Lenovo unveils ThinkPad designs using AMD chips

The world's fourth largest PC maker, Lenovo, has announced a new look for it's ThinkPad line of laptop computers, as well as offering new budget laptops using AMD Neo chips. The announcement came ahead of the Consumer Electronics Shows being held in Las Vegas this week.

As reported by Reuters, the new ThinkPad Edge series of laptops will feature a sleeker design and a simplified keyboard with slightly larger keys. Targeted at small to medium-sized business customers, the laptop will be available in three colours and priced between $500 and $800. Edge laptops featuring AMD Turion and Athlon Neo chips will be released later this year.

Charles Sune, global marketing manager at Lenovo said that the use of AMD-based laptops will allow Lenovo to offer some lower priced laptops alongside their Intel-based offerings.

The company also announced a new entry-level ThinkPad X100e ultrathin laptop. Priced from $449, the laptop weighs just 3 pounds (0.45 kilograms) and includes an 11.6-inch screen, up to 250GB of hard drive space, 4GB of memory and ATI Radeon 3200 integrated graphics. Battery life of up to two hours can be expected for three-cell batteries, with six-cell batteries producing around five hours.

The new laptops will be available immediately and can be seen on display at CES in Las Vegas this week.

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I currently have an Acer Aspire ONE D150, which is a standard 10" LCD netbook which I find unsatisfactory for extended typing. The small keyboard is not as much a problem for me as is the trackpad: My hands brush the contact area during normal typing and this causes the mouse to relocated the cursor in a document as I type in it. Very annoying, as you might imagine.

I am a long-time fan of the ThinkPad series of notebook computers (my first was a 755CE, and while I think I would prefer a ThinkPad-branded netbook with a 10.2" LCD versus the 11.3" one on the X100e, the prospect of being able to use a full-sized ThinkPad-quality keyboard and TrackPoint, which I find superior to other input devices on notebooks is very welcome.

This morning I ordered a basic X100e model (1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and, I believe, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x86) with the optional Bluetooth module. I have 4GB of RAM (2x2GB SO-DIMMs), a 64GB SSD and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 to upgrade when it arrives.


Aryeh Goretsky

nothing makes me angrier.

not least because (in my experience) you can't remap it because it's hard-wired (thus why on some laptops it controls enabling/disabling wireless etc.).

Thankfully, I'm now used to using capslock as CTRL and subsequently map (not remap if that makes sense) CTRL to CAPS. I use SHIFT+CAPS to enter capslock as I hardly ever do it

chorpeac said,
They still have that damn FN button where the left control should be... BLAHHHH

Just get used to it. I personally don't have a problem with it, it only becomes a problem when you use other laptops. But who would use other laptops after you used a Thinkpad?

That's also to say that my Logitech diNovo Edge's Control key is twice the size, so even spending a good portion of the day on my desktop computer does not many a difference at all.

chconline said,
But who would use other laptops after you used a Thinkpad?

Are ThinkPad's really that great? I've never used them. But I'm planning to switch the company away from Dell after my last horrific experience (4 in a row was enough), so I'm looking at other brands.

I've never seen/heard of an unhappy Thinkpad user. As for the CTRL key placement, I don't get it either but it's not hard to get used to. Game controllers have buttons in different places and people don't complain about that.

Intelman said,
Well, the pounds are still correct, so nothing really has changed....

Whats this dreaming?

The dreaming is where 3 pounds is equivalent to 0.45 kg. Most people don't use pounds.

kivine said,
Dream on...

3 pounds = 1.36077711 kilograms

lol a laptop lighter then a bag of sugar or flour that will be the day :P

Hmm.. i hope they don't stray away from that classic thinkpad look.. but just improve on it.. they are the only PC manufacturer that keep the same theme going.. and I like that. Very consistent!

neufuse said,
I wish they'd start calling the screens LED backlit LCD ... LED screens sounds like OLED and that is confusing the heck out of the average consumer...

I don't think the average consumer knows about OLED, and anyone who does knows the difference.

neufuse said,

I wish they'd start calling the screens LED backlit LCD ... LED screens sounds like OLED and that is confusing the heck out of the average consumer...

You think? So far no one I know has heard of OLED from anyone but me... I think that's going to be a while yet before the average consumer starts paying attention to that term... Heck, LED isn't really something many pay attention to. "It has a screen? Is it pretty? Cool!".