Sydney, Australia – July 16, 2008: Lenovo today unveiled a new computing solution for small-to-medium business (SMB) users that includes the new ‘SL’ series of ThinkPad notebooks, value-added software and unique new services. The duo of notebooks, the SL 400 and SL 500, feature cutting-edge technologies, such as built-in high speed mobile broadband connectivity1, excellent multimedia capabilities with an optional Blu-Ray DVD player on select models as well as a black glossy cover for a stylish design.
To make the computing experience productive and simple, Lenovo also combines software that helps with everything from data recovery to simplifying Internet connections with a new optional service package featuring on-line data backup and on-site warranty repair.
“The ThinkPad name is synonymous with leadership in computing for the business user,” said David Nicol – Director, Small Business and Consumer Lenovo Australia and New Zealand. “Now we’re bringing the same quality and reliability ThinkPad is known for to users in the small business space.”
In addition, Lenovo also announced an additional four new notebooks – the ThinkPad T400, T500, X200 and W500. Lenovo brings many of the technologies first pioneered in the industry-acclaimed ThinkPad X300 notebook, such as solid state drive storage and LED backlit displays to select models in these new lines. Using these new technologies, this generation of notebooks are cooler and quieter than previous models, are lighter and have longer battery life.
Lenovo offers its first 12-inch widescreen ultraportable notebook, the ThinkPad X200 notebook, in a lighter design than the previous X61 notebook. With a larger keyboard, lighter weight and focus on productivity, the notebook balances performance and portability. Lenovo is also introducing the ThinkPad W-series, the first in a new class of mobile workstations with models offering the mobility of an Open-GL Graphics performance notebook. The newly announced notebooks also expand Lenovo’s portfolio of environmentally responsible products with many of them being rated Gold by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.
All the newly announced ThinkPad notebooks, including the SL Series, are based on Intel’s® latest Centrino® 2 processor technology.
Designed for the Unique Needs of the Small Business
Quality, affordability and service and support are critical factors to SMB notebook users, and Lenovo’s SMB solution combines all of these. Lenovo designed the notebooks for the unique way SMB users work – whether at home, the office, the park or coffee shop. With the need for always-on, 24/7 connectivity growing, select models of the ThinkPad SL notebooks are available with built-in high speed mobile broadband.
Lenovo’s partnership with Vodafone makes providing optimised mobile broadband service even more affordable and accessible for customers. The notebooks also feature WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth technologies.
The number of SMB users is growing dramatically. IDC forecasts that in 2009, the SMB segment will command 31 percent of the total notebook (including ultraportables) PC market worldwide and will grow to 76.6 million in 2011. The growth in this space is outpacing the growth in traditional large volume buyers, the large enterprise and very large enterprise.2
The notebooks also excel with their multimedia capabilities. Speakers, microphones and an optional webcam provide excellent support for Internet voice and video conferencing. And support for HDMI/VGA means users can watch video content, like movies in high-definition. The ThinkPad SL Series also combines looks with performance with a glossy black top cover, a first for ThinkPad notebook design.
Known in the industry for hardware reliability, Lenovo has designed these notebooks with durability and performance in mind. Lenovo’s Active Protection System, an air-bag like system, protects the hard drive against drops or falls, an optional fingerprint reader helps protect against unauthorised users and all models feature spill resistant keyboards. The ThinkPad SL 300 notebook also comes with an available LED backlit display.
Software and Services
Software and services complement the hardware part of the solution. Without dedicated IT support, users often have little help when it comes to things such as connecting to the Internet, managing passwords, data recovery and updating their computer. Lenovo’s unique Lenovo Care Tools solve those common issues and help take the frustration and time out of managing one’s computer. The notebooks come with Lenovo’s Access Connections, Client Security Solutions, Rescue and Recovery, Presentation Director and System Update.
To help small businesses get the most productivity from their new ThinkPad notebooks, and to meet the growing demand for protection and security, Lenovo is introducing ThinkPlus Secure Business, the first of several new custom service packages designed for the SMB which consists of:
- On-site next-day business warranty upgrade to keep small businesses productive
- ThinkPad protection, providing PC repairs or additional warranty protection and cover
- Online data backup, a secure, off-site storage solution for critical business and employee data
ThinkPlus Secure Business is available for either a one or three year term. In the coming months, Lenovo will introduce ThinkPlus Complete IT3 - a package of services designed exclusively for the SMB without IT support. ThinkPlus Complete IT combines a comprehensive set of services including priority call routing and one-stop hardware and software support with the best of ThinkPlus Secure Business.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad SL 400 and SL 500 notebooks are available now and start at AUD $1,799.00 and AUD $1,249.00, respectively. The ThinkPad T400, T500, W500 and X200 will be available in August and start at AUD $2,199.00, AUD $2,599.00, AUD $3,499.00 and AUD $2,999.00, respectively. All prices are inclusive of GST.
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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s most innovative personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.au
2IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, June 2008.
3Subect to change due to Lenovo’s technical or business judgment.