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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):

by MacNN Staff




  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    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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