Lenovo is on a new product roll. The PC maker’s latest introduction is the L Series of ThinkPad laptops designed for business, government, and education customers.
The ThinkPad L412 and L512 laptops feature high the latest Intel processing technologies, military tough durability, and strong Web conferencing features in a laptop starting at less than $700. The laptops are also the greenest on the market, says Lenovo, because they integrate the highest amounts of post consumer recycled content.
The laptops come with technologies targeted to employees and students, such as:
- Choices of the latest Intel Core i3 and i5 processors with Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading technology
- 16:9 HD antiglare displays on the 14-inch L412 and 15-inch L512
- Choices of Intel integrated or ATI Mobility Radeon graphics
- 3G/4G wireless connectivity options with Gobi 2000 module support for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon
- Multitouch touchpads
- Up to 8 hours of battery life (with a 9-cell battery)
- Expansion with 4 USB ports/1 powered, combo eSATA/USB port, support for DisplayPort and VGA
- Windows 7 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience, featuring up to 57percent faster bootup and shutdown time based on testing Windows 7 L412 and L512 against non-configured systems. The L Series laptops have been optimized.
The laptops also have global availability, image stability, a three-year battery warranty, and docking, and include the company’s ThinkVantage Technologies tools like Access Connections. The L Series laptops meet eight different military specification tests for high and low temperatures, vibration, altitude, dust, and more.
“Today more than ever before, customers are looking to get more out of their PC technology,” says Dilip Bhatia, executive director, ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo. “We designed the new L Series to give users the most important features for being productive like cutting-edge processing performance, long battery life, and a VoIP-optimized design without sacrificing the reliability and durability ThinkPad is known for.”
Expanded Green Footprint
Lenovo continues to expand its emphasis on green design with the L Series. The laptops use up to 30 percent post consumer content from office water jugs and used IT equipment in parts like the LCD cover, palm rests, and top/bottom case. The L512 laptop contains 18 percent post consumer content (PCC) total, making it the industry’s highest amount of PCC in a laptop, according to the EPEAT registry as of 4/20/2010.
In addition, the laptops meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. They are 40 percent more energy efficient than previous ThinkPad laptops, and users can deploy Lenovo’s Power Manager software to monitor and adjust their power settings. The laptops are also shipped in nearly 100 percent recycled packaging that can be recycled yet again. Lenovo says it has committed to packaging reduction, recently reducing packaging material by 20 percent of yearly volume, saving an additional 10 paper coffee cups per box shipped.
Tailored for Web Conferencing
The L Series laptops are tailored for Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). They offer a full range of connectivity options, from Ethernet and Bluetooth to WiFi, 3G, and 4G. The laptops are also equipped with a high-resolution camera that works well in low-light conditions, like for conferences in hotel rooms. The camera even white balances automatically so conferences are more lifelike.
A digital-array microphone with echo cancellation lets users conduct conferences even in noisy rooms. The speakers are placed directly underneath the screen and above the keyboard to enhance sound quality. Hardware audio control keys—speaker mute and audio mute—are located to the left of the keyboard for easy access. And by pressing the shortcut Function F6 hotkey combination, users can navigate a software interface to modify VoIP settings.
A Learning Platform
The ThinkPad L Series laptops are built to withstand the heavy daily use in K12 and higher education. Beyond providing education-focused PC technology, Lenovo is committed to improving learning and increasing operational efficiency at all levels of academia through the Education Research Initiative (ERI). ERI joins hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers from schools across the world to evaluate and quantify how technology can systemically improve education. As part of this research, the ThinkPad L Series will be deployed at institutions for student learning while promoting instructional innovation and data-driven decision making for faculty and administrators.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad L412 and L512 laptops are available starting in mid-May through www.lenovo.com and business partners. Pricing for models starts at approximately $649.
For more information see www.lenovo.com.