Wi-Fi StaticBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-07-15 Email Print
Lenovo's latest SL series notebooks may not be the thinnest or lightest around, but they do pack a punch thanks to Intel's Centrino 2 technology.
Another issue concerns the integrated Wi-Fi support. Connecting to encrypted Wi-Fi networks using the Lenovo branded Access Connections application proved to be balky at best. Some networks protected by WEP encryption could not be accessed when using the proper WEP key. Disabling Lenovo's Access Connections application and using the connection tools included with Windows Vista corrected the problems.
One of the more interesting aspects of the SL Series is the whole concept of SMB design. After carefully evaluating the unit, many of the "SMB hardware specific features" are just as well suited for enterprise and mainstream use.
Where the SL Series starts to show its SMB colors is in the software services available and not so much the hardware. Lenovo is using the SL series to launch a trio of services, including hosted backup, theft prevention and enhanced protection. At this time it is hard to tell if those service offerings will be a bonus or a bane to the channel. One can assume that if Lenovo is successful with those add-on services on the SL series, then those services will be sure to appear on other products in the future.
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