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Lenovo is getting ready for the back-to-school shopping season with the announcement of the new ThinkPad X131e laptop. This 11.6-inch laptop features a rugged design to ensure it withstands the demands of students and school. The ThinkPad X131e is available with dual core AMD E-300 and E2-1800 APUs with AMD Radeon graphics or Intel Core i3-2367M and Intel Celeron 877 processors with Intel HD Graphics. Other features include Dolby Advanced Audio, USB 3.0, and a low-light webcam. Lenovo says the ThinkPad X131e's battery should last up to 8.5 hours. The laptop weighs less than four pounds. Pricing for the ThinkPad X131e starts at $499. New Ruggedized ThinkPad Laptops Are A+ Classroom Performers... Read more...
ThinkPad historians may recall Lenovo's X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year. Both were formidable machines, but Intel's 3rd-gen series of Core processors weren't out yet. Turns out, that kind of horsepower was missing in certain models. Now, however, the company's dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs are out in full force, bringing a nice boost in computing throughput as well as energy efficiency to a space that's begging for both. The Lenovo ThinkPad X230T is a netvertible in its truest sense. Open it up, and it's a 12.5-inch ultraportable notebook that seems a bit heftier than the competition. Spin the reversible IPS panel around and fold it down, and you've got yourself... Read more...
These days, it seems we're hearing more and more about tablets eating away at market share that was once ruled by netbooks and notebooks. Netbooks we can believe -- we haven't seen a compelling wave of new netbooks in months -- but are people really choosing tablets with limited functionality over full-scale laptops? That argument is expected to hit an even higher note once Windows 8 launches this autumn, bringing a full "desktop operating system" to a tablet form factor. But for now, there's Windows 7, and that's exactly what's onboard Lenovo's newest convertible tablet, the ThinkPad X230T. ThinkPad historians may recall the X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year.... Read more...
An Ultrabook? A netbook? Something in-between. Maybe this one's just a standard notebook, and that's perfectly okay. Lenovo's ThinkPad X130e is now shipping to consumers, a few weeks after being adopted by select schools. The machine packs an 11.6" display, 4GB of memory, and your choice of an AMD Fusion API or Intel's Core i CPU. It's also priced very attractively, with a starting point at $429. It's rigid and rugged, like you'd expect a ThinkPad to be, including a rubber bumper around the top corner, reinforced corners, bezels and hinges, and an Active Protection System that protects data in case of drops. The battery also lasts for up to 8 hours, and there's a 500GB HDD option. Not bad at... Read more...
Lenovo's first business-class Android-based tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet, is now available. This 10.1-inch, Android 3.1 tablet features pen-based handwriting recognition technology. The tablet also features a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, mini-HDMI for connecting to external displays, and a keyboard folio case with optical TrackPoint. The ThinkPad Tablet is available with various configurations including a 16 GB model without the digitizer pen for $499 or $529 including the pen. The 32 GB model with the digitizer pen is $599, and pricing for the 64 GB version with the pen is $699. The optional keyboard portfolio case costs $100. Business-Class Tablet Now Available Through Business... Read more...
Looks like the Eee Transformer has company. While many tablets are slimming down (and in turn, losing valuable ports), Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet remains a bit on the bulky side in hopes of business professionals appreciating it. The Tablet is a business-oriented slate with a 10.1" panel, a Tegra 2 (1GHz) chip, and most importantly, a full-size USB port. That's crucial because Lenovo's also introducing a $99 Keyboard Folio case, which will wrap around the device to keep it safe, but also provide a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad for moving around the OS. It features Android 3.1, access to Lenovo's App Store a 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video output, Wi-Fi, 3G, 16/32/64GB of storage,... Read more...
The new ThinkPad X1 is a formidable system; it's generally being billed as Lenovo's champion of choice vs. the Macbook Air. That comparison makes sense based on the Air's visibility, but the X1 is set to compete across the entire spectrum, including new machines from Dell and HP. The specs for the machine we tested don't represent Lenovo's highest-end X1 configuration; the company sells two SSD-powered versions of the diminutive system as well... Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Ultralight Laptop Review... Read more...
