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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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.
Lenovo introduced its Helix detachable last year, with an 11.6-inch, 1080p screen, a beefy Intel Core i5 chip inside and a battery-boosting keyboard dock. Pretty much a Surface Pro. This year it's back with a new, slimmer body and it's one of the first gadgets out there to rep Intel's newest "Core M" brains.
The first Carbon X1 did the impossible by making business laptops cool. Now, the newest version of the 14-inch ThinkPad is even cooler, thanks to some minor improvements and the addition of an adaptive keyboard.
Microsoft's Surface tablet is one of the most exciting products we've heard about in a long time, but for everything the company did to whet our appetite, it left us with plenty of questions about the tablet's guts. Tech In 5 has obtained what appear to be leaked slides detailing the forthcoming Lenovo "Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2". Could this be our first look at what Surface and its competition will look like inside?
Lenovo ThinkPads have a strong, almost cult-like following for good reason. This sturdy, high-performance line of business notebooks has long set the gold standard for keyboard quality, with fantastic tactile feedback, great key layouts and slightly convex keys that are easy to find by feel. So when the company ditched the classic keyboard for a new island-style unit on its entire 2012 lineup, many ThinkPad fans were understandably concerned.
Got one of Lenovo's ThinkPad or IdeaPad tablets? Good news! You're getting Ice Cream Sandwich. Bad news: You'll be waiting a while.
Who pays RRP these days? Lenovo has a three-day sale on its ThinkPad laptops that ends today, offering between 10 and 30 per cent off the recommended retail price, depending on how much the laptop costs. Considering Lenovo make some of the best Windows notebooks on the market, it's a great chance to grab a good deal on a new machine.