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Lenovo ThinkPad X1
New X1 brings back a few memories of the X300/X301

Lenovo has unveiled a new notebook computer today called the ThinkPad X1. This machine is the thinnest and highest performance notebook in its class according to Lenovo. The machine is aimed at the pro user that needs something that can work and play on the road with a very portable design.

The machine has a backlit keyboard for working in low-light conditions, and it has batteries that are designed for quick charging. Inside the rig, buyers can opt for Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors. The X1 has a 13.3-inch display that is covered with Gorilla Glass for durability.

“Our customers are looking for a business laptop that combines the best consumer multimedia and entertainment features with the latest performance and mobility innovations in a super-thin, stylish design,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “We used their input to craft the ThinkPad X1, equipping it with non-traditional business features like Dolby Home Theater sound, an updated keyboard and a super-bright, durable screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and that continues to deliver the enterprise-level security, manageability and durability that ThinkPad is known for.” 

The notebook weight starts at 3.7 pounds and it is made to meet eight different military specs for ruggedness and survivability. This is also the first machine from Lenovo to use the RapidCharge battery tech that allows the battery to charge to 80% in only 30 minutes. That allows the battery to be charged 2.5 times faster than normal Lenovo batteries. The machine can also be optioned with a RapidCharge external battery for up to ten hours more use.

The X1 also has Dolby home theater sound, HDMI output, and Intel Wireless Display Tech inside to stream 1080p video to a display or projector.

The notebook will ship on May 17 with prices starting at $1,399.

As with most soon to launch notebooks, the machine has already been reviewed by several online websites including Laptop Magazine, Gottabemobile, and Engadget.



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By Captain Orgazmo on 5/17/2011 5:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately you are right. Since the Thinkpad brand was bought by Lenovo from Red China, the quality, cutting edge technology, and great features that made Thinkpad stand apart from the crowd have disappeared or simply haven't advanced at the rate of the competition.

I was a Thinkpad fan forever, but the last one I bought was made by Lenovo, and it will be the last one I ever buy. I ended up paying 30% more than competing brands with the same specs, just for the name I guess. I hate to say, but by comparison the price premium for the Macbook is far more justified.


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