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Email required. Across the T series lineup, you'll find Wi-Fi 6 or 6E, 4G and 5G configurations, and FullHD webcams—though many features are optional or not default when you configure the devices. Here are the starting prices and availability dates for each of the T and X series laptops:.
Other updated products include the L14, L15, and PL14s, as well as a new monitor carrying the P40w label. If you're interested in those models, you can learn more at Lenovo's website. You must login or create an account to comment. Skip to main content. He covers Apple and display tech, as well as hardware and software for developers and creative professionals.
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Several unique features have appeared in the ThinkPad line, like drive protection, pointing stick or TPM chips. While few features remain unique to the series, several laptop technologies originated on ThinkPads: . This software can give additional support for system management backup, encrypting, system drivers installation and upgrade, system monitoring and other. Currently some old features are replaced by internal Windows 10 features.
ThinkShutter is the branding of a webcam privacy shutter present in some ThinkPad notebook computers. It is a simple mechanical sliding cover that allows the user to obstruct the webcam's view. IdeaPad notebooks carry the TrueBlock branding for their privacy shutters. Some ThinkPad models have a keyboard membrane and drain holes P series, classic T series and T p models , and some have a solid rubber or plastic membrane like X1 series and current T and X series , without draining holes.
The "roll cage" is a internal frame, designed to minimize motherboard flex current P series and T p series or magnesium composite case all other hi-end models. The display modules lacks a magnesium frames, and some models have a common issue with a cracked plastic lid. Option for some ThinkPad that still uses the 2. The fingerprint reader was introduced as an option by IBM in ThinkPads were one of the first laptops to include this feature.
The Mobile broadband support is a common feature for most of actual ThinkPad models after ; the support of 3x3 MIMO is a common feature for most of hi-end models. The some additional features dock stations, UltraBay, accessories support were listed in Accessories section. External keyboard light, replaced by internal backlight; is an LED light located at the top of the LCD screen which illuminates the keyboard from above.
Only T, W and X series ThinkPad's feature for some models — internal secondary battery as succession of secondary UltraBay battery that support a hot-swapping of primary battery. The keyboard design was replaced by the Chiclet style keyboard current — The keyboard adopted by Lenovo in over the original IBM keyboard design.
And does not support the ThinkLight to illuminate the keyboard, instead using a keyboard backlight. Some ThinkPad models during the intermission period between the classic IBM design and the Lenovo chiclet design could be outfitted with both the backlit chiclet style keyboard and the ThinkLight.
The introduced in line of hi-end displays with wide view angles  and optional high resolution up to 15" x  or rarely x pixels. Partially dropped in after partial defunct of BOE-Hydis display supplier , and reintroduced as ordinary IPS screen option in Some Lenovo laptops such as the X, W and T block third-party batteries. Lenovo calls this feature "Battery Safeguard".
It was first introduced on some models in May Laptops with this feature scan for security chips that only ThinkPad-branded batteries contain. The ThinkPad has shipped with Microsoft Windows from its inception until present day. This continued through the Lenovo transition with the T60p, until September ThinkPad hardware continued to be certified for Linux. Following that, Lenovo then began making Ubuntu available as a preinstalled option across nearly thirty different notebook and desktop models,  and Fedora Linux on all of its P series lineup.
On these devices, Chrome OS is the only officially supported operating system where installation of Windows and other operating systems requires putting the device into developer mode. ThinkPads have been used heavily in space programs. NASA purchased more than ThinkPad laptops for flight qualification, software development, and crew training, and astronaut and senator John Glenn used ThinkPad laptops on his spaceflight mission STS in ThinkPad models used on Shuttle missions include: .
The ThinkPad flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope on 2 December , running a NASA test program which checked if radiation in the space environment caused memory anomalies or other unexpected problems. ThinkPads have also been used on space stations. ThinkPads used aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station feature safety and operational improvements for the environment they must operate in.
Modifications include Velcro tape to attach to surfaces, upgrades to the CPU and video card cooling fans to accommodate for microgravity in which warmer air does not rise and lower density of the cabin air, and an adapter for the station's 28 volt DC power.
ThinkPads have enjoyed cult popularity for many years. Newer models are also still popular among consumers and businesses nowadays as of , though Lenovo has received some backlash in recent years for the apparent declining quality of their ThinkPad line as well as all their other lines in general , many customers being unhappy with the build quality and reliability, or lack thereof, of their devices.
Aftermarket parts have been developed for some models, such as the X60 and X, for which custom motherboards with more modern processors have been created. In January , Lenovo celebrated one hundred million ThinkPads being sold. Laptop Magazine in called the ThinkPad the highest-quality laptop computer keyboard available. The Enderle Group's Rob Enderle said that the constant thing about ThinkPad is that the "brand stands for quality" and that "they build the best keyboard in the business.
