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.
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.