The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a formidable system. It's generally being billed as Lenovo's champion of choice vs. the Macbook Air. That comparison makes sense based on the Air's visibility, but the X1 is set to compete across the entire spectrum, including new thin and light machines from Dell and HP and in the enterprise, where perhaps the Air doesn't have a strong presence. The specs for the machine we tested don't represent Lenovo's highest-end X1 configuration; the company sells two SSD-powered versions of the diminutive system as well.  Here's a quick video walk-through of the system... Our testbed included a 'Slice' battery (for very good reason); we've included its price... Read more...
Lenovo's ThinkPad line has always been sexy in its own way. Solid, rigid, and robust, but also classy and understated. It's a design that has withstood the test of time, and there's no sense in changing what works. But a gentle tweak and a nip-tuck never hurt a notebook, that's for sure. Just as MSI's X-Slim line and Apple's MacBook Air redefined "thin" in the laptop realm, the newly unveiled ThinkPad X1 is about to do the same for the classic ThinkPad range. This highly portable device is about the thinnest business notebook we've seen to date, and while Lenovo hasn't "officially" put it on sale yet, there's no question that it's legitimate and very real. The highlight of the device is the external... Read more...
In this latest episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 solid state drive based on SandForce’s SF-2000 series controller, the AMD Fusion-based Lenovo ThinkPad X120e ultraportable, Apple’s new Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Pros with Intel’s new ThunderBolt interconnect technology, and AMD’s recent disclosures regarding their upcoming 8-Core Bulldozer-based processors. We also pepper in a few reader questions and plug our current system giveaway, which is in its final days... Show Notes: 00:49 – OCZ Vertex 3 SF-2000 based SSD 03:55 – Lenovo ThinkPad x120e AMD Fusion Based Ultraportable 06:50 – Apple’s new... Read more...
At the time of our recent review of Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e, we weren't exactly sure when the machine would go on sale to the public. It was stated that it may be some point in March before Lenovo had them ready to go, but obviously things have been sped up somewhat. As of now, the X120e can be ordered directly from Lenovo, with a starting price of just $399. As we found in our review, this ultraportable packs a wallop in terms of performance thanks to the use of AMD's Fusion platform (the E-350 APU in particular), and there aren't too many flaws to harp on. If you were secretly hoping for a few more weeks to make up your mind, we're sorry to spoil that for you, but for everyone else, get your... Read more...
It feels like only yesterday that Lenovo was serving up a lot of new ThinkPad machines, but as the times roll on, so must PC makers. This time, Lenovo's new spate of machines are targeting the mobile business user, perhaps one that's fed up their clunker from last decade. The T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 are all making their debut today, and each one is aimed to hit specific business needs such as integrated support for video/voice calling, power and performance management, "all-day" battery life, enterprise management and improved boot times. The T420s is becoming one of Lenovo's thinnest ThinkPad machines, weight under 4lbs. and reaching battery marks that were unheard of just a year... Read more...
By now most of you probably know that AMD’s Fusion technology bakes a CPU and GPU into one single piece of silicon.  And while we have already reviewed the E-350 APU by its lonesome, we've been patiently waiting for a system builder to integrate the chip into a retail-ready, ultra-portable notebook. Lenovo has become one of the first to do so, offering two configurations of the new ThinkPad X120e: a $399 build with the E-240 APU, and a $579 build with the E-350 APU, 4GB of RAM and a roomy 320GB (7200RPM) hard drive. Both use an 11.6" display and ship with Windows 7... Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review: AMD Fusion Infused... Read more...
