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Lenovo Widens Small Business Portfolio with Industry's Thinnest and Lightest 14-inch Widescreen Notebook

   

MARKHAM, ON, September 20, 2005 - Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad Z-Series, the first widescreen multimedia ThinkPad notebooks. ThinkPad Z-Series is designed for mobile and small business users who rely on one notebook computer for both work and life demands.

In addition to the classic black ThinkPad design, the new Z-Series is available in a special edition brushed titanium cover.(1) Titanium offers a sleek new look, durability, and scratch resistance to one of the world's most well-known notebook brands.

The ThinkPad Z60m's 15.4-inch display offers 30 percent more data space than a 15-inch XGA and better viewing angles for notebook use on an airline flight. At 1.1-inches thick and just 4.2 pounds, the 14-inch ThinkPad Z60t is the thinnest and lightest widescreen notebook in its class.(2) The Z60t boasts 25 percent more data space than a standard 14-inch XGA screen, the equivalent of four additional spreadsheet columns, offering a convenient solution to business users who often work with multiple applications simultaneously.

Several innovative multimedia features - including hot keys to control application functions and ports to easily upload digital images and video - make the Z-Series optimal for business or home use, including presentations, multimedia and DVD movies.

"One of the trends we're seeing in small businesses is that the line between work and home is blurring," said Ryan Wires, National Sales Specialist, Lenovo Canada Inc. "It's not efficient to spend money on separate pieces of technology for all aspects of your life. Time is at such a premium, that small businesses are looking for technology that not only improves their productivity at work, but also allows them to maximize their personal time -- at home and when traveling."

Roll Cage Improves Notebook Durability For business travelers, the Z-Series features a new inner armor chassis - a ThinkPad "roll cage" - that may reduce the amount of stress on internal components when the notebook is dropped by up to 30 percent. The internal components, including the hard disk drive, are mounted in one-piece magnesium cage that forms a more protective shell than traditional casings without affecting usability. Combined with Lenovo's Active Protection System, a ThinkVantage Technology, the ThinkPad "roll cage" provides a strong solution to defend against costly hard disk damage. The Roll Cage will be deployed in the Z-Series and future ThinkPad models.

Style and Substance The widescreen TFT display is encased in a special edition brushed titanium cover that is both durable and scratch-resistant. New Windows, multimedia and application keys enhance the legendary full-size ThinkPad keyboard.(3) Lenovo strategically placed the large stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard for superior sound quality and volume. Adding to the multimedia capabilities are an array of ports for nearly every peripheral, including three USB 2.0 ports and connections for S-Video, VGA and IEEE1394. The Z60m also boasts a 3-1 media card reader.

ThinkVantage Technologies Simplify User Experience New ThinkVantage Technologies by Lenovo provide more powerful features in a centralized dashboard, making PC security quick and simple. The new ThinkVantage Productivity Center helps improve worker productivity by guiding them toward self-help and appropriate ThinkVantage Technologies. For example, one new feature is "Away Manager," which helps people run system-maintenance tasks when they know they will be away from their computer. These could include pre-loaded and pre-tested tasks such as Symantec Client Security, Windows Defrag, Windows Disk Cleanup, and Lenovo's own Rescue and Recovery backup utility. Productivity Center and Away Manager also help company IT departments customize the tools, enabling them to add their own regularly scheduled tasks, such as other anti-virus or anti-spyware utilities, as well as custom Web links, applications, and help files. In addition, Away Manager's "whisper-mode" enables anti-virus and disk cleanup tools to run more easily in the background, occupying a smaller percentage of system resources, with less impact to the user's valuable work time.

The Z-Series come equipped with the latest version of the ThinkVantage Client Security Solution, which enables users to recover logon passwords themselves. For added security, the Z-Series also is available with Lenovo's integrated fingerprint reader, a convenient and secure biometric solution for password management. It also features easy and powerful disk encryption, updated password manager software, and a System Security Audit to ensure users are properly securing their system.

Pricing and Availability The 14-inch ThinkPad Z60t will be available immediately through select Business Partners and through www.lenovo.com/ca and www.thinkpad.com/ca. Prices for the ThinkPad Z60t start at $1479.(4)

The 15.4-inch ThinkPad Z60m will be available beginning the third week in October. Prices for the ThinkPad Z60m start at $1049.(4)

About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992)(ADR: LNVGY) is the world's third-largest personal computing company. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca .

Notes: (1)Available on select models only.(2)Applies to the ThinkPad Z60t with the 4-cell battery.(3)As defined by ISO / IEC 15412.(4)Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features.

For further information, please contact: Linsey NogueiraKetchum for Lenovo (Canada) Inc.416.544.4907 linsey.nogueira@ketchum.com Susan TaylorCommunications ManagerLenovo (Canada) Inc.905.316.3902 susant@ca.lenovo.com