Once again IBM continues to show its leadership in building absolutely amazing notebook computers with the release of its latest 2.7lb Thinkpad X41 – its lightest and smallest ThinkPad with a built-in fingerprint reader.
IBM also announced new ThinkPad software that automatically performs a complete system hardware check and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and options required for peak performance.
When buying a ThinkPad, SMBs are getting more than a computer, but are getting one of the best mobile computing tools that combine a perfect blend of usability (keyboard, ports, etc), security & data recovery, and power management features.
Weighing in at only 2.7 pounds (including battery!), the new X41 combines advanced biometric capabilities with an ultraportable design and extended battery life, providing road warriors and traveling business users with power, performance and versatility. Without passwords that could be stolen, lost or misplaced, fingerprint identification helps reduce the number of help desk calls and costs associated with password resets and system lock out, which can be extremely costly for business travelers.
Continuing with its ThinkVantage Technology IBM today unveiled new ThinkPad software that can automatically perform a check of your system’s software and compare it to a list of available updates. Users will be able to obtain available files such as drivers and BIOS updates or even updates to system utilities. The new software helps each user obtain the most up-to-date and critical system upgrades that are available (2). Combined with the latest version of Rescue and Recovery, an IBM ThinkVantage Technology which includes an embedded, pre-boot emergency system providing one-button access to tools that can recover from a software failure, the new downloadable tool further empowers users to be self-sufficient by enabling to easily update and monitor their PCs and repair their software images.
The new ThinkPad X41 is equipped with the Intel Pentium M Processor, Intel 915GM chipset with 400MHz front side bus, and robust graphics capabilities through the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Supporting all of the power and graphics capabilities, the ThinkPad X41 includes the ThinkPad Power Manager, allowing end-users to have control over the thermal management of their notebook PC, specifically the processor speed and the speed of the fan that cools the processor, two devices that significantly impact battery life. Power Manager also includes additional power management features that let users create battery schemes tailored for their specific computing needs.
Along with the cost saving benefits of the complete suite of ThinkVantage Technologies, the ThinkPad X41 shares a common image with the ThinkPad T43 and ThinkPad R52, helping businesses to simplify integration of the new ThinkPad X41 into their PC environment, and helping reduce the overall total cost of PC ownership.
Today?s announcement also includes a number of options that enhance the mobile computing experience. The ThinkPad X41 is designed to work with the optional X4 UltraBase Dock, providing an additional expansion option for mobile workers while bringing the combined weight to only 4 pounds. With the X4 UltraBase Dock, people have the flexibility of UltraBay Slim devices such as additional batteries, CD or DVD optical drives, added media options and increased storage capacity.
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