AUSTRALIA, Sydney: 22 April, 2010 - Lenovo is today introducing a new series of ThinkPad, the L Series. Designed for large businesses, government and education customers, the ThinkPad L412 and L512 are high performance laptops featuring the latest Intel® processing technologies, military tough durability and strong web conferencing capabilities. The L412 and L512 are affordable and the greenest laptops on the market, integrating the highest amounts of post consumer recycled content.
The new ThinkPad L Series equips both businesses and students with the most important technologies for their day to day work. These technologies include:
- Choices of the latest Intel® Core™ i3 and i5 processors with Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading technology
- 16:9 HD antiglare displays on the 14-inch L412 and 15-inch L512
- Choices of Intel® Integrated GMA HD or Discrete ATI® Mobility Radeon® HD 5145 with 512 MB DDR31
- 3G wireless connectivity options with Gobi 2000 module
- Multitouch touchpads
- Up to 8 hours of battery life2
- Expansion with 4 USB ports/1 powered, combo eSATA/USB port, support for DisplayPort and VGA
- Windows® 7 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience featuring 57 percent faster bootup and shutdown time3
The L412 and L512 have the enterprise features business and IT administrators require such as global availability, image stability, eight hour battery life and docking. They also include ThinkVantage Technologies tools like Access Connections to make the computing experience more productive for users. The L Series laptops pass the tough test for withstanding the wear and tear of the office, giving users long term value. They meet eight different military specification tests for high and low temperatures, vibration, altitude, dust and more.
"Today customers are looking to get more out of their PC technology," said Chris Kelly, Product and Marketing Director, Lenovo, Australia. "We designed the new L Series to provide users with superior performance, capable of boosting productivity. The L Series features cutting-edge processing performance, long battery life and a VoIP –optimised design without sacrificing the reliability and durability the ThinkPad is known for."
Expanded Green Footprint
Lenovo continues to focus on green design with the L Series. The laptops use up to 30 percent post consumer content from plastic office water jugs and used IT equipment parts such as the LCD cover, palm rests and top/bottom case. The L512 laptop contains 18 percent post consumer content (PCC), making it the industry's highest amount of PCC in a laptop.4 Each L Series laptop saves the equivalent of ten plastic water bottles. Overall, Lenovo has used 19 million kilograms of PCC since 2005 in Think-branded products.
As part of the lifecycle design process, the laptops meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. Users can deploy Lenovo's Power Manager Software tool to monitor and adjust power settings. Additionally, Lenovo has committed to packaging reduction, reducing packaging materials by 20 percent of yearly volume. The laptops are shipped in 100 percent recycled packaging that can go straight to the recycling bin.
Tailored for Web Conferencing
The L Series laptops are tailored for an excellent voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) experience and offer the full range of connectivity options, from Ethernet and Bluetooth to 3G. Lenovo has equipped the laptops with high resolution, two megapixel cameras that white balance automatically and work well in low lighting conditions for conferences.
The L Series is also equipped with digital-array microphones with echo cancellation that allows users to conference in noisy environments. The speakers have been installed directly underneath the screen and above the keyboard for rich sound quality. Hardware audio control keys, speaker mute and audio mute, are conveniently located to the left of the keyboard for easy use. By pressing the shortcut Function + F6 hotkey combination, users are able to navigate a simple software interface to modify VoIP settings.
A Powerful Learning Platform
Built to withstand the heavy daily use in primary and higher education, the ThinkPad L Series laptops are equipped with the technologies to get students through the school day. Beyond providing education-focused PC technology, Lenovo is committed to improving learning and increasing operational efficiency at all levels of academia through the Education Research Initiative (ERI). ERI joins hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and researchers from schools across the world to evaluate and quantify how technology can systemically improve education. As part of this research, the ThinkPad L Series will be deployed at student learning facilities while promoting instructional innovation and data-driven decision making for faculty and administrators.
The ThinkPad L412 and L512 laptops are available in mid-May through Lenovo business partners.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered 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 centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com/nz/en.
1 Available in June.
2 With 9 cell battery.
3 Improvement claim is based on testing Windows® 7 L412 and L512 against non-configured system. The L Series laptops have been optimised. Actual times and their relative improvements vary by model, with an average boot and shutdown improvement of up to 57%. Improvements may vary according to the exact configuration of the system and may degrade over time depending on other software installed or changes made to system settings. Lenovo optimization does not impact any essential services or software features.
4 According to the EPEAT registry as of 4/20/2010.
5 All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.