SINGAPORE, July 16, 2008 – Lenovo today unveiled a complete 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 trio of notebooks – SL300, SL400 and SL500 - feature cutting-edge technologies, such as 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 combined software that helps with everything from data recovery to simplifying Internet connection 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 Ronnie Lee, Country General Manager, Lenovo Singapore and Brunei. "Now we're bringing the same quality and reliability that ThinkPad is known for to users in the small business space with a number of leading technologies."
Today, Lenovo also announced an additional six new notebooks – the ThinkPad R400, R500, 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, LED backlit displays. The new T Series includes models with technologies like switchable graphics and support for Display Port.
Using these new technologies, this generation of notebooks offers significant improvements over the previous one, featuring cooler and quieter notebooks with lighter weight and longer battery life.
Lenovo offers its first 12-inch widescreen ultraportable notebook, the ThinkPad X200 notebook, in a lighter design than the previous ThinkPad X61 notebook. With a larger keyboard, lighter weight and focus on productivity, the notebook balances performance and portability.
Lenovo is 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 notebooks 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.
ThinkPad SL: 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 those. Lenovo designed the notebooks for the unique way these users work – whether at home, the office, the park or coffee shop. With the need for always-on, 24/7 connectivity growing, the notebooks 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 enterprise1.
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 designed the 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, and an optional fingerprint reader helps protect against unauthorized users. The ThinkPad SL300 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 come 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 replacement in the event of liquid spills, drops or electrical surges
- 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.
Pricing and Availability2
The ThinkPad SL400 and SL500 notebooks start at SGD 1,400 and SGD 1,470 respectively and will be available through Lenovo Business Partners at the end of July. The ThinkPad X200 notebook starts at SGD 2,750 and is available in September. The other notebooks will be available from August with starting prices on select models ranging from SGD 1,999 on the ThinkPad R500 notebook to SGD 3,800 on the ThinkPad W500 notebook.
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 .
1IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, June 2008.
2Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.