It looks as though Lenovo's "new
look" ThinkPads are not going over too well with customers.
According to Lenovo's CEO, Bill Amelio, customers just aren't warming
up to the new widescreen titanium ThinkPad models. Things are going so badly, in fact, that Lenovo is on
the verge of axing some models.
"We've had a lot of feedback. The
CIOs (Chief Information Officers) that we deal with like to have this
system the way it is, and by putting different colours or models in
can create some angst," said Amelio. While the consumer space
has seen a pretty overwhelming transition to widescreen displays and
are more receptive to styling variety in product lineups, it looks as
though Lenovo's corporate customers are a bit more apprehensive to
According to the Forbes report, any
future radical changes to the ThinkPad line would likely be released
under the Lenovo brand without the ThinkPad moniker. The company already markets entry-level
notebooks here under the Lenovo umbrella.
Updated 6:06 PM EST
Julie Gottlieb of Lenovo has informed us that reports on the demise of the Z Series are greatly exaggerated: