Author: Bob Buskirk
If you don’t want to use the ThinkVantage toolbox to get to the ThinkVantage tools you can also use the icon of a laptop that is in the taskbar. It will bring up a menu where you can access most of the ThinkVantage tools. Access connections allows you to configure all of your connections including WiFi, WiMAX and mobile broadband.
Rescue and Recovery allows you to create and restore the system to a backup. Lenovo has a base backup already in there so if you really mess something up you can backup and the system will be just like you received it.
The Power Manager allows you to change the system’s performance between high performance and high energy savings. You are also able to change all of the other power-specific options in this window. Another thing that is cool is that you are able to view the battery level and condition of the battery you are using.
The Active Protection System is something I’ve always liked on ThinkPad notebooks. It monitors the hard drive and when it detects a shock it will pause or stop the hard drive from spinning, which will prevent the hard drive from being damage if say you drop the laptop.
One thing that is really neat about this laptop is that it does have GPS built in. Just open the ThinkVantage GPS and you are able to turn it on and get your coordinates. You can also see your bearing, altitude and speed. The ThinkVantage Maps button will bring up a Google Map of your current location.
I really like the ThinkVantage System update. It will not only find Windows updates, but driver and software updates for everything in your system. It’s all in one easy to use location, which makes it better than using Windows update.