Small sized ultraportable notebook
Overall User Rating (4.8 Out of 5 based on 20 ratings)
I purchased this netbook nearly a month back. There are few key points I would want to share which can influence your decision to buy Netbooks.
The importance of Optical Disc Driver: Lenovo provides a Recovery Disc software preinstalled which allows you to create a recovery Disc only one time. Its recommended that this is the first activity you should do before installing any software or update (as creating a recovery disc later might corrupt the process). It creates an image of the recovery in the disc which is approx 12 GB data (containing the Windows Starter OS and the Netbook drivers). So the catch is you have to take the recovery in DVDs which will become bootable and there is no DVD writer in Netbooks. I tried searching for the option of making a bootable 16 GB pen drive, but it wont allow you to do so.
Your options: Attach an external DVD writer and load the DVDs and start the process. External DVD writers costs between 1.8k to 2.7k. And do take the recovery in a good DVD like Sony R DVDs.
? User interface of Windows 7 Starter: Its almost comparable to Windows 7 Series OS, but few things to look out are there is no option to change Desktop Wallpapers and themes. You wont get the classy AERO them with transparent taskbars. Well in short it s the basic windows 7 theme which you get without installing the graphic card.
? The touchpad is as usually a bit small, but that s nt a very big deal as u can always us an external mouse which comes cheap and is more comfortable.
Now the points that makes it worth buying:
Firstly: Keyboard is a Joy: Its got the chiklet keyboard which makes typing an absolute joyful experience. The keys are well separated and quite isolated providing ease of typing for people with bigger fingers.
Secondly: I watched the full HD (1080p) version of the movie 300, and it processed flawlessly proving the 1.6 Ghz processor to be more than sufficient for watching normal or HD movies. FYI I was running some office applications and browsing the net parallel to it.
? The Quick Start button (QS button) present just above the power button on the left side of the screen is an innovative option which allows you to boot windows when it totally crashes down. It comes with a pre-built recovery, which has been provided a separate partition on Hard disc (addition to the one you take in DVDs) that cant be accessed through My Computer.
? Its very light and handy to carry around with you. Just 1+ kgs.
Verdict: Its almost the best choice if you are a student or ur priority is Surfing the net, watching movies, listening to music, working with Office and Adobe Acrobat or an interface for your tablet PCs, phones and iPods, and external Hard discs.
But if your looking for playing games or executing average graphic oriented applications like Photoshop, 3D max or even games like NFS most wanted This is not the stuff for you. You probably know what you want a buy. ;-)"