The Lenovo ThinkPad Evolves For Small Businesses

Buying a desktop computer might not be that difficult as things are not that innovative. However, buying a notebook computer can still be a challenging experience.
The battery life, loudness of speakers, crispness of the screen, keyboard button placement and more all go into making the computing experience pleasant, bad or mediocre.
Lenovo recently released a new ThinkPad it’s got some cool new features, new look and overall new features.
Lenovo’s blog reads Nice speakers, high quality microphones and an optional webcam provide excellent support for internet voice and video conferencing. The keyboard continues the quality tradition with the legendary ThinkPad feel. Last but not least, the stripes are back.
Check out this video of a light that blinks on the front cover when it’s in stand by. I know Dell and HP have also recently released or will release new notebooks – so this is good news for you and I’ll be writing about them at some point as well – I’m a bit behind.
There is no right or wrong notebook – it’s a matter of what works for you. Your budget, the support you need, how durable the notebook should be and maybe a few other features. Overall, however, all notebooks are going to have the same basic features.
One commentary in the Lenovoblog brings up the issue of is there a need for a small business notebook?
Consumer notebooks are based solely on price and looks – for the most part. Real cheap and looking pretty. Business notebooks need to be rock solid, (no changing of internal parts every 60 days), plenty of support and optimized for “business”. The struggle for vendors and why we’re seeing more “small business” notebooks is:

1. They can get some marketing mileage from using “small business” in marketing – let’s face it.
2. Having said that this new class of notebooks is created to cost less, while being built for business. A business purchasing 5 notebooks and keeping them for as long as they can, doesn’t really care what sound card or video driver is in the notebooks. However, a company purchasing 500 notebooks at a clip cares about every aspect. They also want to ensure the 500 they purchase in 2008 or relatively compatible with the ones they purchase in 2009 and 2010.
3. While consumer notebooks can have the cheapest support policies necessary and businesses want the most support – often at significant cost, smaller businesses, have a mixture of support vs cost needs. For example Dell, in their new Vostro line (that I was honored to help launch in with Michael Dell) has a team of people dedicated to support small businesses who support the line.