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Lenovo debuts 3000 Y-series laptops

updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu November 16, 2006

Lenovo Y-Series Laptops

System builder Lenovo on Thursday launched the completely new Y series of portables under its mainstream 3000 label. As the company's first clear break from signature features inherited from IBM's ThinkPads, the Y series shifts attention towards media playback with the introduction of Lenovo's custom Shuttle Center controls. A scroll strip and button on each computer (pictured) lets the user quickly navigate and play music or videos through a custom Shuttle Center media management program. The flagship Y400 model also incorporates a 2-watt subwoofer into its chassis despite having only a 14-inch screen, better-suiting it to music without external speakers. The simpler, 13.3-inch Y300 model exchanges this audio performance for a webcam that can be used both for conversation and security, according to Lenovo: bundled software uses face recognition to grant access to the system without a special reader.

Both the Y300 and Y400 have a DVD rewriter drive as standard and are driven by Core 2 Duo processors as well as GeForce Go 7300 chipsets for added 3D performance. Lenovo plans a simultaneous launch of the Y-series variants for December 15th in southeast Asia; a North American launch is likely, but hasn't been announced. Photos of the two systems are available after the jump.

Y300 (13.3-inch):


Y400 (14-inch):




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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lenovo3000Y500

    My friend has just purchased two of the Y500 models loaded with Vista Home Basic and 512 Ram. They ran so slowly it is unbelieveable considering that they have a superb processor.

    One model I have reformated and Loaded XP Home.What a transformation in speed.

    My advise if buying ANY laptop or infact any P/C that is loaded with Vista have a minimum of 2GB Ram.The new all singing all dancing operating system from Microsoft has its Achilles heel RAM

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