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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