It lasted 8 hours and 21 minutes on a single charge with its 8-cell battery. In the survey, they were ranked second behind eMachines. The ThinkPad Yoga is an Ultrabook-class convertible device that functions as both a laptop and tablet computer. The Yoga gets its name from the consumer-oriented IdeaPad Yoga line of computers with the same form factor.
The ThinkPad Yoga has a backlit keyboard that flattens when flipped into tablet mode. This was accomplished on 1st generation X1 Yoga with a platform surrounding the keys that rises until level with the keyboard buttons, a locking mechanism that prevents key presses, and feet that pop out to prevent the keyboard from directly resting on flat surfaces.
On later X1 Yoga generations, the keys themselves retract in the chassis, so the computer rests on fixed small pads. Touchpad is disabled in this configuration. Lenovo implemented this design in response to complaints about its earlier Yoga 13 and 11 models being awkward to use in tablet mode. A reinforced hinge was required to implement this design.
Other than its convertible form factor, the ThinkPad Yoga retains standard ThinkPad features such as a black magnesium-reinforced chassis, island keyboard, a red TrackPoint, and a large touchpad. The tablet has been described by Gadget Mix as a premium business tablet. Slashgear summarized the ThinkPad Tablet by saying, "The stylus and the styling add up to a distinctive slate that doesn't merely attempt to ape Apple's iPad.
In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad, Lenovo held a large party in New York where it announced several products, including the Tablet 2. Lenovo says that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available on 28 October when Windows 8 is released. It will be able to run any desktop software compatible with this version of Windows. The Tablet 2 is based on the Clover Trail version of the Intel Atom processor that has been customized for tablets.
The Tablet 2 has a An 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera are included along with a noise-canceling microphone in order to facilitate video conferencing. ThinkPad 8 has an 8. Other features include an aluminum chassis, micro-HDMI port, 8-megapixel back camera with flash , and optional 4G connectivity. It runs Windows 8 as an operating system. Announced in May , Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is a successor to the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and was scheduled to launch in the summer of along with accessories such as a docking station and external detachable magnetic keyboards.
It used Windows 8. It was available in 64 and GB variants with 1. The ThinkPad 11e is a "budget" laptop computer for schools and students with an inch screen and without trackpoint. The E Series is a low-cost ThinkPad line, designed for small business mass-market requirements, and currently contains only a 14" and 15" sub-lines.
The E series also lack metals like magnesium and carbon fibre in their construction which other members of the ThinkPad family enjoy. The L Series have 3 sub-lines, the long-running 14" and The T series historically had high-end features, such as magnesium alloy roll-cages, high-density IPS screens known as FlexView discontinued after the T60 series , 7-row keyboards, screen latches, the Lenovo UltraBay , and ThinkLight.
Models included both Since , the entire ThinkPad line was given a complete overhaul, with modifications such as the removal of separate buttons for use with the TrackPoint xx40 series — , then reintroduced xx50 series — , removal of separate audio control buttons, removal of screen latch, and the removal of LED indicator lights. Models starting from the xx40 series featured a Power Bridge battery system, which had a combination of a lower capacity built-in battery and a higher capacity external battery, enabling the user to switch the external without putting the computer into hibernation.
However, beginning with the xx90 series models, the external battery was removed in favor of a single internal battery. Also, non-widescreen displays are no longer available, with aspect ratio as the only remaining choice. These are the last ThinkPads to use the classic 7-row keyboard, with the exception of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25th anniversary edition released on Oct.
Over time, The T series ThinkPad's purpose has changed. Starting with the T, The ThinkPad T series became a less of a high-end business laptop and became more suited as a mobile workstation, becoming similar to the W-series or P-series ThinkPads. The ThinkPad became more of an overall office machine than a mobile workstation.
By today's standards, The ThinkPad T series is thicker than most of its competitors. The X Series is the main high-end ultraportable ThinkPad line, offering a lightweight, highly portable laptop with moderate performance. The current sub-lines for the X series includes:. The daughter line includes the X1 Tablet not to be confused with the X Series tablets.
Discontinued mainstream lines such as the 12" X s , X s , and X models could be ordered with all of the high-end ThinkPad features like Trackpoint, ThinkLight, a 7-row keyboard, a docking port, hot-swappable HDD , solid magnesium case and optional slice battery. The discontinued However, it lacked the lid latch mechanism which was present on the previous X and X versions.
The The obsolete low-cost The Xe was also offered in red in addition to blue, and white in some countries. The X Series with "tablet" suffixes is an outdated variant of the 12" X Series models, with low voltage CPUs and a flip-screen tablet resistive touchscreen.
These include the traditional ThinkPad features, and have been noted for using a higher quality AFFS-type screen with better viewing angles compared to the screens used on other ThinkPads. The P Series excluding models with 's' suffix is designed for engineers, architects, animators, etc.
All P Series models come included with fingerprint readers. The ThinkPad P Series includes features such as dedicated magnesium roll cages, more indicator LED lights, and high-resolution displays. The Z series currently consists of two models: the inch model, Z13, and the inch model, Z The Verge wrote: "Lenovo is trying to make ThinkPads cool to the kids.
The company has launched the ThinkPad Z-series, a thin and light ThinkPad line with funky colors, eco-friendly packaging, and a distinctly modern look. The Z13 model was introduced in three new colors—black, silver, and black vegan leather with bronze accents—while the Z16 is only available in one of them, silver.
Other notable features include p webcams, OLED displays, new, redesigned touchpads, spill resistant keyboards, Dolby Atmos speaker systems, and Windows 11 with Windows Hello support. Lenovo also makes a range of accessories meant to complement and enhance the experience of using a ThinkPad device.
These include:. The ThinkPad Stack line of products includes accessories designed for portability and interoperability. This line includes external hard drives, a wireless router, a power bank, and a Bluetooth 4. Each Stack device includes rubber feet, magnets, and pogo-pin power connections that allow the use of a single cable. The combined weight of all the Stack devices is slightly less than two pounds. The Stack has a "blocky, black, and rectangular" look with the ThinkPad logo.
It shares a common design language with ThinkPad laptop computers. Current docking stations or docks add much of the functional abilities of a desktop computer, including multiple display outputs, additional USB ports, and occasionally other features. This allows the ThinkPads to be connected and disconnected from various peripherals quickly and easily. Recent docks connect via a proprietary connector located on the underside of the laptops; or via USB-C.
An external USB 3. It requires the input of a 4 digit PIN to access data and this can be set by the user. These drives are manufactured for lenovo by Apricorn, Inc. Notable models include. ThinkPad mice come in several different varieties ranging from Bluetooth ones through wired ones, to even ones with a trackpoint built-in and labelled as a scroll point. They are mostly sold with the "thinkplus" branding in Asia notably south-east Asia and are popular there.
Also known as Clavius or Chandra2,  it contains unusual features like the presence of three PCMCIA slots and the use of dual camcorder batteries as a source of power. Hitachi marketed Chandra2 as the Prius Note Models had a The s have no optical disc drives and an external floppy drive.
An optional extended battery sticks out the bottom like a bar and props up the back of the laptop. Weighing in at 2. The series was offered as a slightly lower-price alternative from the series,  with a few exceptions. The ThinkPad P and PE was a low-end version of ThinkPad P,  and was unique model in the series in that it could be used as a regular laptop, or transform into a tablet by flipping the monitor on top of itself. The ED boasts the unique flip-up keyboard that was standard on all ThinkPads.
Any other drives were external or in the 's case in the UltraBase. They weighed in at around 4 lb 1. The series , E, and X are the direct predecessors of the T series. The series packed a IBM was able to create this light, fully featured machine by using lightweight but strong carbon fiber composite plastics. The battery shipped with some series models had a manufacturing defect that left it vulnerable to memory effect and resulted in poor battery life, but this problem can be avoided by use of a third-party battery.
The series was a hi-end ThinkPad line; The released models T, T and T tablets; , , , , , , , , laptops with various sub-models can be configured with the best screens, largest hard drives and fastest processors available in the ThinkPad range;   some features can be found only on a series models,  and was the first successful ThinkPad introduced in that was a tablet PC T model without a keyboard and a mouse.
The ThinkPad i Series was introduced by IBM in and was geared towards a multimedia focus with many models featuring independent integrated CD players and multimedia access buttons. These models were largely only available in Asia Pacific. IBM offered an optional piano black lid on these models designed by the Yamato Design lab.
The ThinkPad S31 with the piano black finish option sitting on top of a Z61t; both ThinkPads deviate from the usual matte black. The S31 with the lid open showing the unique protruding keyboard; no touchpad was offered, to keep the laptop compact. The A-series was developed as an all-around productivity machine, equipped with hardware powerful enough to make it a desktop replacement.
