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Lenovo Launches New AMD-powered ThinkPads

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

CES 2010 is just around the corner and although most companies are preparing themselves for big reveals in Las Vegas, some have accidentally let the cat out of the bag a bit early.

Over the weekend, the folks at Lenovo inadvertently published product pages detailing many of the company's new releases due to be unveiled at CES. Soon after, Lenovo revealed more details on the leaked products. Enter the ThinkPad Edge series along with Lenovo's first entry-level ultraportable, the X100e, which starts at under $500, and the T410s, T410, T510 and W510.

The Edge

The Edge is probably causing the biggest splash of the lot. Specs-wise you're looking at a $549 base model packing either AMD's Turion (1.6GHz) or Athlon (1.5 GHz) dual core processor, 4GB of DDR2 and a 160GB HDD. From there, the choices for configurations are aplenty, with options for Intel's Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV CPU and GS45 chipset; DDR3 RAM and up to 500GB of storage. These changes will, of course, drag that super-sweet $549 base price up around the $800 to $900 mark.

When it comes to design, Lenovo has ditched its traditional keyboard in favor of the increasingly popular chiclet keys. While the company has held on to the famous TrackPoint nub and it remains slap-bang in the middle of the keypad, the new, curved keys offer a spill resistant keyboard that looks just as sleek and professional as the older ThinkPad models.

The Edge will be available in 13.3-inch, 14-inch ad 15-inch models. It also comes in red if you're into looking fly. The 13.3-inch model is shipping now but the versions with larger displays aren't out 'til spring.

X100e

While the Edge is creating a lot of hype, the one I'm most interested in is the X100e. Ear-marked as Lenovo's first entry-level ultra-portable, the X100e's starting price is $449; a price not too many Lenovo fans are used to seeing. You're looking at an 11.6-inch HD display, AMD's Athlon Neo or Turion, Wifi, optional Bluetooth and 3G, 3xUSB, 4-in-1 card reader, a full-size keyboard, HD audio and Windows 7 Professional.

The T410s, T410, T510 and W510

Enough of small and affordable, these four are yet more additions to Lenovo's classic ThinkPad line up. According to the leaked product pages, the T410s ad W510 will boast Core i5 while the T410 and T510 will pack Core i7.

 Lenovo 'new product showcase' (via Engadget)

 ThinkPad Edge

 Lenovo X100e

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    tsk_cable , January 4, 2010 1:25 PM
    I'm glad to see more amd processors besides HP notebooks.
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    aracheb , January 4, 2010 1:29 PM
    yes, i would love to chew on one those ultra portable...

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    mrcmark , January 4, 2010 1:44 PM
    great price.
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    socrates047 , January 4, 2010 2:14 PM
    At least the notebooks look decent aesthetically speaking. I have seen people with lenovo notebooks in my university and they look like weird block things.
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    deadlockedworld , January 4, 2010 2:31 PM
    Althon? that must be a new processor.
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    SAL-e , January 4, 2010 2:32 PM
    Socrates047At least the notebooks look decent aesthetically speaking. I have seen people with lenovo notebooks in my university and they look like weird block things.

    I don't care how my "block thing" looks. Each ThinkPad I used lasted more then 5 years each. This time I'm a bit worried. They are changing the keyboard and the ThinkPads have one of the best keyboard around. Lets hope that new keyboard is good also. I will try it at CES.
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    konjiki7 , January 4, 2010 3:26 PM
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    At least the notebooks look decent aesthetically speaking. I have seen people with lenovo notebooks in my university and they look like weird block things.
    I have to agree the old think pads do look like bricks. I use my think pad as a high-tech door stop. At 9 years old it still works though!
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    Hatecrime69 , January 4, 2010 6:04 PM
    the red ones certainly look sexy, though i'm not so sure about the chicklet-looking keyboard
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    retirepresident , January 4, 2010 7:07 PM
    I hope AMD release these Athlon Neo X2(22 watts) to retail/end use market. Go AMD/ATI and I hope Intel lose another 20-40 share market. For what they have done to AMD/ATI and consumer.
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    cracklint , January 4, 2010 7:51 PM
    Man i hate the nub
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    saint19 , January 4, 2010 8:10 PM
    Ohhh... Looks good, but the performance?, maybe is a good option for people like me that don't need the power of Intel on his laptop.
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    ubernoobie , January 4, 2010 8:29 PM
    saint19Ohhh... Looks good, but the performance?, maybe is a good option for people like me that don't need the power of Intel on his laptop.

    Intel doesn't always have best performance. (atom anyone?)
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    Kelavarus , January 4, 2010 11:51 PM
    Hey, Jane, might want to check your first spelling of Athlon.

    Great article, shame there's not more info available. I might actually pick up one of those X100e models, will wait till they've been used by others first, though.
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    naterandrews , January 5, 2010 3:39 AM
    Nice! I've been eying the V13 from Dell, but this seems just as nice (and includes HDMI- something the Dell lacked). Not sure about the performance or size though, are these going to be pretty slim?

    The prices are pretty good, and I like that there is a good upgrade path to the Intel CULV chips.
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2010 4:24 AM
    What are you people talking about? Lenovo usually always ranks at the bottom of reliability tests. I would buy most any brand of computer before Lenovo. The only people that I really see that purchase Lenovo do it because they feel they are supporting China by buying one.
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    walt526 , January 5, 2010 6:59 AM
    A 9 year-old Thinkpad would have been sold before the Lenovo merger. The IBM Thinkpads were indeed built to last, even if they were a bit clunky. I had a 770ED in college (purchased in Summer 1998, first laptop with a DVD drive) and it was incredibly durable. Unfortunately, my needs eclipsed the capabilities of a Pentium II in 2002, but my dad used my old Thinkpad after me for several years after that.

    FWIW, right now I think that the ASUS makes the most durable laptops.
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    JMcEntegart , January 5, 2010 10:45 AM
    KelavarusHey, Jane, might want to check your first spelling of Athlon. Great article, shame there's not more info available. I might actually pick up one of those X100e models, will wait till they've been used by others first, though.


    Thanks. :)