During our time at CES 2015, we walked through Lenovo’s private suite and saw some of the new ThinkPads, as well as their tablets and their new Yoga series.
LENOVO THINKPAD X1 CARBON
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 carbon is aptly named, as it is incredibly light at 2.9 pounds and 17.7mm thick, and is equipped with an i7 and can get almost 11 hours battery life thanks to Broadwell. It also comes equipped with up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. The version we saw had a beautiful 14 inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) screen with 10 point multi-touch. The screen is very bright and vibrant as well. It starts at $1,250 and is currently available.
LENOVO THINKPAD YOGA 14″
The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga is all that makes the Thinkpad great combined with the versatility of the Yoga 2-in-1s. This time they are running the Broadwell chipset and as we mentioned before it gains massive improvements to battery life at about 8 hours. It also weighs in at 4.2 pounds and 21mm thick and can house a NVIDIA GTX 840M, or the Intel Integrated HD 5500 to power its 1080P IPS display with 300 nits of brightness. It also has the Lift ‘N Lock keyboard. The ThinkPad Yoga will be available in May and start at $1199.
The 15 inch model is much of the same but has an optional feature, Intel’s RealSense camera which is a $50 add on. Which we cover in our article here about the Intel Press Briefing. It is available in Febuary and the base model will be $1199.
LENOVO YOGA 3 14″
Pricing also starts at $1199 and will be available in February.
LENOVO THINKPAD STACK
The ThinkPad Stack is a very interesting way Lenovo decided to go about expandability on a laptop. They give you up to 3 devices connected to the laptop in any order you choose. Things like an Access Point, Bluetooth Speaker and 1TB HDD and a Power Bank which provides power to all of the modules and also can be used to charge phones or tablets, which is $49 The Bluetooth Speaker has a noise reducing Mic and speakers that sounded pretty clear even in a very busy room with lots of background noise, which should make this nice for conference calls in quieter rooms, it is currently selling for $89
The Access point does 2.4GHz and 5GHz and Ethernet as well as LTE and 3G dongles, how useful the WI-FI would be to most users we can’t really say as most ThinkPads come with very solid Wireless cards to begin with. Finally we get to the most important part, The HDD, you can use up to 3 of the drives together with the Power Bank although unfortunately they only sell them bundled with the Access Point for $199.
LENOVO YOGA TABLET 2 WITH ANYPEN
If any of you have ever tried to use Windows on a touchscreen smaller than 11″ you would know that it is not a fun experience, When Lenovo decided to go with a 8 inch Tablet they understood this problem. This is where AnyPen comes in, as you may have figured out it allows you to use any pen like object as a stylus. As a matter of fact you can see a carrot in the foreground, that is because you can use a carrot as a stylus. This of course is not recommended, they say any object smaller than 2mm thick should work well and properly.
The regular version without this is $279 while the AnyPen version is $299 it comes equipped with a Intel Atom at 1.86 GHz 2GB of RAM and a 32GB MicroSD card and has a 1080P IPS display.
Keep checking in as we run through our experiences at CES 2015!