With its Spartan design and its numerous external ports of access, the Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop promises style, function and connectivity. While it may lack the same luster as its higher-priced competitors and may not be the flashiest product to come from Lenovo’s highly-touted 3000 line, it proves to be a solid doorstop for both the no-nonsense business person nurturing a budding business and the user at home.

Seeking The Middle Ground in Portable Computers

The Lenovo 3000 N200’s designers must have had a specific target market in mind (the aforementioned small entrepreneurs and ordinary users) during the pre-production phase, because they made it a point to load the model with Lenovo Care, a suite of utilities designed for ordinary users in need of immediate technical support, ranging from backup to maintenance to security. The threat of viruses and crashes wouldn’t seem as severe with the prospect of system recovery, thanks to its support suite.

Lenovo decided to keep the color scheme for this model cool and classy: the black and silver chassis appeal even to the most conservative executive. Tipping the scales at 6.2 pounds, the Lenovo 3000 N200 straddles that middle ground between the thin-and-light and the mainstream. It is packed with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.6GHz processor, a 120GB hard drive, a 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a DVD burner, which should mean that it can handle most if not all tasks thrown at it. It is also worth noting that the Lenovo 3000 N200’s battery and its capacity for 3D gaming give it its edge over other laptops in its range. Another sidelight: opening the laptop with a scan of the owner’s fingerprint is a blessing to those cursed with the curious inability to remember their passwords.

Plenty of Features for Less

The Lenovo 3000 N200’s tactile appeal centers on its keyboard. It is comfortable enough to accommodate the stretch of one’s fingers and quiet enough to muffle the barrage made by busy fingers. Multimedia controls (play, forward, pause and rewind) are also available. The sensory attributes of the model don’t end with the touch. Its 15.4-inch display would be the apple of anyone’s eye, from the office worker plowing through spreadsheets to the home user running a DVD: with a 1680×1050 native resolution, moving pictures are vivid. The N series’ trademark VibrantView or antiglare LCD panels let the light pass through the display with minimal diffusion, enriching the viewing experience: rich colors and sharp contrasts are preserved even in poorly lit environments. Even eye strain and peripheral glare from surrounding light sources are reduced.

Lenovo 3000 N200 Laptop Ports and Connections

The assortment of ports includes an on-and-off switch for the N200′s built-in Bluetooth and 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. Three USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jacks, a DVd burner and a VGA out line the right side of the laptop. A fourth USB 2.0 port, a mini-FireWire port, an Ethernet jack, an ExpressCard slot, and a flash-memory-card reader have their corresponding places on the left side. The back has the standard power connection, a modem jack and an S-Video out. All three sides are well used for connectivity purposes.

The Lenovo 3000 N200 comes with a one-year warranty. This latest offshoot from the 3000 line is best suited for those seeking the middle ground: not too light and not too heavy; not exclusively for the people running big business and not for the ones devoted exclusively to casual playing and browsing.

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Contributed by Arne Galang