I don't understand the general criticism about lack of brightness. I have this notebook and I always set brightness to around 50%, and it looks perfectly fine to me. If I put it to 100% then it becomes just too bright. I use the xf86-video-intel Linux driver, but I suppose the Windows driver will work just as fine. One thing I agree is that the wireless connectivity could be better, but it's still perfectly usable. It seems Lenovo has chosen a low-power wifi adapter for this model to improve battery life (which, by the way, is amazing - 6 hours every time). The picture quality of the webcam could be improved, but it's enough for skype and stuff like that.
No, you don't need any driver. Just pressing Fn+space should work. The keyboard backlight doesn't seem to depend on the OS. For example, I run Linux and it works just as well. In fact, it works even before the OS has booted, so it seems to be a hardware thing.
I bought this laptop with freedos. What I understand is this laptop has illuminated keyboard based on this article, but when I press fn+space nothing happen. Do I need a special driver? Because I have look at lenovo's site and installed every driver that's relevant.
It is true. I am using this computer for the past 3 months, and is constantly annoyed by the ULTRA LOW brightness. Overall thoughts? Well the screen is crap, there is no built in LAN port, and has 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 instead of the other way round. The left palm rest can get uncomfortably warm. Other than that, it is a brilliant computer, with decent specs and a nice keyboard, I managed to run mainstream games like COD, Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed to medium settings. Startup time is quick also.
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