Lenovo’s New ThinkPads Give Multimedia the Business
Lenovo is launching a new fleet of laptops built specifically for the workplace and designed for all the new mobile workplace needs. Voice and video are just some of the services Lenovo has centered their designs around. Here’s the scoop …
The T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 range from thick to thin, all applicable for different use cases but all with a common theme: video and voice, smart PC power and performance, battery life, enterprise management and an easy user experience.
The new laptops come with self-aware “adaptive technologies” that can tell where power is needed (or where power isn’t needed) to help conserve battery life and reroute it to specific components when necessary. That technology is also complimented by Intel Turbo Boost. Battery power has been a focus for the new fleet as well, with a promised 10 to 15 hours of battery life depending on the model, and 30 hours with the T420’s “9-cell slice battery” add-on.
Voice and video calling have been made standard by Private Chat and Conference Call microphone modes that enables a user to switch between uses, with noise-canceling also a built-in feature. The keyboard features “noise suppression technology” to quiet the click-clicking of keys when typing, and for users’ own ‘noise suppression’ needs, the laptops feature an LED to let them know when mute is actually working.
The ThinkPad T, W and L Series share a docking station to ease large-scale deployments and help reduce the amount of hardware needed while also facilitating sharing. Security is stepped up as Lenovo also offers hardware, software, and BIOS options with encrypted hard drives (which we featured recently) along with a fingerprint reader complimented by Intel Anti-Theft Technology.
Lenovo’s laptops also now feature Instant Resume, which keeps wireless connections for up to 99 minutes during sleep mode to eliminate the need for reconnection and logins. Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 boot-up and shutdown are also enabled, with Intel HD graphics.
The ThinkPad T, L and W Series are slated to be available in March 2011 from Lenovo and partners. The T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at about $1,329, $779, $909, $719, $719 and $1329, respectively.