While most of the Lenovo attention of late has centered around the mysterious Reserve Edition and Olympic-trained lappies, the firm hasn't forgot about the budget set in the meantime. The 3000 series is seeing the new V200 machine get a jolt with Santa Rosa, and aside from the 1.8GHz T7100 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, this 12.1-incher now boosts a 160GB SATA drive, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, a WXGA VibrantView display, built-in 1.3-megapixel camera, and up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM. Furthermore, you'll find Intel's X3100 integrated graphics set, a dual-layer DVD writer, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a three-cell Li-ion battery, and a weight of just around four pounds. A few extra touches include one-touch system recovery, a fingerprint scanner, Windows Vista, a trio of USB 2.0 ports, 5-in-1 multicard reader, audio in / out, stereo speakers, 4-pin FireWire, an ExpressCard slot, VGA output, and a 56k modem for fetching internet the old fashioned way. The V200 looks to be shipping in "one to two weeks," and the while the base configuration will run you $1,199, those oh-so-necessary upgrades will elevate that figure quite a bit.

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Lenovo 3000 V200 ultraportable gets a taste of Santa Rosa