September 28, 2012

Enterprise War: iPad Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Unlike many other blue-chip Windows OEMs, Lenovo has been doing very well recently Battery For Lenovo ThinkPad W700 Series — and the Tablet 2 will likely be expected to do heated battle with Microsoft's own Surface in the waning months of the year. Look for it to launch in October around the same time as Windows 8 (likely even the same day); pricing is yet to be announced.

There's no doubt that the iPad has taken the tablet market by storm. Its sprawling collection of apps and eye-catching display have made Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds AC adapter it the clear-cut winner in the consumer market. And with the bring-your-own-device trend picking up the pace, Apple's flagship tablet has been inching its way into the hearts of enterprise users, as well.

There’s full sized USB, that old favorite the TrackPoint, and the option for integrated 3G/4G for road warriors. Pull out the stylus – as long as you’ve specified the active digitizer option Lenovo ThinkPad W700 AC adapter– and you can use handwriting recognition and sketch in OneNote. We do wish Lenovo had gone for a bigger pen, however, as Lenovo’s barrel is a little thinner than we’d like.

There are still a few glitches with screen responsiveness that the company is working on, but overall, the tablet seemed snappy and responsive. As for the hardware itself, the build quality is solid, Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds battery if not entirely having that premium feel thanks to the use of annoying port covers and a plastic shell that's not the world's most rigid. But the lightness and slimness of the tablet makes those annoyances more bearable (especially considering this is an enterprise device first).

Lenovo refers to an "upcoming Intel Atom" processor with Intel x86 architecture, which suggests an as-yet-unannounced Intel CPU will be at the heart of the tablet. In tablets running Windows 7, Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds AC adapter however, we've seen Atom-powered systems fall short of what we expect from a Windows device. 

Lenovo says that this tablet has been developed in partnership with Intel, so it's likely that the unannounced hardware offers a bump up in processing power. But until specifics are known it's a big question mark. Whether or not the new Lenovo ThinkPad W700 adapter operating system and hardware make a winning combination is yet to be seen.

On top of that it has a new keyboard and trackpad that's coated in a rubberlike material. It's also the lightest 14-inch laptop on the market. It starts at $1,299 and while it runs Windows 7 now, it is Windows 8 ready and will only cost $14.99 to upgrade at the end of October.

The price, so far, Lenovo is only saying the tablet will be available in October, when Windows 8 starts shipping. For now, we've got a mix of glossy press shots for your viewing pleasure, along with some hands-on photos we took in advance of tonight's announcement.

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September 20, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad X220

Weighing only 1.7kg(without the Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 AC adapter), the ThinkPad X220 can easily be carried around for a day and its briefcase-friendly 306 x 232 x 33mm dimensions make it an excellent choice for a regular traveller.

Quick Specifications:
12.5″ HD Premium LED B/L (1366×76 AntiGlare w/o Camera
i7-2620M 2.70GHz Processor w/ HD3000
Intel QM67
Intel AMT
Gigabit Ethernet
No Modem
Bluetooth
Ultranav (Touchpad and Trackpoint) w/ FPR
Express Card Slot
4-in-1 Media Card Reader
3 Year Carry-In
Power Supply 65W
Win7 Pro 64 Sticker
160 GB Solid State Drive No HW Encryption
4GB PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SODIMM SDRAM
ThinkPad Battery 29++ (9 Cell) for X220
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 – 802.11 a/b/g/n
WLAN activate

The ThinkPad X230 updates the lineup not with brand new looks, but with the new Precision Keyboard layout and the all-important Ivy Bridge chipset under the hood. Otherwise, exterior qualities remain largely the same as last year’s model. Although seemingly trivial at first glance, Lenovo G460 AC adapter these two changes directly affect the user experience and can actually make the X230 feel like a different beast compared to the X220 despite their similarities. In this review, we investigate the changes both inside and out and give our final thoughts on the rather controversial keyboard update.

At barely 4 hours of video playback time, battery life has taken a hit from the nearly 5 hours on a single Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 adapter charge the X220 offered, despite similar brightness levels.

And then there’s the keyboard. With its Ivy Bridge units, Lenovo is migrating all its laptops to island-style keyboards. And if you’re familiar with the IdeaPad keyboard, you know what to expect. Like many, I’m already nostalgic for the old design. Lenovo’s chicklets are better than most vendors’ renditions, Lenovo ThinkPad E40 adapter but I continue to make more mistakes typing on them than on the rightfully lauded old keyboard. The backlash, I’m sure, is going to be palpable.

You will find a full feature set on this laptop computer. A 720p HD webcam is included, along with dual microphones, which make video chatting and web conferencing possible on this laptop. This device offers several features ideal for video chats including a private chat mode. This eliminates background noise during a call. There is also a keyboard suppression feature that lowers the noise made from typing on the keys during video calls.

There are several ports and slots located on the laptop including three USB ports, an SD card reader, Lenovo G460 adapter, a 54mm express card reader and a combo port for both a microphone and a headphone. This device also has Hard Disk Drive Retention, which will secure the hard drive if the laptop falls. This security feature is a must-have to protect your hard drive and all the information you store within it.

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