Lenovo has announced two new natty new thin’n’light laptops christened the ThinkPad Edge E220s, and the ThinkPad Edge E420s.
ThinkPad Edge E220s
Sporting a rather unconventionally-sized 12.5 inch LED-backlit display, the Edge E220s is aimed at suit-packing, swivel action business types with its understated looks bringing a brusque determination to the boardroom table.
Wrapped up in an aluminium-magnesium lid with a matte finish, the Edge E220s measures up at a lithe 12.3″ x 8.4″ x 0.86″ and weighs 3.5 pounds and comes with a trackpad and Lenovo’s trademark TouchPoint system.
Everything is changing
“How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing,” insisted Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo.
“The new ThinkPad Edge premium laptops give users technology that is extremely personal, beautiful and powerful so they can accomplish their business goals and keep up with their personal lives.”
His company also insist that the new laptop, “Marries Urban Attitude and Performance-Driven Technologies,” but we’ll ignore alll that because it’s patently bollocks.
Talking of which, here’s the promo video. It’s not very good.
Pick and mix
The Edge E220s laptop will be served up in a selection of Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors, with support for up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Other options include 5400RPM or 7200RPM hard drives, 80GB or 128GB SSDs and 3G and 4G/WiMAX connectivity.
Other features include a high definition 720p HD webcam, VGA and HDMI ports, Dolby sound, onboard Wi-Fi, and 3 USB ports (one powered) and a 4-on-1 card reader.
ThinkPad Edge E420s
There’s also a bigger brother to the E220s in the shape of the ThinkPad Edge E420s which ups the display size to 14.1 inches, and offers extra options including AMD Radeon switchable graphics (depending on the market) and a slot-loading DVD burner.
The Edge E220s and E420s will be available in April, and will be priced at $899 and $749 respectively.
Lenovo Adds Curves, Style and Attitude to Next-Gen ThinkPad Edge Small Business Laptops
Marries Urban Attitude and Performance-Driven Technologies with ThinkPad Quality and Reliability
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 3, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced two new laptops that elevate small-to-medium (SMB) business computing with luxurious and sophisticated design, cutting-edge technologies and extra features to go beyond business computing.
The ThinkPad Edge E220s and E420s laptops catch attention with their jaw-dropping, premium design. Small details make a big difference: the stunning infinity screen, a matte finish that’s soft to the touch and real metal accents project a cosmopolitan image.
The laptops are also business performance powerhouses, featuring increased performance and integrated graphics in the upcoming second generation Intel® CoreTM processor technology, Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 for rapid boot up and a range of wireless connectivity technologies. They also crossover for serious play with Dolby Home Theatre® audio and high definition video conferencing.
“How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “The new ThinkPad Edge premium laptops give users technology that’s extremely personal, beautiful and powerful so they can accomplish their business goals and keep up with their personal lives.”
Eye-Catching, Intriguing Design
With a chic, modern and clean appearance, Lenovo designed the 12.5-inch E220s and 14-inch E420s to turn heads. Strikingly thin and light, the E220s measures less than one inch thick and weighs less than 3.5 pounds1 for excellent portability, while the slightly larger E420s starts at just one-inch and four pounds2. They both feature metal accents that frame the black, soft-matte exterior.
Inside they display an infinity screen for a TV-like appearance. The contemporary ThinkPad keyboard, recognized for providing the same comfortable typing experience as ThinkPad classic laptops, and an extra large clickpad fill the inside. The keyboard is spill-resistant too for peace of mind against accidental spills. For SMBs who need a physical device to play media, the E420s has a hidden, slim, slot-loading DVD player/burner.
Work Hard: Hard-Core Performance Under the Hood
Just as much attention went into the technology inside of the PCs as the elegant exteriors. To power both data-crunching, multitasking business activities and fun, personal entertainment, the E220s and E420s offer choices of upcoming Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.
Since every second counts, especially for busy SMBs, Lenovo created the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 to speed up boot time by 30 percent on select models with Rapid Drive technology3. Rapid Drive takes advantage of an SSD for faster boot speed. Lenovo also optimized the preload, drivers and BIOS for speedy start up.
Additionally, the laptops feature all of the latest wireless connectivity technologies: WiFi and optional mobile broadband and 4G/WiMAX4.
Play Hard: Beyond Business Features
When it comes to play, the E220s and E420s offer a premium experience starting with Dolby Home Theatre® audio. Clear, crisp Dolby certified audio makes music and videos rock. The laptops come equipped with Lenovo’s enhanced video conferencing technologies including a high-definition web camera, noise-cancelling keyboard software and high performance microphones and speakers. They also feature an HDMI port to show presentations to clients or to relax and watch on a PC monitor or flat-screen TV.
Watch a video of the E220s and E420s here.
More Choices for a Perfect Business Edge
Lenovo also announced the ThinkPad Edge E420 and E520 laptops for SMBs who need an attractive business-class laptop at an attractive price. They pack greater productivity technologies in a thinner design with upcoming Intel® CoreTM technology and the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 with Rapid Drive on select models.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad Edge E220s and E420s will be available beginning in April through www.lenovo.com and business partners. Models begin at approximately $899 and $749, respectively. The ThinkPad Edge E420 and E520 will be available beginning in April with models starting from approximately $599.