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Slim & light? Check.  Ultrabook? Nope.  Wallet friendly? Check.  Color options? Check.  So a Netbook then? Nope. Gaming ready? Kinda. At low to mid graphics settings.  That’s how I would describe the new Lenovo IdeaPad S300 & S400 laptops. These are not for those looking to assume the role of Alcatraz to beat the next Alien invasion in Crysis 2. Neither are these machines for people who must spend thousands of dollars irrespective of what they get in return. The S300/S400 laptops are essentially for value hunters.    We all know who the value hunters are. They churn out the endless excel sheets comparing specs of multiple products. It could be about the next car or even something trivial as a Bluetooth headset. They spend countless hours scanning forums, reviews and comments on Amazon.com. If you think these value hunters do this to save money, you would be wrong. All this effort is to ensure they get exactly what they are looking for and get the best bang for the buck!        These 0.9-inch-thick laptops may miss out on the ultrabook checklist by a mere 2mm but they hold their own when it comes to performing way beyond what was traditionally expected out of a budget machine. With a profile this thin, it’s remarkable that both the S300 and S400 offer Intel Core i5 processors and AMD Radeon 7450M...

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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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It’s that time of year again to honor the women who put us on this planet. Rather than flowers, chocolates or funny-smelling perfume, what better way to show a mother she’s appreciated than with a shiny, colorful, brand new… mobile device or PC? That’s right. I love it when I get technology gifts. Have you considered that the way to a woman’s heart today – your mama’s included – might just be through electronics? According to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), women’s interest in technology has increased in the last five years, with eight in every 10 women now interested in consumer electronics products. Even the spending gap between genders is shrinking; with women spending on average only $61 less on consumer electronics than men in 2011 (the CEA’s previous study calculated a spending gap of about $200). When it comes to mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, a recent study by Park Associates found that women are more interested AND likely to purchase these devices than men.  Not surprising when you think of the challenging schedules today’s moms face – juggling day jobs with family, social and extracurricular activities - all while attempting to stay unruffled and chic. Women want tools...

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Ninis Samuel is the global director of mobile product marketing for Lenovo, and is responsible for helping bring Lenovo’s new Android tablets to the market. His love for movies makes him particularly proud of the IdeaPad K1 Tablet – here’s why. My day job is leading the product marketing of our Android tablets around the world, so you could say it’s part of my job to talk up our new family of tablets, including the IdeaPad K1 Tablet and our ThinkPad Tablet, both running Android Honeycomb 3.1. Honestly though, the movie buff inside me is even more excited and proud that Lenovo’s tablets are the first Android tablets certified for Netflix! The IdeaPad K1 is the first in our tablet family out of the gate. It is available now in the U.S and will be more widely sold in various retailers and online starting in August. Netflix comes with the first system update. When you turn on the K1 tablet, shortly after connecting it to WiFi, you should receive notifications to download a system update and install Netflix either immediately or within a day. Even better, you can go into your settings and proactively download and install the system update right away. It’s something I highly recommend everyone do when they first buy a unit because in addition to...

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