LG has just recently introduced its new sub-notebook models, the LW20 among them. I should acknowledge LG devised a very cute-looking machine:
The exterior design is excellent. There are no unnecessary things here, and every detail has the optimal shape and size. The designers only overdid it a little with the notebook’s lid:
The dark-blue pearl color looks splendid and the logo fits nicely in, but the lacquered surface remains tidy exactly until the moment you begin to use the notebook. Your fingerprints are just too visible on it – this lid is a detective’s dream! And LG was not even kind enough to include a small cloth pouch to store the notebook in. You only receive a small micro-fiber napkin which I think you will have to use often. It’s not practical to work in gloves, but the LW20 loses all its external appeal when covered with your greasy fingerprints.
This notebook doesn’t have a lock to its lid:
It’s like with the rest of the reviewed devices – the hinge of the lid is made in such a way that you can’t possibly open it with only one hand. There’s a nice card-reader here as compensation:
The LW20 and some other models from LG are the only compact notebooks to be equipped with a reader of XD cards. The other reviewed notebooks don’t support that format.
The rest of the connectors are almost all located on the sides of the device. On the left side we have D-Sub, USB, FireWire connectors, headphones, microphone and line-in audio connectors, and an Express Card/34 slot:
I am not inclined to regard the availability of an Express Card/34 slot as a big plus of this notebook. There are almost no peripherals yet for this slot and when they do come out, this model is likely to have already become obsolete. The remaining space on the panel is given to a vent opening of the cooling system and this is right – a Pentium M 770 requires normal cooling even in a compact notebook. Besides the optical drive, the right panel carries a power connector and network and modem connectors:
The rear panel is almost entirely occupied by the battery, but there are also two USB ports, an S-Video output and a Kensington lock here:
The fan of the cooling system is placed wrongly:
When you hold the notebook on your lap, the air inlet becomes blocked and the processor begins to feel rather hot.