Power to SpareBy Frank Ohlhorst | 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.
Perhaps the biggest news here comes from the new Intel Centrino 2 processors (code name Montivina), which incorporate new features that increase throughput and reduce energy usage.
When tested with Performance Test v6.1, the SL400 was able to deliver a very respectable overall PassMark rating of 573.1. While that in itself is a very good score for an affordable notebook, the score is even more impressive when one considers that the sub-six pound SL400 offers close to 5 hours of battery life under typical use.
Although the SL400 proves to be a well designed, well constructed and well performing unit, there are a few nits to pick. First off, the unit offers integrated GPS, which is a great feature for those working out in the field. But, the integrated GPS only works when a SIM card is installed and a user has signed up for wireless broadband. It basically comes down to making a user pay additional money for a feature that can be found on any portable GPS unit (such as those from Garmin and TomTom).
The question becomes, if the electronics are present for the GPS system, why can't they just be used with out having to sign up for cellular broadband?