A few weeks ago I had my first Lenovo experience with the Edge 420s—system which I consider one of the best notebooks currently on the market if not the best. I feel that way about the Edge 420s because of its stellar design, amazing power, and computing experience that was unique and fun.
Today, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1, their thinnest ThinkPad to date at only 16.5mm thick. The X1 also only weighs 3.8lbs, and is powered by an Intel core i5 processor. I have been using the X1 for a little over a week as my day to day system and I have to say I continue to be impressed by that unique computing experience only Lenovo seems to deliver.
“We created the ThinkPad X1 laptop by first taking the best technologies and then engineering them into our thinnest and lightest, yet powerful machine and by finally adding our own innovations around power, durability and design for a premium computing experience,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “The ThinkPad X1 laptop incorporates the features that make a real difference for business users and sets it above the rest in the industry.”
Last night I was able to see something I have never seen. While I have seen systems personally come close I have never actually witnessed a machine do what I saw a Lenovo notebook do last night. It booked up fully into windows with everything loaded in under 10 seconds.
I don’t know why I didn’t record it at the time, I think it may have been the shock of it all. At first I thought it was pure BS, after all it was a press event and I have seen so much crap pulled at these events I originally thought it might of been a television that looked like a notebook.
But then I picked it up and saw there were no wires or magic tricks. It even shut down as fast as it booted up. It was able to boot up so fast it didn’t give the Windows 7 logo enough time to form, and it shut down so fast that I don’t even think I saw the words “Shutting Down”.
Lenovo really impressed me with what they are calling Extreme Rapid Booting.
While I don’t recall the full specs of the system, I do know it was on an SSD drive and while that helped, Lenovo engineers did a lot of tweaking to the way windows boots up to make it boot up as fast as it does.
Today Lenovo announced a new workstation the Thinkstation E30 and a new Desktop the ThinkCentre M81 for businesses. Lenovo promises to deliver speedy boot-up and shut down times with these two systems which are powered by the latest intel processors.
“Workstation users need the kind of performance that lets them do more each minute. The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on our strong workstation platform, combining new rapid processing for data-crunching with more vivid and intense graphics capabilities,” said Tao Gu, executive director and general manager, Workstation Business Unit, Lenovo. “We created the ThinkStation E30 workstation to offer extremely powerful processing on a software-certified solution at desktop prices.”
Today Lenovo introduced its new ThinkPad L series designed for Business, Education and Government Customers. The new L412 and L512 are powered by the latest intel processor, and are supposed to be the greenest laptops on the market. Lenovo backs up that claim by saying 30% of the machines are made up with post consumer content from office water jugs and used IT equipment.
Some of the Key Features on the systems are a 16:9 HD screen 14 inches for the 412 and 15 for the 512, choice between intel and ATI graphics, 3G/4G Connectivity provided by AT&T, Sprint (4G) and Verizon. Battery life of up to 8 hours and Windows 7 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience which features an up to 57% faster boot time. Something I was able to experience and verify on a different ThinkPad.