Lenovo has officially unveiled the ThinkPad X1 laptop computer, which certainly has that signature black box iconic look. But this business-meets-consumer notebook might be the best under the ThinkPad brand name yet.
Described as "the perfect marriage between form and function," the ThinkPad X1 comes across as a notebook designed for frequent business travelers who also want to use their laptops for personal uses. That consists of watching videos, editing and viewing hi-res photos and audio playback.
For those working out in the field often (i.e. engineering, construction, etc.), note that the ThinkPad has been passed at least eight military certifications, including safety in extreme temperatures and from dust. Additional design protective specs include Corning Gorilla Glass on the display, a rubber ring around the monitor and bezel, and a built-in accelerometer to protect the hard drive in case of drops. It's also compact enough to carry being 3.7 pounds and the slimmest ThinkPad yet at 17mm (0.67 inches) thin.
Additionally, Lenovo has tacked on some features that are more characteristic of consumer and gaming-grade laptops, such as a backlit keyboard. Speaking of the keyboard, the spill-resistant set-up features curved keys that are slightly larger than average keys. However, when I tried typing myself, it's hardly impossible to tell the difference in touch. The "smile" design is intended to reduce the amount of typing errors, which Lenovo reps affirmed has been tested extensively.
Here's a rundown of some of the most important specs found on the ThinkPad X1:
- 13-inch SuperBright Infinity HD display
- Second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor options
- Up to 8GB of DDR3 memory
- Windows 7 OS options
- Optional 3G mobile broadband
- Optional Bluetooth 3.0
- 720p HD webcam
- Fingerprint reader
- HDMI and USB 3.0 connectivity
- Dolby Home Theater v4 sound
- Intel Wireless Display and vPro technologies
- Battery life: Up to 10 hours; RapidCharge battery technology (Charges up to 80 percent in 30 minutes)
The ThinkPad X1 is available starting on May 17 with a starting price tag of $1,399.
For a closer look at the ThinkPad X1, take a peek at the (slightly ridiculous) promo video below:
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