Lenovo today introduced two new ThinkPad models that bring a new level of performance and portability to the world’s most recognizable notebook brand, extending the battery life of its notebook computers to up to 11 hours with an extended battery.
Designed around Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, the ThinkPad X60 Series and ThinkPad T60 Series help business users move further away from the office, connecting remotely with embedded wireless wide area network (WWAN) antennas and operating longer without a power cord. ThinkPad X60 Series and T60 Series draw less power than previous X and T models for extended battery life – improving battery performance in some models by as much as 37 percent.
Intel dual-core processors improve productivity and multitasking versus previous processors, allowing users to run multiple high-performance applications – such as medical or engineering software, virus scan or system backups – that might otherwise paralyze the PC.
Select models of upcoming ThinkPad T60 Series and X60 Series notebooks will feature integrated high speed wireless support for VerizonWireless in the U.S. Models supporting the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network are planned to be available in the first-half of this year. Notebooks featuring integrated WWAN antennas enable users to connect to high-speed broadband networks without separately purchased PC cards.
The ThinkPad was the first non-rugged notebook ever to integrate a 3G WWAN antenna for Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess, which averages download speeds between 400-700 kilobytes per second (kbps). All models feature a hardware switch to manually disable the system's wireless antenna.
In order to help simplify the connectivity process, ThinkVantage Access Connections 4.1 helps mobile users set up and automatically switch from one available network connection to the next, helping reduce costly help desk calls for assistance in changing IP settings, defining default printers or accessing a wireless network. In addition to facilitating wireless peer-to-peer networking, Access Connections 4.1 supports wired, WLAN and WWAN connectivity.
Lenovo's new System Rejuvenation technology — part of Rescue and Recovery — gets rid of the accumulated waste on the hard drive that hampers system performance and makes a system run slow. By cleaning out unused and unnecessary files and getting rid of spyware and adware, Rescue and Recovery can improve system performance and help a PC run faster.
With the new Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, including the Intel Core Duo processor and the Intel Mobile 945 Express Chipset, the ThinkPad X60 Series offers increased performance with 667 MHz front side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. With a 37 percent power-use reduction from earlier platforms used in X Series models, the ThinkPad X60s features the longest standard battery life of any ThinkPad, allowing for up to 11 hours of computing.
The ThinkPad T60 measures an inch thin with a travel weight of 4.8 lbs, giving it newfound power and performance in a thin-and-light form factor. For mobile workers, the ThinkPad T60 Series includes a more durable system design, coupling the ThinkPad Roll Cage – an inner armor chassis – with its airbag-like Active Protection System and ThinkPad shock-mounted hard drive.
Prices for the ThinkPad T60 Series start at $2049. Prices for the ThinkPad X60 Series start at $1899.
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