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Lenovo Unveils New ThinkPad L Series

Gordon Kelly


Lenovo Unveils New ThinkPad L Series

ThinkPads remind me of those Magic Eye prints that were popular back in the 1990s: many people can't see there is something rather special about them lurking just beneath the surface. It may not be autostereograms (at least not yet), but Thinkpads simply provide stunning build quality, the best keyboards in the industry and a durability which would make Tonka proud. A pint of coffee was split over my X300's keyboard at CES in January and three hours later the laptop powered up and it hasn't made a single grumble since. Which is why we're excited about...

The 'L Series'. Leaked back in February, the L Series is Lenovo's long term replacement for the venerable R Series and the company claims it be the most environmentally friendly ThinkPad range ever made.

Comprised of the 14in 'L412' and 15in 'L512', Lenovo says they are "40 percent more energy efficient than previous ThinkPad laptops", are constructed from up to 30 per cent post consumer content ("from office water jugs and used IT equipment in parts like the LCD cover, palm rests and top/bottom case") and shipped in 20 per cent smaller packaging which is made from 100 per cent recycled materials.

Despite its tree hugging, the L Series does pack some punch too with a choice of Intel Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs and dedicated ATI Radeon graphics. All are fitted with 16:9 aspect ratio displays, multi-touch trackpads, optional 3G and provide up to eight hours of battery life as well. Naturally enough, the models have also passed the stringent military durability tests all ThinkPads are put through. These include stresses at high and low temperatures, vibration, altitude, dust and the like. After all, they're Thinkpads...

Sadly there's no word on flagship pricing, but if money is tight specs can be as low as a Celeron P4500 with 1GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD for $649 (£422), but I'd suggest spending a little more than that. The L Series goes on sale in mid-May and for those seeking an extremely sensible and durable new laptop you could do a lot worse.



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