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Lenovo 3000 C100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and keyboard are on the whole positive. The build quality and battery are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the resolution and usability.

value for money, battery, build quality, keyboard, design

screen, portability, sound, usability, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo 3000 C100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 49 reviews)

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Lenovo 3000 C100


Low-cost, all-purpose laptop is speedy, but its design won't dazzle.

Includes lots of features for the price

Design is fairly basic

This affordable notebook has a basic design but long battery life and fairly robust features for the price.

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Lenovo C100 as a Budget Vacation Laptop Review (pics, specs)


I was leaving for a family vacation, and needed a basic computer that was cheap for going through airport security, tossed around on a plane, and used daily out on the Atlantic coast in salty sea air in insane humidity and heat. I also wanted the...

CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP! Very sturdy, takes anything you can throw or lean on it Business feel at a fraction of the cost

Screen could have better viewing angles Space bar needs to be pressed centered, or it won't register. The forward ejecting optical bay might cause problems for lap use

For the price this laptop gives you everything you need for a mobile computing platform. A capable processor, extremely good battery life, a very bright screen viewable in direct sunlight, and a sturdy keyboard that is quite pleasant to type on all day...

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Lenovo 3000 C100


The first Lenovo-branded notebook looks bland but offers plenty of bang for the buck.


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Lenovo C100 Review (pics, specs)


This is a review of the new Lenovo 3000 C100 (SKU # 0761-26u). The C100 is a new model from Lenovo that is targeted at the average consumer or small business buyers, and comes in a lot cheaper than the more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad business models. So...

Built like a tank, could stand up to the everyday abuse we as people generally give laptops Many quality parts used inside the laptop Does not sacrifice build quality while also being on a budget, good price

Screen seems washed out, and colors easily distort depending on the viewing angle Non-upgradeable battery Some might not like the front positioned DVD drive

This laptop has really won me over. I was expecting a low end laptop with more creaks and flex than an empty soda can, but was surprised with an incredibly durable laptop. Lenovo really pulled through on the design of this laptop. I wouldn't bat an eye...

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Lenovo 3000 C100


Lenovo has been sitting patiently, waiting to take the stage with its own brand of notebooks, but this is not the grand entrance I was anticipating. While the Lenovo 3000 C100 ($999) is a capable value notebook for small businesses and home offices, it...

Good management suite for a budget notebook. Good heat management. ThinkPad-like keyboard

Noisy mouse buttons. Plain-looking chassis. Bulky

It's the first Lenovo-branded laptop—and it is decidedly not a ThinkPad.

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Lenovo 3000 C100


I've been using this laptop for more than a year. Being a student - mostly for programming, assignments, music and plenty of movies. I have been using the laptop quite extensively. leave it up running for a couple of days when I test a web server...

sturdy, good performance, good customer support

aesthetics may be too plain for some

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Lenovo 3000 C100


The battery life is really good and the keyboard is like Thinkpad, which feels really nice. XP pro is a much more efficient system than Vista. For a price like $400, it is a steal. My only compain is that LCD looks a little washed out. As for the ram,...

Battery Life. Keyboard. Xp pro

medicore LCD, 512MB RAM

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Lenovo 3000 C100


I haven't been always looking for a inexpensive but sturdy laptop for my daily use. And I think C100 just fits my need. It doesn't have a fancy looking. But it is solid built. Everything works fine. I will need to add 512MB more memory so XP can run...

Solid, Sturdy, Inexpensive

CPU is old-school. 1GB memory would be much better. LCD is not ultra bright

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Lenovo 3000 C100


This is an old model, but it still is more than acceptable for a mobile unit that is used for business tasks. Unless you are doing an exceptional amount of multitasking, or need this unit to display a lot of graphic intensive multimedia, it will suit...

Lenovo quality, XP Pro, 15" screen

Needs more RAM than what is included, media loads from front not side

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Lenovo 3000 C100


This was a great bargain from Office Depot 390.00 after rebate. The look of the C100 isn't very striking, but the price point is very nice. The selection of ports is good. This is a basic notebook but it does the job for basic surfing and basic office...

Low price, ThinkPad-like keyboard, keyboard is "ThinkPad-like" meaning it's a good keyboard, but not quite the same as a 7-row fully blown ThinkPad keyboard

Screen looks washed out, the oddly positioned front loading CD drive is annoying

Product Specifications

The Lenovo C100 notebooks are designed for mobile small-business professionals who want worry-free, yet powerful PCs that offer wireless connectivity, built-in service tools and multi-media features. Encased in a stylish and functional design, the C100 combines a sleek silver exterior with solid performance for the value- and service-concious professional. From the makers of the award-winning ThinkPad, the C Series notebooks feature Lenovo's world-class engineering that delivers high quality and reliable notebook PCs. Weighing in at 6.2 pounds, the C100 offers complete connectivity features, such as integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN, Bluetooth (select models) and 10/100 ethernet and modem, and multimedia capabilities, such as stereo speakers with an integrated microphone for playing and recording audio and an integrated combo or DVD recordable drive. At 1.3-inches thin, the C100 also incorporates a 3-in-1 multi-card reader for downloading digital pictures, four USB ports and FireWire and S-Video slots. The C Series includes an Intel 915 GM Chipset with choice of either Pentium M or Celeron M processors. Select models also feature Intel Centrino mobile technology. Mobile users will benefit from an 8-cell lithium ion battery offering up to five hours of battery life and Lenovo's industry-leading keyboard.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)/5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:15in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo 3000 C100 / Lenovo C100/Lenovo C100

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:400MHz/533MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD-Writer
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.6GHz/1.73GHz
Processor Number:370/730/740
Type:Celeron M/Pentium M


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900