Six New ThinkPad Laptops Debut from Lenovo

The business-oriented machines sport a mix of video calling features, all-day battery life, and "smart" technology said to make the laptops "self-aware." By Admin

Today Lenovo announced six new ThinkPad laptops for mobile business professionals: the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520, and W520. Features of the laptops address key business needs, according to the computer maker, and include: video and voice calling, smart PC features for power and performance management, all-day battery life, and enhanced management.

The ultra-thin, less-than-four-pound ThinkPad T420s, for example, speed up boot time 30 percentwith Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0, vs. a similar system without Enhanced Experience; and the T420 features battery life of up to 30 hours with an extended battery.

“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,” says Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad marketing, Lenovo. “We’ve even made the ThinkPad laptops smarter by engineering self-aware technologies.”

Lenovo T420 and T420sSmart PC Power and 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, says Lenovo. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is incorporated into the machines as well, which increases processor speed during performance-intensive tasks such as video editing, data analysis, and using 3D applications.

Lenovo Turbo Boost enables the laptops to stay in Turbo Boost longer by keeping processor temperatures below required thermal limits. The company also says that 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 Optimus automatic graphic switching technology, T Series and W Series laptops provide 33 percent better battery performance over previous discrete graphics models.

Video and 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 between modes with a 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 keyboard clicking that often occurs while typing during PC-based voice calls. The laptops can also help users avoid conference call mistakes with a dedicated LED-lit microphone mute key that indicates when the microphone is sending audio.

Designed for Business
Built on a platform of new technologies, including the performance and energy efficiency of the 2nd generation Intel Core and Core vPro processors, the new ThinkPad laptops offer IT managers easy deployment and manageability. For example, the ThinkPad T, W, and L Series share the same docking station to simplify deployment, reduce costs, and enable hardware sharing among employees. The laptops also share common batteries for lower cost and easy component management.