Lenovo today updated its ThinkPad series giving the laptop line a sleek new look and Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge chips.
Though the last couple of weeks have been more LePad than ThinkPad, Lenovo has shaken things up this morning with the launch of the ThinkPad T, L and W notebooks. All told there’s six new notebooks, the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520.
In the updated T series, Lenovo is promising improved boot times, along with improved battery life. While the super-slim T420s will supposedly deliver a 30 percent boost in boot times, the T420 will deliver up to 30 hours of battery with a standard 9-cell (15 hours) and an optional 9-cell slice battery. The 15.6-inch T520 is a little bulkier but packs the same power as its two smaller siblings. All boast the latest Core CPUs, (i5 and i7) and Nvidia graphics (GeForce 4200M GPU, 1GB of VRAM).
Lenovo is touting the W520 (pictured) as a mobile workstation and with options for up to the quad-core versions of Intel’s Core i-series, Fermi graphics, support for up to 32GB of DDR3 and USB 3.0, the W520 definitely lives up to that classification. It’s got a 15.6-inch display, so it’s not a behemoth, but it’s a hefty old girl with a weight of just under 6 lbs, so it’s probably for the best that this isn’t a 17-incher.
Lastly, there’s the 14-inch L420 and 15.6-inch L520. These represent the newest arrivals to the Lenovo’s entry-level business line. Both come with the new Core i-series chips and can be configured for up to 8GB of DDR3. No USB 3.0 here, but USB 2.0 out the wazoo with four ports on each.
All six machines will be available in March and pricing for the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at approximately $1,329, $779, $909, $719, $719 and $1329, respectively.