While most of the Lenovo
attention of late has centered around the mysterious Reserve Edition
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.