Lenovo Targets Road Warriors with ThinkPads, Mobile Monitor
If you’re a road warrior who works best in cramped coffee shops but hates viewing stuff on your tiny laptop screen, you might be interested in Lenovo’s latest product lineup: two new 14- and 15-inch ThinkPads outfitted with AMD’s APUs and the ThinkVision LT1421 Wide, Lenovo’s first foray in the mobile monitor marketplace. Can it improve your productivity? Here’s a rundown on the tech specs …
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Edge E425 and E525 are slim and designed specifically for the SMB user. Outfitted with the AMD Fusion APU A-Series, these laptops can save on battery life yet handles intense multi-tasking and churns out impressive visuals. Up to 8 GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drives are available, and of course, both come with the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0. They also include a fingerprint reader, media card reader and HDMI-out port, as well as noise-canceling keyboard typing technology for video and voice calls.
Lenovo suggests these new machines be outfitted with a mobile monitor. At 14 inches, the ThinkVision LT1421 Wide is being billed as the cure-all for mini-meetings and multi-tasking on the go. All users need to do is plug in the attached USB cable, and they’re off to multi-monitor heaven.
I’ve long loved multi-monitor setups for a multitude of reasons, and they’re a great boon to productivity. But its 1.8 pounds and a measly resolution of only 1366×768 make it difficult to justify using the device. After all, if you already own a tablet device, you can use that as an extra monitor with some inexpensive software. The good news is, they’re all priced reasonably for the SMB and are available later in August 2011. The ThinkPad Edge E425 and E525 start at $549 and the mobile monitor is priced for $220. As always, channel partners are also able to sell the new technology.
Important to note: Mobile monitors aren’t new. The USB monitor has existed for quite some time now, but have often been relegated to the 7-inch to 10-inch range and cost roughly $150, more than half of what Lenovo is charging for a 14-inch version. But with the resolution at 1366×768, Lenovo isn’t exactly hitting a sweet spot on the market. Let’s just say that at that resolution and price tag, I’ll be sticking with my iPad as a sidekick on the road.