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New machines promise performance and portability

Lenovo has announced several new notebook computers that are aimed at business users. The first of the new machines includes the ThinkPad T440p and T540p premium business notebooks. Both machines are powered by up to Intel Core i7 quad-core processors. The T440p promises a battery life of up to 13.7 hours.

The T540p promises a runtime of 12.6 hours with the extended battery pack. Both machines can be fitted with NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics and up to 16 GB of RAM. Buyers have the option of SSD or HDD storage with capacities up to 1 TB. The machines are also available with integrated 4G LTE connectivity, mini-DisplayPort connectivity, VGA output, and four USB 3.0 ports.

Another new machine from Lenovo is the ThinkPad W540. Lenovo says this machine has the best ThinkPad display ever measuring 15.5-inches and using 3K IPS technology. The native resolution is 2880 x 1620. The notebook is only 27 mm thick and weighs 5.45 pounds. Lenovo says that makes it the thinnest and lightest notebook in its class.

ThinkPad W540
The machine can be fitted with Intel Core i7 quad core processors, up to 32 GB of RAM, and integrated 4G LTE. The machine can use up to 2 TB of storage, supports RAID, and has a backlight keyboard.

Lenovo also has a couple entry-level notebooks that are in the new ThinkPad L-series. The machines include the L440 and L540. Both are powered by various fourth-generation Intel Core processors and feature vPro technology. The notebooks are also Microsoft Lync Certified support videoconferencing.

ThinkPad L440
Lenovo has also unveiled the ThinkPad E440 and E450 promising a combination of price, performance, and style for small business users. The machine can be fitted with quad core Intel processors and optional NVIDIA discrete graphics, storage is up to 1 TB, with up to 16 GB of RAM and integrated optical drives available. These machines run Windows 8 and feature 14-inch and 15.6-inch HD resolution screens respectively.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T440p, T540p, and W540 will all launch in November with pricing announced closer to availability. The L440 and L540 will launch in October starting at $729. The E Series will be available initially in select markets starting in October with pricing starting at $629.

Source: Lenovo

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Take my money now!
By troysavary on 9/11/2013 1:54:42 PM , Rating: 2
The w540 is a sweet portable workstation. Excuse me while I wipe up the drool.

RE: Take my money now!
By inighthawki on 9/11/2013 2:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
It does look nice. Other sites also cite it as having an NVidia quadro GPU and 6 hours of battery life. No mention of an options for an SSD, but even without one it looks like it might not be too difficult to install one separately.

RE: Take my money now!
By OoklaTheMok on 9/11/2013 3:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not really impressed... I have the W530, and the only significant improvement over the W530 is the screen, which I wish was a touchscreen like the new Dell Precision (don't remember the model name).

I really wish Lenovo would go back to including good keyboards. I had a T61p before the W530, and I despise the W530 keyboard layout. I spend half my typing time, fixing mistakes I have made because the chiclet keys have been moved around. Btw, who thought the chiclet keyboard was a good idea for productivity?

RE: Take my money now!
By OoklaTheMok on 9/11/2013 3:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, one good thing I just noticed about the W540... Lenovo got rid of the completely useless speakers that took up ~4" of keyboard space. On my W530, with the speaker area being so large, I was half expecting a symphony when I played music through them for the first time. So much anticipation, for such a let down. What I got instead was a tin can playing through a pillow.

RE: Take my money now!
By SteelRing on 9/11/2013 6:04:23 PM , Rating: 2
chiclet key on a professional machine... well I guess i'm done with lenovo.... this is the end of it being professional anything.

the mouse button and PWM
By superstition on 9/11/2013 5:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
I really loathe those mouse buttons that are annoyingly placed in the keyboards and are made bright red to be even more annoying. The fact that anyone choose to use them surprises me greatly.

As for the IPS machine... Does the backlighting use PWM? PWM flicker is an issue with most laptops, and it's high time for manufacturers to start disclosing whether or not they use it, given the fact that LED PWM flicker is much more straining than CCFL flicker, in general.

RE: the mouse button and PWM
By troysavary on 9/11/2013 5:25:39 PM , Rating: 2
The TrackPoint is left in for nostaltia reasons from the beloved IBM days.

RE: the mouse button and PWM
By inighthawki on 9/11/2013 5:48:01 PM , Rating: 2
That's not necessarily a good thing...

Why you shouldn’t
By merc2600 on 9/11/2013 5:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
The best product is nothing without good service. I’m in Australia and it takes an average of 2 weeks to get a Lenovo computer fixed. It has even taken months.

By JamesHurst on 9/11/2013 6:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad to hear Lenovo is finally offering a good screen resolution. But going to the chicklet keyboard, and abandoning their standard key-layout (with the Inst, Home, End, Del keys in the std 3 column-by-2 row layout), kills this brand for me. That, plus today I really prefer a multi-touch screen. Windows 8 makes absolutely no sense without a touch-screen. I've owned nothing but Thinkpads for some time, but it seems my W500 is the last Lenovo worth buying.

VGA ports
By blzd on 9/12/2013 12:14:02 AM , Rating: 2
Needs displayport to support more advanced external displays, VGA needs to disappear and HDMI won't cut it either.

By eme2k on 9/16/2013 3:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
It is ok. It would have been better if Lenovo would have included 2 thunderbolt 20GB/ps ports, 1 VGA (uninformed people don't know that vga runs circles around hdmi, and that hdmi was originally developed to protect content - one day hdmi will be as good as vga - but not today, the only reason they are getting rid of vga by the end of the year is because of hollywood - they only want digital hdcp I/O), 1 displayport, two internal 2.5 bays, two internal msata slots, support for 64GB ram (damn intel for this and the stupid haswell release that is limited to 32GB). Backlight keyboard (if it is the cheap keyboard, might as well support several colors). Trackpoint is the selling point for me - won't buy a laptop without the trackpoint - Lenovo should get rid of the useless trackpad on a laptop such as the W540 - waste of space (first thing I always do is disable it). Ged rid of any type of speakers.

Lenovo shares
By Luis93021 on 10/7/2013 6:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Dose any one know the difference between the ticker symbols lnvgy and lnvgf? Both come up when searching Lenovo's stock symbol.

By ray23 on 9/11/13, Rating: -1
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