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Lenovo Updates Thinkpads & Reveals New L Series

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Lenovo Updates Thinkpads & Reveals New L Series

You have to admire the Thinkpad (if you don't, you should). It is a line of laptops that has long known exactly what it wants to be and stuck rigidly (and, in general, brilliantly) to that mission statement. So if you're looking for a durable, well made, thoroughly professional machine that sheds a little of its reassuringly expensive label then today Lenovo has something for you...

The company has announced its high-end T Series (the 14.1in 'T410i' and 'T410si' and 15.6in 'T510i') will now all offer the more wallet friendly options of Intel Core i3-330M (2.13GHz) CPUs. On top of this is a wider array of RAM options stretching now from 2GB right up to a whopping 8GB of DDR3 and upgraded two megapixel webcams are now standard across the line.

Elsewhere the likes of integrated or discrete graphics, HDD or SSD storage, four, six and nine cell battery options, a fingerprint reader and more can be specified. While, needless to say (and Riyad will back me up on this one), Thinkpads have the best keyboards in the business. Pricing at this stage is unknown, and the options models are yet to go live on Lenovo's site, but don't expect to wait long.

In related news Lenovo's latest laptop roadmap has also leaked out and while much of it has already been discussed (such as the Edge and X100e) what we do learn are an X200 upgrade (the 'X201'), and an upgraded W700 (yes, the 'W701') will be here soon. Furthermore, and most interestingly, a new 'L Series' looks set to replace the venerable R Series as the new corporate mainstream model.

All good stuff, but Lenovo can we please, please, please have a successor to my favourite ultraportable laptop of all time: the (now 18 month old) Thinkpad X301...

Links:

Lenovo UK T Series

Roadmap via Engadget

Steve

February 5, 2010, 12:15 pm

I have used ThinkPad's for the last 12 years, only recently have I switched to Sony. I still have the last ThinkPad I bought (T40p) and it's still going strong, I think it will outlive me! :)

Voldenuit

February 5, 2010, 5:22 pm

As an X300 user, I think that its time (and that of its X301 successor) has passed. It is an unnecessarily complex and expensive design to accommodate a feature (optical drive) that is truly not needed in ultraportables today. With windows 7 available via download (I installed my copy of Win7 Pro x64 via USB drive) and more software following this model (not to mention companies installing via images over the network), the optical drive really is obsolete. I switched my optical drive out for a 3-cell battery nearly a year ago, and never once had to put the ODD back in.





I do like the 13" formfactor a lot more than the cramped confines of the X200, but I would really prefer lenovo to bring their 13" ultraportable model in-line with its other products price-(and performance)wise. Leave out the ODD altogether, and use the added space to give us better (and quieter) cooling, faster processors, and more connectivity (eSATA would be nice, anything else like expresscard/sd/cf/ms would be a bonus). Oh, and battery life needs to measure up to (and surpass) today's CULVs - my mother's Acer 4810 with a 6 cell shames my X300 with its 8 hr battery life.

TomH

February 5, 2010, 9:35 pm

Sorry, but Thinkpads have really gone down hill over the last few years. My current T61P was £1800 and BSOD'ed straight out of the box. Another 4 Lenovos I have bought for work in the last year have all had significant issues. Let's face it, Thinkpads have never been value for money and if the quality is no good (hardware or software) then they have no chance of getting my custom. I now have a new F-Series Sony on order despite the fact that I will miss the trackpoint very badly indeed.

acz

February 6, 2010, 2:25 pm

All of the Thinkpads that I have used over the last 12 years have been great, except for the T23. That model had some kind of defect on the motherboard which too-often created a PC that would not boot, simply pulsing the fan instead. Anyway, the rest have been well-designed and extremely reliable.

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