Hence it was the biggest and heaviest ThinkPad series of its time, but also had features not even found in a T-series of the same age. The A-series was dropped in favor of the G-series and R-series. The A31 was released in as a desktop replacement system equipped with: A Pentium 4-M processor clocked at 1. The R Series was a budget line, beginning with the R30 in and ending with the R and R presented in The R series reintroduced in for Chinese market only with the same hardware as E series models, but with aluminum display cover, discrete GPU, TPM chip and fingerprint reader.
The G-series consisted of only three models, the G40, G41 and G Being large and heavy machines, equipped with powerful desktop processors, this line of ThinkPads consequently served mainly as replacements for desktop computers.
The Z series was released as a high-end multimedia laptop; as a result this was the first ThinkPad to feature a widescreen aspect ratio display. Running fully virtualised operating systems via Xen or VMware is therefore possible. The "year anniversary" Thinkpad model based on a X60s laptop. This model was initially known inside of Lenovo as the "Scout". This was the name of the horse ridden by Tonto , the sidekick from the s television series The Lone Ranger.
Lenovo envisioned the Scout as a very high-end ThinkPad that would be analogous to a luxury car. Each unit was covered in fine leather embossed with its owners initials. Extensive market research was conducted on how consumers would perceive this form factor.
It was determined that they appreciated that it emphasised warmth, nature, and human relations over technology. It came bundled with premium services including a dedicated hour technical support hotline that would be answered immediately.
The SL Series was launched in as a low-end ThinkPad targeted mainly geared toward small businesses. Models offered included The W-series laptops were introduced by Lenovo as workstation-class laptops with their own letter designation, a descendant of prior ThinkPad T series models suffixed with 'p' e.
T61p , and are geared towards CAD users, photographers, power users, and others, who need a high-performance system for demanding tasks.. The W-series laptops were launched in , at the same time as the Intel Centrino 2, marking an overhaul of Lenovo's product lineup. The first two W-series laptops introduced were the W and the W Previously available were the W7xx series 17" widescreen model , the W The W7xx series were also available with a Wacom digitizer built into the palm rest.
These high-performance workstation models offered more high-end components, such as quad core CPUs and higher-end workstation graphics compared to the T-series, and were the most powerful ThinkPad laptops available. The W release marked the end of the lid latch, ThinkLight, and hot-swappable UltraBays found in earlier models. The ThinkPad W-series laptops from Lenovo are described by the manufacturer as being "mobile workstations", and suit that description by being physically on the larger side of the laptop spectrum, with screens ranging from 15" to 17" in size.
Notable exceptions are the W, which has ATI FireGL integrated workstation-class graphics, and the Ws, which is an Ultrabook -specification laptop with only a dual-core processor. The ThinkPad W series has been discontinued and replaced by the P series mobile workstations. The Edge Series was released early in as small business and consumer-end machines. The design was a radical departure compared to the traditional black boxy ThinkPad design, with glossy surfaces optional matte finish on later models , rounded corners, and silver trim.
They were also offered in red, a first for the traditionally black ThinkPads. Models included An As of August , the S Series includes S and S models; their cases are made of aluminum and magnesium alloy, available in silver and gunmetal colors. The Twist gets its name from its screen's ability to twist in a manner that converts the device into a tablet.
The Twist has a In a review for Engadget Dana Wollman wrote, "Lately, we feel like all of our reviews of Windows 8 convertibles end the same way. The ThinkPad Twist has plenty going for it: a bright IPS display, a good port selection, an affordable price and an unrivaled typing experience. Like ThinkPads past, it also offers some useful software features for businesses lacking dedicated IT departments.
The new T-series laptops still have displays, though that admittedly makes a bit more sense for laptops that offer 4K Dolby Vision display configurations, discrete graphics, and other specs and features oriented around media consumption. The T14 and T14s have inch displays, and the 15 has a Intel versions of various new Thinkpad laptops have an "i" after the name—as in, Lenovo ThinkPad T14 i. The AMD versions don't. Across the T series lineup, you'll find Wi-Fi 6 or 6E, 4G and 5G configurations, and FullHD webcams—though many features are optional or not default when you configure the devices.
Here are the starting prices and availability dates for each of the T and X series laptops:. Other updated products include the L14, L15, and PL14s, as well as a new monitor carrying the P40w label. If you're interested in those models, you can learn more at Lenovo's website. You must login or create an account to comment. Skip to main content.
System Update downloads data updates for software, drivers and BIOS from a Lenovo server directly over the Internet without requiring specific user. arrow How to run Lenovo System Update ; Think Products with Windows 7, 8, , and ; 1. Click the Start button > All Programs > Lenovo > Lenovo System Update. Lenovo System Update is a small Win32 application that can be preinstalled at the factory as part of a custom image or downloaded by IT. · When launched, Lenovo.