Lenovo Unveils Refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Revamped Think Lineup
Lenovo makes a big splash at CES every year with a bevy of new products, and 2015 is no exception. The world’s largest PC company is rolling out refreshed laptops, a new 24-inch monitor, and new ThinkPad Stack accessories.
The headliner product for CES this year is obviously the latest version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In order to commemorate over one hundred million cumulative ThinkPad laptops sold, the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received some meaningful updates including a PCIe interface for the laptop’s SSD that is said to boost storage performance by 80 percent.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has also been updated with Intel’s fifth generation Intel Core processors, which in turn has help improve battery life. Other updated features include a new three-button clickpad and a new FHD TN display (300nit) for base systems to replace the existing HD+ TN display (250nit).
While the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received the most notable updates, Lenovo hasn’t neglected the rest of the ThinkPad family. The ThinkPad X, T, L, and E series laptops have also all been upgraded to support fifth generation Intel Core processors.
The ThinkPad L450 and ThinkPad E450/550 series also receive some additional updates compared to their predecessors. The ThinkPad L450 has received a revised chassis design making it both thinner and lighter. Also new is an optional FHD IPS display. The ThinkPad E450 and E550 also receive next generation AMD discrete graphics, a new FHD display option, and an optional 3D RealSense Camera.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon ($1249) will be available in January, while the X250 ($1149), T450s ($1099), T450 ($849), T550 ($999), L450 ($699), E440 ($599), and E540 ($599) will all be available in February.
Joining the new ThinkPad laptops is the new ThinkVision X24 display. The 23.8-inch is incredibly thin at just 7.5mm and is borderless. Lenovo claims that this is the first monitor to use both PCM and a next generation Neo-Blade IPS panel. The FHD (1920x1080) ThinkVision X24 features 178-degree viewing angles, and supports both HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.
The ThinkVision X24 will ship in April with a price tag of $249.
The final pieces to the “Think” puzzle come in the form of the ThinkPad Stack. These ThinkPad accessories feature a magnetic, interlocking design that allows them to stack on top of each other to take up less space on your desk and cut down on clutter. The four ThinkPad Stack models include the ThinkPad Stack Bluetooth Speaker ($89.99), ThinkPad Stack 10000 mAh Power Bank ($49.99), ThinkPad Wireless Access Point ($199.99), and the ThinkPad 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive Kit ($199.99).
All of the ThinkPad Stack accessories will be available in mid-April.