I was walking through the office with Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon dangling between two fingers when my colleague spied the logo. "That was my first computer," she said with immeasurable fondness. The ThinkPad was a lot of people's first computer. Early ThinkPads were built like a tank and ran smooth like a spinning top. These days, the brand, which IBM sold to Lenovo a decade ago, doesn't have quite its 90s cachet, but its continues to be a workhorse — and the new fifth generation of its stellar Carbon line is a slick refinement of everything you've ever loved about that familiar black machine.
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If you've wanted a cheap laptop — especially a cheap convertible tablet/laptop hybrid — Chromebooks have typically been the best option. Sure, we've seen some super cheap Windows PCs over the years, but rarely have we seen a $US200 ($261) Windows convertible. Dell has a low-end two-in-one, but super-cheap Windows laptops with touch screens are still fairly uncommon.
Right in time for CES, Lenovo has announced a suite of changes to their ThinkPad series of laptops. But while a bunch of USB ports, fingerprint sensors and Kaby Lake processors are all well and good, perhaps the biggest addition announced was the inclusion of Windows 10 Signature Edition images for the entire ThinkPad product lineup.
Ahead of CES 2017 Lenovo has quietly refreshed its entire ThinkPad line with an update to the slightly faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel. Besides new version of laptops that have honest-to-god DVD players (ThinkPad L570) and VGA ports (ThinkPad L470) installed, Lenovo also saw all those beautiful gadgets that exploded this year and decided that it would maybe make sure its own laptops don't go poof like so many Note7s and Chromebooks. So for next year Lenovo has equipped its refreshed line of ThinkPads with a chip to keep them from exploding due to a bad USB-C connection.
Lenovo's new Yoga Book draws the eye like no other tablet or laptop available today. People aren't always sure what I'm reading my comics and or jotting down notes on, but they know it's fascinating, and tiny, and cool. With its capacitive touch keyboard that turns into a drawing tablet with the press of the button, the Yoga Book is absolutely the future of laptops and tablets and the blurred space in between. But Lenovo's thinnest laptop ever also has one major problem in that it only comes in a Windows and an Android flavour. Neither OS is ready for the future Lenovo's built.
Lenovo's Yoga Book is, hands down, the most interesting and innovative gadget that I got hands-on time with at the IFA 2016 trade show in Berlin this week, at an event where everything purports to be innovative. In the same way that the original Microsoft Surface Pro revolutionised the hybrid tablet-laptop world, the Yoga Book is the next evolution of that, with a keyboard that isn't a keyboard but instead an entirely touch-sensitive panel.
Remember when laptops were laptops and tablets were tablets? Well, those days are gone, replaced with acrobatic foldables, detachables, and liquid-cooled enigmas. Buying a new computing machine has never been such a strange decision as it is today, so we decided to round up the very strangest hybrid devices out there and see if they really were the next evolutionary machine of the laptop genus.
The big selling point for Lenovo's Moto Z is its ability to take custom modules to enhance and extend its functionality. One of the more exciting developments in this area is the rumour that Hasselblad is working on a camera part that could transform the Moto Z into an excellent shooter — a rumour that's looking more and more confirmed by the second.
It's been nearly ten years since Apple got wacky with a tiny slab of glass and metal that begged to be touched. Now every phone looks the same, and consequently bores us all to tears. Motorola's Moto Z, with its array of modules and crazy thin profile, isn't like the other guys. It's an audacious attempt at answering the biggest question to phone designers and lovers: What is the next evolution?
"Is that a… laptop?" the waitress at the diner near my apartment asked (I had taken the Lenovo Yoga 900s with me to get some work done). "Sort of!" I said, quickly bending the screen around to demonstrate the Yoga line's defining feature: the watchband hinge that converts the device from an ultra-thin laptop to a tablet. The waitress looked on in horror.
At. Last. The great leap in smartphoning that all us schlubs have been waiting for is here. Point your phone at a wall to measure how wide it is, or choose a table online and put it in your dining room to see how it works in the space. Hell, get lost in a shopping centre and find your way out just by bringing your phone to eye level. Project Tango — the spatially aware camera setup from Google — is finally moving out of developers' hands and reaching consumers.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today, there's a pretty fat stack of cash slashed off all 17 Lenovo laptops and desktops on sale at JB Hi-Fi, with up to $400 off until next Monday.
Today at CES 2016, Lenovo teased an upcoming smartphone that will be made in conjunction with Google's motion-sensing wunderkind; Project Tango. This will be the first Tango-enabled mobile device for consumers and it promises to provide a "magic window" of digital information and objects in the real world. But will it ever make it to Australia?
If you're sick of awkwardly plugging your laptop into a projector to watch movies on your wall, Lenovo's new IdeaCenter 610S is for you. It's a powerful PC with a built-in 720p projector. As others have pointed out, the rig also looks like a Star Wars droid.