Lenovo's lightweight X Series ThinkPads feature Intel's "Sandy Bridge" chips and, in the case of the X220 laptop, the option of 24 hours of battery life.
introduced the ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet PC, its second new round of
thin and light business ThinkPad notebooks, in the last few weeks, to be
updated with Intel's "Sandy Bridge" 2nd
Generation Core processors.
The chips are said to be 20 percent faster than previous generations and to
offer twice the graphics performance.
Microsoft Windows 7, the X220 notebook weighs just under 3 pounds and features
a 12.5-inch high-definition or Premium HD display, a Trackpoint and a
button-less Touchpad that's 45 percent larger than on earlier models.
Tablet PC is a laptop with swivel hinge, enabling its display to be turned and
folded flat, for use like a, well, writing tablet. It weighs 3.88 pounds, with
a four-cell battery, and features a 12.5-inch HD display with Infinity glass,
two-finger touch and five-finger gesture capabilities, or Gorilla Glass with
pen input. It has also passed eight military-spec tests for durability and
reliability, making it appropriate for outdoor tasks and untraditional
Lenovo's Feb. 22 ThinkPad introductions, the new Intel chips help enable
big-time battery life. The ThinkPad X220, with its standard 9-cell battery,
gets 15 hours of battery life. Add the external battery, and that rises to 24
hours-enough for a flight to Asia
, as one analyst has
comparison, the Sony Vaio S Series
, introduced March 7, can also
offer 15 hours of battery life, but that's with an Extended Battery Sheet,
which sells separately for approximately $150 and adds about a pound).
combination to Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which increases processor
speed during arduous tasks, and Lenovo Turbo Boost+, designed to enable the PC
to stay in Turbo Boost mode longer by keeping processor temperatures in check,
the new laptops reportedly achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life for
tasks such as playing movies. (One can't be expected to prepare PowerPoint
presentations during the whole flight, after all.)
speed-optimized PCs fit the same full-powered CPUs as bigger 14- and 15-inch
laptops for full performance, while similar weight competitors offer only
low-powered CPUs," Lenovo said in a March 8 statement.
feature Lenovo's Enhanced Experience 2.0, for rapid boot-up, shut down and
resuming from sleep, and an Instant Resume function that maintains connections
during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes, so users don't need to login and
reconnect again. Both also feature Webcams, microphones with various private
chat and conference-call modes, and keyboards with noise-suppression
technology, to reduce distracting typing sounds during video calls. Finally,
both offer the option of a USB 3.0 port, said to transfer data at 10 times that
of a USB 2.0 port, WiMAX, WiFi, WLAN and WWAN connectivity options, and
multiple hard drive and solid-state drive options.
comes with "never-lost-pen" technology that can notify a user when the tablet
is being moved without the pen in the pen holder, and a hinge design that's
said to save space and enable better antenna and speaker placement. The X220
notebook features a spill-resistant keyboard with wider drain holes and a
50-percent improvement in drop-test performance.
The ThinkPad X
Series has everything a modern road warrior needs without compromises," including
low weight, long battery life and high performance, Dilip Bhatia, vice
president of Lenovo's ThinkPad marketing, said in a statement.
April, the X220 laptop will start at $899 and the X220 Tablet PC at $1,199.