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