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ThinkPad L412

ThinkPad L512
Lenovo reveals ThinkPad L412, L512

Green is a powerful buzzword in today's economy. Automakers are looking to go green with clean diesel engines, forced-induction gasoline engines that get great fuel economy, and electric/hybrid vehicles. Electronics and appliance makers also vie for you dollars with Energy Star-backed products.

None of this fervor is lost on Lenovo which is now launching its new ThinkPad L-Series notebooks. The new ThinkPad L412 and L512 notebooks support EPEAT Gold, Energy Star 5.0, feature materials with up to 30 percent Post Consumer Content, and are shipped with 100 percent recyclable packaging material.

Like most notebook manufacturers, Lenovo is looking to add Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors to all of its professional-level notebooks. In the case of the new ThinkPad L-412 (14") and L512 (15"), Lenovo gives users the choice of Core i3 or Core i5 processors with TurboBoost -- the pair is available with processors ranging from the Core i3-300M (2.13GHz) to the Core i5-540M (2.53GHz).

Graphics duties are handled by an integrated Intel GMA HD graphics solution and a discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145 with 512 MB DDR3 memory.

Both machines come equipped with a 1366x768 LED-backlit display, support for up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, up to a 320GB HDD, fingerprint reader, GbE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and can be optioned with WiMAX. Base machines come equipped with 4-cell batteries, but users can choose to go with an optional 6-cell or 9-cell battery -- battery life jumps to around 8 hours with a 9-cell battery.

"Today more than ever before, customers are looking to get more out of their PC technology," said Dilip Bhatia, executive director for ThinkPad Product Marketing. "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."

The new ThinkPad L Series notebooks will start at $649 when they launch in mid-May.

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not another rebadged "fake" thinkpad?
By ChugokuOtaku on 4/20/2010 1:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
I sincerely hope this isn't another "fake" thinkpad like their SL series... which is utterly garbage compared to T/X series

By swizeus on 4/20/2010 1:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Hey... sometimes green equal garbage...

Oh, and don't think 100% recyclable material means they will destroy it entirely to create new ones... it might mean, they can reuse parts to reduce cost... so producer once again win, with consumer eating up those jargon and believing they are prolonging the earth's span time. Well... everybody wins though

RE: not another rebadged "fake" thinkpad?
By Belard on 4/20/2010 2:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at the photos above...

The L looks just like the SL-410/510s which are Core2s.

They are not in the same class as the R/T/X - but they are better than most. Lenovo stopped doing matte screens on the SL too. ugh.

Still has the liquid channels.

For about $600~800, they STILL offer features not offered on other notebooks at that price range. So there IS a market for the SL/L.

- Want modern looks
- Want internal enhanced wireless options
- Want NO bloatware preinstalled junk software
- Want a modern looking Thinkpad

The "Edge" really doesn't belong in the ThinkPad lineup. Not sure what Lenovo thinks they're doing. The IdeaPAD line does fine consumer market.

By Belard on 4/20/2010 2:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
Just downloaded the maintenance manual, it covers all the SL-410/510 and L412 & 512.

Only difference is the motherboard/CPU.

By StevoLincolnite on 4/20/2010 12:23:19 PM , Rating: 1
What are the graphics options? If they are all Core iX based and if they are paired with Intel Decelerators...

...That would be like putting a V8 motor into a go-kart, sure some people might like them...

But really, how hard would it to be to put in an under-clocked Radeon 5450? Which would *still* run circles around an Intel chip and hopefully mitigate/lower the power consumption?

RE: Graphics.
By Brandon Hill on 4/20/2010 12:27:21 PM , Rating: 1
Intel® Integrated GMA HD Discrete
ATI® Mobility Radeon® HD 5145 with 512 Mb DDR3

RE: Graphics.
By Souka on 4/20/2010 2:18:59 PM , Rating: 2
"What are the graphis options?"

If you just read...

"Graphics duties are handled by an integrated Intel GMA HD graphics solution and a discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145 with 512 MB DDR3 memory."

WTF? These are new SLs
By Belard on 4/20/2010 2:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... looking at the photos, these are nothing more than SLs.

I think the SL series is coming to an end... in name only. Most of the ThinkPad line has gone to i3~i7 CPUs, except for the SL and R series. The R's are still using 2+ year old bodies. So hopefully they'll upgrade the R's, keep the quality the same.

Lenovo is making changes and re-arranged the new keyboards for the better, but STILL haven't fixed/swapped the CTRL / Fn keys, ugh.

Anyways, I'm sending back a defective SL-510. Had some odd-ball problems.

I double checked with the LARGER photos... yep, these are "L512"? HUh? A new series model should be L500/L400... the 512 tells us its actually a "SL512". Whatever, its just a name. Saves them from typing & printing an extra letter.

Lenovo is already one of the most GREEN computer companies in the industry. With the newer CPUs, its a marketing excuse to come out with a new "series"... silly, but doesn't mean its end of the world.

The L-series means its still a bottom end ThinkPad with nothing but plastic for its body. It has a modern thinkpad keyboard, but not the LATEST keyboard design which is more desired. The L-510 also has the new touch-pad which is quite nice for those who like tactile feel.

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