Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo ThinkPad X1, ThinkCentre Edge 91z Boost Company's Style Quotient

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-05-16 Print this article Print
Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Thin but by no means frail, the ThinkPad X1 features a 13.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass display, a spill-resistant keyboard, a magnesium chassis and what Lenovo calls Roll Cage technology. "We stand on them," said one Lenovo product manager. You stand on them? "Yep."
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 users—the "doers" it enables, in the parlance of a new ad campaign—want 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.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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