Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad X1, ThinkCentre Edge 91z Boost Company's Style Quotient
With the ThinkPad X1 and ThinkCentre Edge 91z, Lenovo is showing a softer side, tweaking its ideas about design. While the company's bread and butter has been and is secure, rugged PCs for enterprise workers, it's coming around to the idea that its usersthe "doers" it enables, in the parlance of a new ad campaignwant to enjoy a more well-rounded device. "Just because it's a business device, doesn't mean it has to be boring," Dilip Bhatia, vice president of Lenovo's Think Product Group, said during an introduction of the pair of systems. The X1 is Lenovo's thinnest ThinkPad to date. It weighs 3.7 pounds, has the option of integrated 3G and a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and, for the first time on any ThinkPad, Dolby Home Theater sound technology. The 91z, at 2.5 inches thick, is one of the thinnest all-in-ones around, with a footprint that's 70 percent smaller than a tower desktop and monitor, by Lenovo's measurement. With up to an Intel i7 quad core processor, quickened boot-up time, 21.5-inch HD LED Infinity Screen and Windows 7 Professional, Lenovo is pitching it as an "unmatched combination of style and substance." Apple, with its iMac, may have something to say about that, but the Lenovo faithful are likely to wholeheartedly agree.