It's good to see that AMD's Fusion technology is finally shipping. The convergence of the CPU and GPU has been looming for some time now, and while there have already been a few CPU / GPU hybrids available form the likes of Intel, the thought of having another low-power, economical to produce, cutting edge CPU / GPU combo on a mobile platform is particularly exciting.  Over the course of the past 2-3 years, we've critiqued most of the major ultraportables and netbooks to hit the market. The vast majority of them relied on Intel's Atom, which has always been somewhat underpowered in most of its incarnations. The two areaa that Intel did trump AMD on the netbook front,... Read more...
Intel took the wraps off their Sandy Bridge desktop and mobile platforms back in January and with new technologies like an improved integrated HD Graphics engine, Quick Sync video encoding and Turbo Boost 2.0 dynamic overclocking, it was obvious that Intel was shooting for more than just a performance kick.  Also, though perhaps a bit more low-key than some of the consumer-targeted bells and whistles, Intel also baked in a few key enhancements in the area of enterprise management and security.  Intel's vPro badge has adorned notebooks and desktops in previous generation Core processor platforms and with Intel's latest incarnation, Sandy Bridge takes vPro capabilities to the next level.... Read more...
Lenovo and security go together quite well. The company's ThinkPad line has made a name for itself over the years as being one of the most robust, rugged and secure notebook lines on the market. And now, with business users more concerned about their privacy and security, the company is taking another big step to ensure that data is kept where it should be. Lenovo is partnering with AuthenTec and RSA to deliver an "industry first" security solution for commercial laptops that combines the convenience and security of AuthenTec biometrics with the strong authentication of RSA. It's mostly for users in government and business who need two-factor RSA SecurID authentication as well as AuthenTec’s... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new ThinkPad notebooks. Lenovo has a history of announcing new machines at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, and they are taking the opportunity to announce five new machines in Las Vegas. Yes, five! The ThinkPad Edge E220s, ThinkPad Edge E420s, ThinkPad Edge E420, ThinkPad Edge E520 and ThinkPad X120e are all new for the show, so we'll break each one down a bit below. The X120e is in a class of its own. With an 11" screen, it's easily the smallest of the new notebook releases from Lenovo. But rather than being priced at a premium, this is actually an entry-level business machine that relies on AMD's new Fusion platform. It's actually the first... Read more...
Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute. Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer cutting edge technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we took a look at earlier this year. This latest iteration offers consumers a feature that... Read more...
Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute.  Those are iPad sort of rates.  But Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer extended battery life built with the latest technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we reviewed earlier... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D is an interesting system that initially caught our eye thanks to its 3D-capable display. 3D films and TVs have been declared hot ticket capabilities by the film industry and TV manufacturers, but this is the first 3D-capable notebook we've had in house. The Y560D isn't the only 3D laptop on the market, but it's priced with more of an eye towards mainstream consumers; most 3D notebooks to date have been aimed at the high-end/enthusiast market. At $1399 on sale the 560D isn't cheap, but it's a more affordable than most of the competition... Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop Reviewed... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D is an interesting system that initially caught our eye thanks to its 3D-capable display. 3D films and TVs have been declared hot ticket capabilities by the film industry and TV manufacturers, but this is the first 3D-capable notebook we've had in house. The Y560D isn't the only 3D laptop on the market, but it's priced with more of an eye towards mainstream consumers; most 3D notebooks to date have been aimed at the high-end/enthusiast market. At $1399 on sale the 560D isn't cheap, but it's a more affordable than most of the competition. We've put the Y560D through our standard benchmarks as well as a suite of 2D/3D tests designed to measure relative image quality. Three-dimensional... Read more...
There's little debate, if you took a poll of the notebook-toting business community, with respect to what the most popular workhorse machine has been over the past decade or more, the response would likely be the Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad.  Whether it's due to IBM and Lenovo's innovations over the years, like the venerable TrackPoint, having the first built-in wireless NIC, first built-in fingerprint reader for security, or the ThinkPad's undeniable reputation for durability and performance, it's obvious the ThinkPad line has earned its stripes with road warriors and casual portable computing users alike.  It almost sounds a little over-the-top actually but Lenovo is celebrating... Read more...
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