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 ago. Reportedly, it can reach upwards of 30 hours with an extended battery, but honestly, we have a hard time believing that's true. The W520 is designated as a mobile workstation that offers a 2x performance boost compared to prior models, and the L Series maintains the heralded ThinkPad quality while coming in at a price point that even startups could consider reasonable.
Each of these new machines incorporate self-aware and adaptive technologies to sense where power is needed most to ensure priority components receive power for improved overall performance and battery life. With Lenovo Turbo Boost, the laptops increase processor speed during performance intensive tasks such as video editing, data analysis and 3D applications while simultaneously maintaining low thermal temperatures. With reduced power to non-essential hardware, the laptops achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life while playing multimedia so users can watch DVDs, listen to MP3s or stream web content longer.
The T420s is the obvious standout when it comes to battery life. With its standard 9-cell battery, the ThinkPad T420 delivers up to 15 hours of battery life, while the T420s,delivers up to 10 hours with its combined 6-cell and optional snap on 6-cell slice battery. For extreme battery life needs, the ThinkPad T420 with its standard 9-cell battery and optional 9-cell slice battery provides up to 30 hours of computing power. As the first business class laptops to feature NVIDIA Optimus automatic graphic switching technology, T Series and W Series laptops provide 33 percent battery performance over previous models. Adding Optimus to business laptops seems like a very sensible move, and we're hoping that Lenovo brings that capability over to more and more machines in due time.
Since telecommunications are so important, there's a Private Chat and Conference Call mode on each of the new rigs, and there's keyboard noise suppression to keep unwanted clicks and pops from interfering with your conversations. As for the hardware? These will use 2nd-gen Intel Core and Core vPro processors, and the new T, W and L Series all share the same docking station, which should simplify things for businesses looking to buy various series. Lenovo's also going out of their way to improve battery life here, and we're being told to expect around a 30% boost when watching multi-media and as certain aspects are powered down when not in use (the SD card slot, for example). There's also an "Instant Resume" function that will keep your wireless radios on longer and allow for faster wake-up, and of course, all that's user-customizable.
The ThinkPad T, L and W Series will be available starting in March from Lenovo business partners and at the company's website. Pricing for the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at approximately $1399, $1029, $999, $899, $899 and $1529, respectively.
Video Calling, Smart PC & Battery Life Innovation Drive New ThinkPad Laptops
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Feb. 22, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced six new ThinkPad laptops - the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 - that maximize performance and offer a higher level of productivity for today’s mobile business professionals. These laptops are built upon a platform of new Lenovo innovations that respond to key business needs including: video and voice calling, smart PC features for power and performance management, all-day battery life, enterprise management and an intuitive, easy-to-use computing experience.
The ultra-thin, sub four pound ThinkPad T420s speeds up boot time 30 percent1 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0; the T420 reaches new battery life benchmarks of up to 30 hours with an extended battery; the W520 mobile workstation offers twice the performance of previous models; and the L Series gives customers recognized ThinkPad durable design at an exceptional value.
“Inspired by our customers, the 2011 ThinkPad laptops deliver the best technologies the industry has to offer, enabling users to do more with their computing experience,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Marketing, Lenovo. “We used customer feedback to help us create our latest ThinkPad laptops that provide strong improvements in key areas such as battery life, video and conferencing communications and performance. We’ve even made the ThinkPad laptops smarter by engineering self- aware technologies for unprecedented performance and power management capabilities.”
Smart PC Power & Performance Management
The new laptops incorporate self-aware and adaptive technologies to sense where power is needed most to ensure priority components receive power for improved overall performance and battery life. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 dynamically increases processor speed during performance intensive tasks such as video editing, data analysis and 3D applications. Lenovo Turbo Boost+ enables the laptops to stay in Turbo Boost even longer by keeping processor temperatures below required thermal limits. With reduced power to non-essential hardware, the laptops achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life while playing multimedia so users can watch DVDs, listen to MP3s or stream web content longer.
All-Day Battery Life
With its standard 9-cell battery, the ThinkPad T420 delivers up to 15 hours of battery life, while the T420s, delivers up to 10 hours with its 6-cell and optional optical bay battery combined. For extreme battery life needs, the ThinkPad T420, with its standard 9-cell battery and optional 9-cell slice battery, provides up to 30 hours of computing power. As the first business class laptops to feature NVIDIA® OptimusTM automatic graphic switching technology, T Series and W Series laptops provide 33 percent better battery performance over previous discrete graphics models.
Video & Voice Calling
The laptops include a variety of technologies for enhanced video and voice conferencing. Private Chat and Conference Call microphone modes allow users to switch easily between modes with a single mouse click. Private Chat mode can also use noise cancelling technology to focus on a single voice, while Conference Call mode opens the audio capture field to 360 degrees around the notebook, allowing for multiple user interaction in the room.
The laptops also include keyboard noise suppression technology to help eliminate the distracting keyboard clicking that often occurs while typing during PC-based voice calls. The laptops can also help users avoid embarrassing conference call mistakes with a dedicated LED-lit microphone mute key which indicates when the microphone is sending audio.
Designed for Enterprise
Built upon a platform of advanced industry technologies, including the performance and energy efficiency of the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM and CoreTM vProTM processors, the new ThinkPad laptops offer enterprise IT managers high reliability and easy deployment and manageability. For example, the ThinkPad T, W and L Series share the same docking station to simplify deployment, reduce costs and allow hardware sharing among employees. The laptops also share common batteries for lower cost and easy component management.
For improved enterprise-class security, the new ThinkPad laptops offer multiple layers of security throughout the hardware, software, BIOS and options including encrypted hard drives with remote management support, a fingerprint reader with one touch swipe for power on and authentication and Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT) – a laptop theft deterrence mechanism that disables the laptop preventing unauthorized data access.
Intuitive, & Easy-to-Use
A new feature, Lenovo’s Instant Resume, maintains users’ wireless connection on the laptop during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes2, eliminating the need to login and reconnect. For improved audio sound, the ThinkPad T420s is the first business class notebook to offer Dolby® Home Theater® v4, Dolby’s latest audio technology with virtualized surround sound and dialog enhancement technology for clearer sound in movies, music and during video calls.
For quick and easy startup and shutdown, the laptops also feature Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 - an exclusive certification for Lenovo products that allows users to start their laptop on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer3. Users will also enjoy watching high definition movies and online videos with the help of integrated Intel® HD Graphics.
To learn more about the latest 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, please watch this video for more details.
Pricing and Availability4
The ThinkPad T, L and W Series will be available starting in March from Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing for the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at approximately $1,329, $779, $909, $719, $719 and $1329, respectively.
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