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Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 Unboxed, First Thoughts

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Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y650 is the world’s thinnest and lightest 16-inch notebook/ The IdeaPad Y650 is designed to offer a full media experience, without the weight and bulk found in other 16-inch notebooks. Lenovo sent us an IdeaPad Y650 and I unboxed it today.

The IdeaPad Y650 comes in a box that’sthick considering how thin the notebook is.

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There’s not a whole lot in the box besides computer and the power adapter. There are a few CD-sized pamphlets with instructions to get setup and a flyer for a 14-day Napster trial.

 

 

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The Y650′s lid has a rubberized finish with a geometric pattern. It looks and feels good in the hand, but I disllike the enourmous Lenovo logo. sany0007

It’s hard to get over how thin and light the IdeaPad Y650 is. At only one-inch thick, it’s only slightly thicker and a couple of ounces heavier than my 15″ MacBook Pro. It’s much thinner than than HP’s and Dell’s 16-inch offerings.

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The keyboard and palm-rest area are white and an orange stripe wraps around the edges of the entire notebook. The trackpad and left/right-click buttons are enourmous. In fact, the touchpad and clickers dwarf my iPhone 3G in terms of width and height.

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The keyboard is set back pretty far, which means the palm rests function more like wrist rests. Despite all this room, the keyboard feels a little cramped. The right-shift, arrow keys and the entire top row of keys are all smaller than should be expected. All the white space around the keyboard feels wasted.

There’s a tray-loading DVD-RW drive that ejects towards the front of the notebook. 

I look forward to spending some more time with the IdeaPad Y650 and will be blogging about my experience with it.

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