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Lenovo launches its first non-Thinkpad branded notebooks

After plastering its name all over the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Lenovo is ready to blanket the entry-level market with its first non-Thinkpad branded laptops. Lenovo's new C100 series laptops start at $599 with the top model ringing in at $999.

All of the laptops feature a 15" XGA screen, Intel 915GM chipset, 3-in-1 card reader and weigh in at 6.2 pounds. The low-end $599 0761-22U comes with a Celeron M 370 processor, 256MB DDR2 memory, 40GB 5400RPM hard drive, Thinkpad A/B/G wireless, CD-RW/DVD drive and Windows XP Home. The top of the line 0761-26U features a Pentium-M 740 processor, 512MB DDR2 memory, 80GB 5400RPM hard drive, Intel A/B/G wireless  a DVD burner and Windows  XP Professional.

While the features  are pretty good for the money, Laptop Logic reports that the ergonomics on the new laptops are pretty bad:

Thinking back to the front loading optical drive, we see three out of the four USB ports on the back side of the laptop. Two are stacked on top of each other and the third is sort of...on the bottom lip of the laptop. You do get one handy USB 2.0 port on the left side though. We'd imagine most people don't want to have to turn the laptop around or fumble on the backside while trying to connect some device. What is even more perplexing is the placement of the 56K modem jack on the side while the LAN plug is on the back, albeit near a corner.




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