenovo 3000 N200 is good business all-rounder with plenty of horsepower and a superb screen that will be perfect for mobile graphics presentations. Moreover, the inclusion of Lenovo's ThinkVantage applications makes it an easy drop in solution for company's setup with these facilities.

alligence

July 6, 2008, 2:13 pm

great laptop

Curry Muncher

July 13, 2008, 12:00 pm

i got 1 of these for my bday and its brillant, its worth every cent, its tough looks good, and the second best looking laptop lenovo makes.


only thing is that the speakers are placed awkwardly

Md Ziaul Islam

August 1, 2008, 9:00 pm

I had a strong desire to have one of the Lenovo N200, which is being the Lenovo 3000 family. Still searching for the price and help that some body will be kind enough to help me to provide me the opportunity of getting such a nice Laptop I have ever seen.

Bobo3

November 18, 2008, 2:09 am

Got this laptop about 5 month ago, its excellent. Runs Vista home basic smoothly with 3GB RAM. A few negative things about it:





1. No "home" and "end" buttons. Using the "Fn"+PgUp/"Fn"+PgDn instead is very annoying.


2. The surface around the buttons and touchpad will keep each and every finger print if you touch it.


3. The screen is fine but there is a mirror glare. You will see your face in it a lot.


4. The "mute sound" button will pop up the default windows volume bar from the systray, its annoying during movies when it switches from full screen and shows the desktop. The same with "+" and "-" sound buttons.

marco adel

December 2, 2008, 12:05 pm

u advise me 2 buy one??

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