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Lenovo W520 laptop

Lenovo W520 laptop

Review of the Lenovo W520 15.6" laptop

User-friendliness

Simplicity is a big plus in modern computers and electronics. That does not mean that I want my gadgets dumbed down. I just hate to waste my time to figuring out how to use devices that are counterintuitive. The best user interfaces let you do complicated tasks without reading through an entire manual. I was a Mac lover from 1984 to 2002 for just that reason. As for the W520 notebook, aside from its built-in Windows operating system, this notebook easily met my standards for user-friendliness.
When I unpacked the W520, I took out the owner's manual and set it aside. I wanted to get right down to using W520's battery and charge it up before turning on the laptop for the first time.

The W520 comes equipped with a DVD drive installed, which I removed. This was easy to do even without consulting the manual. With a quick flick of a slide lock and pull on a handle, out popped the DVD module. That is what I mean by user-friendly. It could not be simpler.

Fingerprint Reader Security

Now I was ready to boot up the system. The W520 came with Windows 7. After the laptop booted up, Windows 7 prompted me to create a username and password. For enhanced security, the W520 features a fingerprint reader, which automatically launched with the initial boot-up and guided me through the simple process of enrolling my fingerprints. After I completed "enrollment," the W520 gave me the choice of restarting the system to fully activate the fingerprint security, or continue without restarting. I restarted. When the user authentication screen appeared, it gave me the option of sliding my finger over the fingerprint reader or typing in my password.

So, does this security function actually work? Yes, and the added options ensure that you will never be locked out of your computer. The ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software lets you choose how to authenticate user log-ins: password only, fingerprint only, or fingerprint and password. If you are the type of person that forgets passwords easily, the fingerprint reader is the perfect solution. If you are worried about your fingerprints getting lost or altered somehow (probably not worth worrying about, but you never know), the password option could put your mind at ease. You can also enroll all of your fingers, just to be safe. The options also let you determine the number of attempts and time allowed before lockout.
Lenovo W520 15.6 inch laptop

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