Intel had an impressive showing of convertible devices at the annual CES 2014 convention two weeks ago. Among an array of Ultrabooks was the new 12.5 inch ThinkPad Yoga which I got to check out for the first time. Beyond Lenovo’s classic ‘Yoga’ convertible mechanism is a smart retractable keyboard and an amazing trackpad.
Lenovo is taking it’s convertible Ultrabook design into the business world, today announcing the ThinkPad Yoga. The ThinkPad Yoga comes with a unique keyboard that hides away when the unit is in tablet mode to create a smooth back to the unit.
Lenovo launched five new Thinkpads today. We’ve taken a look at the X240 here but now we’re looking closely at the Thinkpad T440 and T440s which obviously replace the T430/T431 range as 14-inch business-class Ultrabooks.
Lenovo launched five new Thinkpads today. We’re taking a closer look at each one in turn. First-up is what we consider to be the one that embraces what we love about Ultrabooks. High mobility, long battery life and lots of technology that helps to ‘get things done.’ The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 will replace the X230 and offer Ultrabook builds on the 15W TDP Haswell processors.
Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad T431s business Ultrabook, succeeding their prior T430s laptop. The new vPro equipped Ultrabook is aimed squarely at businesses, much like Lenovo’s premium ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The T431s has a 14-inch 1600×900 display (which can fold back 180 degrees), backlit keyboard, up to 12GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and more.
With the ThinkPad Twist and IdeaPad Yoga, Lenovo now has Ultrabook convertible options for its business and consumer laptop segments. The ThinkPad Twist, with starting price of $799, is actually one of the cheapest Ultrabook convertibles on the market. Surprisingly the consumer-positioned IdeaPad Yoga 13 is actually more expensive, starting at $999 — though it does come with a better display. The ThinkPad Twist is now available while the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is still a few weeks off.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook from Lenovo is certainly shaping up to be a great choice for a premium business laptop; it weighs in at 1.36kg with a 14″ screen and ample enterprise options. Now the anticipated Ultrabook is available for purchase. With good marks from early reviews, the lightweight X1 Carbon’s only downside might be the price!
If you’ve lately perused Lenovo Ultrabook offering you’ll have found the U310 and U410 consumer Ultrabooks and the soon to launch ThinkPad X1 Carbon for business users. Make room for one more in the business lineup because Lenovo is including the new ThinkPad T430U. The T430U looks to be Lenovo’s budget-business option for those who don’t want to pay the premium for the X1 Carbon’s 1.34kg weight and . With option discrete graphics (an interesting option for a business Ultrabook), up to 1TB of HDD storage, and up to 8GB of RAM, the ThinkPad T430U might be the enterprise Ultrabook you’re looking for.
A lot of people are excited about Lenovo’s upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This sleek Ultrabook makes extensive use of carbon fiber to cut weight down, bringing the X1’s weight to around 1.35kg. A thin bezel, high resolution matte screen, and integrated 3G make this an Ultrabook you should definitely consider. The Lenovo team has produced and unboxing video which lets you get a look at the final product which should be gracing store shelves soon.