Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad’s are known to be one of the best made notebooks in the industry. On Thursday they celebrated their 15th Anniversary.
What users like most about them is their solid overall design and features. Did you know the ThinkPad was designed after a Japanese lunch box?
IBM’s press release reads that the ThinkPad was first brought to life by a group of ten leading designers and engineers from around the world, each inspired by
the challenge of creating a truly usable notebook PC, and influenced by the unlikely pairing of the Sh?kad? bent? — a traditional black-lacquered Japanese lunch box — and an IBM-issued employee pocket notebook with the corporate motto ‘Think’ imprinted on the cover. The ThinkPad’s black exterior, red TrackPoint, distinctive key-board, and reputation for quality, has solidified its place in personal computing history as the must-have business notebook PC.
I really don’t think there’s a “best” notebook. Dell, HP and Toshiba make very good notebooks and I’ve had the opportunity to use in varying degrees them all. However, I think all will agree that ThinkPads have earned a premium spot in the industry as being consistently well constructed and a model for all others to take note of.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad can tout several firsts:
ï First notebook PC with integrated CD-ROM/DVD ROM
ï First ThinkLight, a “nighttime” light to illuminate the keyboard
ï First notebook PC with integrated Wi-Fi certified wireless LAN
ï First sub-three pound notebook PC with full-sized keyboard
ï First notebook PC with an embedded security chip
ï First notebook PC with hard drive “‘air-bag” protection
ï First notebook PC with protective roll cage
ï First notebook PC to feature an integrated biometric slide fingerprint reader
ï First notebook PC with an extended battery life of up to 11 hours
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