Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook
Dozens of other black laptops launched too
It's ThinkPads a-go-go at Lenovo, with dozens of the black-clad laptops announced today in four families: the T, X, L and W series.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The highlight is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, built around a carbon-fibre chassis and intended to be the lightest pro-oriented Ultrabook there is.
It's a 1.4kg, 14-incher with on-board 3G HSPA connectivity and a fast-charge system that, Lenovo claimed, will get the battery to 80 per cent capacity in 35 minutes.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo wasn't saying when the X1 Carbon will appear over here, but it'll be out in the States in the summer.
Too large and too late? The ThinkPad X230 Ultraportable, a 12.5in machine with 4G connectivity will be out sooner. Take Lenovo's "24-hour battery life" claim with a pinch of sodium chloride: to get that you have to clip on an optional extra battery pack, the small print reveals. There'll be a tablet version, the X230t.
Lenovo ThinkPad X320t
More standard laptops follow, including the 14-15in T series, with Nvidia graphics, Intel Ivy Bridge chippery, USB 3.0 and, on the 15in model, a 1920 x 1080 full HD display. The 13-15in L series, with 1366 x 778 screens and integrated graphics will be cheaper.
The ThinkPad W530 has a full HD display driven by Workstation-class Quadro GPU tech from Nvidia. It, like the L and T machines, and the X230 and X230t will hit the US in June. There' no word yet on UK availability. ®
same stupid issue, after all these years the ctrl + fn keys are still the wrong way round. Lenovo have fixed this on their other laptops but the thinkpads are remaining the same.
If it wasn't for this stupid mistake the X1 looks great, would have prefered 1680x1050, those extra 150 pixels make a lot of difference.
1366 x 778?
Well, we asked for higher resolution displays.
And you don't even mention that they've replaced their excellent keyboards with cichlet keyboards. More rubbish. People buy ThinkPads because of their design legacy and quality legacy from IBM. Don't try and change that design or quality. It's like trying to redesing a Jag E-Type. 99 times out of a hundred you'll mess up, as Lenovo have here.
Now that's more like it, an ultrabook with timeless Thinkpad design. I wonder if it has decent graphics to go with the 1600x900 screen?
Re: one problem
It is not a massive problem, I got two thinkpads T420 and x220, simply swap them around in bios.