Lenovo. First it's sprucing up a few ThinkPads, next thing you know the company's adding to its Lenovo 3000 line of low-cost computers for small businesses. The new V100 ultraportable weighs 4 pounds (a bit on the heavy side for an ultra-p) and features a 12.1-inch wide-screen 1,280x800 display. For a so-called "budget" laptop, the V100 offers some nice perks, such as an integrated optical drive (with a dual-layer DVD burner option), an InstantOn media player, and an ExpressCard reader.
After spending a bit of time with the machine, I'm feeling pretty hopeful. Its wide screen is a welcome feature, and it includes the system utilities and support package that we've come to expect from the company that makes ThinkPads. It's not the thinnest or lightest laptop on the market (those honors go to the svelte Fujitsu LifeBook Q2010, or Lenovo's own , among others), but the Lenovo 3000 V100 has a leg up on the competition when it comes to price: the baseline configuration costs just $1,099. We look forward to putting it through the paces in CNET Labs and posting a full review soon., the