UPDATED: (11/2006 11:26 a.m. EST) According to the press release from Lenovo, it will not be all Best Buy retail stores carrying Lenovo products, but rather just stores that feature Best Buy for Business sales as well. That means only 135 stores nationwide will carry Lenovo products, but Lenovo products can be bought online via Best Buy here.
In another sign that the Lenovo is trying to shake things up and sell more laptops, the company will today announce ThinkPads and the new 3000 series laptops will go on sale in Best Buy retail store locations across the U.S.
It was just last year that Lenovo and Office Depot teamed up to start marketing and selling ThinkPads in Office Depot stores across the U.S. Office Depot, being a office supply focused retailer, made a lot of sense for Lenovo to sell ThinkPads and capture the eye of some more business type customers. However, with the move into Best Buy stores the focus is much more on targeting the consumer type. Best Buy is the biggest electronics retail store in the U.S. and sells such things as televisions, computers, DVDs, video game systems and music players.
No official statement has yet been made so there is no knowledge as to which specific ThinkPads will be sold, but it’s a sure bet the Lenovo 3000 C100 and N100 series will be sold and our guess is the ThinkPad Z60m or upcoming Z61m widescreen notebooks would also be sold as they were the first to make it into Office Depot stores.
ThinkPad Z60m collapsed and open view (view larger image)
Lenovo 3000 C100 (view large image)
Lenovo 3000 N100 (view large image)