John Mese

Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 PCs Start 40% Faster With RapidBoot Technology

Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 PCs Start 40% Faster With RapidBoot Technology

With the recent announcement of the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3, it’s a great time for me to provide some additional information – to expand upon the news with background, a little more detail, and (hopefully) interesting tidbits from a behind-the-scenes perspective. EE3 was heavily influenced by the success of EE2 and all the feedback we received after its release.  We demonstrated our ability to shatter boot expectations and our ecosystem testing showed Lenovo PCs were, on average, the fastest available.  The most common responses were “that’s great but…” 1)      What about modestly configured systems (i.e. non-SSD)? or 2)      What happens in a few months after I’ve used it, won’t it slow down? We took this feedback and made sure to focus on addressing it in order to better satisfy our customers.  This meant ensuring that any improvements would span across the breadth of our product portfolio, especially rotational HDD-only PCs (still the largest volume configuration), and continue to work – even thrive – over time. RapidBoot in EE3 exists as two sub-technologies: 1)     ...

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Enhanced Experience 2012

Enhanced Experience 2012

Where is the Enhanced Experience at CES this year?  Rest assured we have some great technology we are working on for our 2012 systems.  But in the interim, I’d like to highlight one particular co-engineering effort that’s timely and a great example of what the Enhanced Experience is all about. One of the best parts of my job at Lenovo is collaboration with partners who share a dedication to providing the absolute best customer experience possible.  Take AuthenTec, for example, the company that makes the fingerprint sensor solution that ships on many Lenovo ThinkPad laptop PCs.   They understand one of the tenets of the Enhanced Experience development philosophy – never be satisfied, always strive for improvement.  With the advent of their new TCS5D smart sensor with the TCD51 biometric companion processor we looked together at ways to further improve the performance of the Power-On Authentication feature which allows users to quickly boot or resume their system from standby with the swipe of a finger.  Power On Authentication eliminates the typical delay and interruption of the laptop’s pause and the need for the user to enter a Windows password, enhancing the customer experience while also providing the protection of biometric security.  Any small improvement we could identify would translate directly to faster time-to-productivity for the end user. Here is a side-by-side video of the...

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John Mese, our resident Windows 7 optimization expert (there’s really a much bigger team behind the man), talks about how Lenovo is putting the brakes on idle time waiting for your PC to start. Here he shares how we did it, but like all good cooks, keeps the secret ingredient a secret. “Wow, can I see that again?” “When can I have this?” “OK, so how did you do it?” These were the common reactions to the ultra-fast-booting Lenovo computers we demonstrated a few weeks ago at CES in order to promote the release of the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0. We showed six PCs—three laptops and three desktops—all of which booted up in less than 10 seconds: IdeaPad Y570 IdeaCentre B520 IdeaCentre K330 ThinkCentre M90z ThinkPad T420s ThinkPad Edge E420s You can watch it here. It won't take long. Setting the Bar Honestly, when I first started working on this demo, I wasn’t sure if a sub-10-second boot time was achievable.  A standard/default install on the exact same hardware configuration was already pretty...

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