Lenovo is starting the 2016 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) with a clear message: “There is no single PC that is perfect for everyone.” Both consumers and business users demand choice, and Lenovo engineers think they have the variety customers want. Lenovo has broadened its portfolio of notebooks, convertibles, and 2-in-1 PCs to offer a wide array of technology in the new year.
The ThinkPad T series has long been the standard notebook PC of many companies since the ThinkPad T20 launched in 2000. The new ThinkPad T460 ($909) and T560 ($969) retain much of the classic design heritage in thinner and lighter forms while also delivering all-day battery life with a wide range of screen resolutions and configurations. Both the T460 and T560 are available with Intel 6th generation (Skylake) processors ranging from Core U to Core i7, up to 32GB of RAM, optional Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics, and a variety of storage and battery options.
The 14-inch ThinkPad T460s ($1059) offers the same performance and durability, but in an even thinner and lighter package. Measuring just 18.8mm thin and weighing less than 3.0 pounds, this business-class Ultrabook is designed for the working professional who needs to travel light but requires a durable PC with the performance to handle more rigorous computing tasks in or out of the office. The T460s will be available with up to an Intel 6th generation Core i7 with vPro, up to a 512GB PCIe SSD, optional Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics, and up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM.
If extreme performance matters more to you than portability you will want to take a closer look at the ThinkPad T460p ($1249). The new T460p isn’t as thin and light as the T460s, but it is 13% thinner and 15% lighter than the previous generation and packs up to a WQHD IPS display, discrete graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and is powered by Intel 6th generation H series quad-core processors.
Lenovo designed the 12-inch ThinkPad X260 Ultrabook ($929) for those who require a high-performance Ultrabook with the option of adding an additional battery that can deliver over 21 hours of continuous use. Once again, Lenovo will offer the X260 in multiple configurations with up to Intel 6th generation Core i7 processors, a maximum of 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 12.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display.
The latest ThinkPad L460 ($749) and L560 ($779) will provide Mil-Spec durability and ThinkPad reliability at a more affordable price point for those businesses that need to deploy a large mobile workforce within a limited budget. These notebooks feature 6th gen Intel Core i processors, multiple screen options up to 1080p resolution, and up to 12.5 hours of battery life on a single charge.
If the value-focused L series ThinkPads still aren’t within your budget then the new ThinkPad 13 ($449) comes with the option of Windows or Chrome operating systems. The ThinkPad 13 might be a low-cost solution but it delivers Mil-Spec durability and it’s loaded with a USB type C port, SSD storage and up to 16GB of system memory on the Windows model. This is also the first ThinkPad to support Chrome for Business and is powered by up to a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor with vPro.
Those who don’t want a business-focused ThinkPad will be happy to know Lenovo still has several consumer-friendly 2-in-1 devices that combine the flexibility of a consumer tablet and the usefulness of a business notebook. The Yoga 900 Business Edition and MIIX 700 Business Edition are ideal for home or small offices built around the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work.
The Yoga 900 BE includes all the same design features as its consumer namesake such as the watchband hinge, multimode capability and the thin and light chassis at just 2.8 pounds and 14.4mm. What makes this convertible PC optimized for business is the addition of enterprise security features with a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip and extended warranty options to keep your IT department happy. This convertible is powered by up to a 6th gen Intel Core i7 processor with vPro, a maximum of 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage and features a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IPS display with 300nit brightness rating.
The Lenovo MIIX 700 BE offers those same enterprise features, but in a detachable 2-in-1 form factor. Weighing in at just 2.44 pounds, it includes a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 tablet display with an impressive 400nits brightness and Gorilla Glass along with an Intel RealSense R200 3D camera. This 2-in-1 is powered by up to an Intel Core m7 processor with vPro and a maximum of 8GB of system memory. In addition, you can use the Lenovo Active Pen with the MIIX 700 BE in tablet mode.
Both the Lenovo YOGA 900 Business Edition and Lenovo MIIX 700 Business Edition will be available to businesses via special bids based on configuration and purchase order.
We will take a closer look at all these products as we report from the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. Be sure to return here later this week for more of our CES coverage.