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With some designs, Lenovo has an uphill battle

The "Snowmountain" laptop doesn't scale new heights.


It may be time for Lenovo to reign in some of its designers. As much as we appreciated the way it integrated the "Cloud of Promise" Olympics theme into its red "Xiang" laptop, its latest effort is a little kooky.

The company has come up with a "Winter Edition" of its Y410 Audio DJ Series, featuring what it calls a "Snowmountain" theme on the lid of the 14.1-inch laptop. Mumbai-based TechShout says the computer, which was designed specifically for the Indian market, bears the outline of the world's five highest mountains--Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, K2, and Mount Everest (in ascending order)--to reflect a "vertical state of mind." The interior, meanwhile, "features a vignette of a mountaineer, scaling a peak that stand for the endurance, challenges, aspirations, and the constant climb towards quality and success."

With all that lofty symbolism, you'd think they would have put a little more effort into the artwork. Looking at this picture, we first thought a kid had taken a Sharpie to his dad's computer.