RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 11, 2011 – Lenovo announced today the ThinkPad Edge 14-inch E425 and 15.6-inch E525 laptops for small-to-medium businesses (SMB) and the ThinkVision LT1421 Wide, the company’s first mobile monitor that gives mobile professionals a second screen for on-the-go use to display spreadsheets and make presentations. The ThinkPad Edge laptops simplify the overall computing experience for SMBs, starting with a slimmer, more polished design complemented by powerful, reliable technology with choices of the latest AMD processors along with voice and video features for an unparalleled user experience.
“These latest ThinkPad Edge laptops combined with the ThinkVision mobile monitor equips small businesses with an extremely powerful technology toolkit,” said Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Edge Business Unit, Lenovo. “From creating content on the road to conveniently displaying presentations, video, or other content, this solution fits the demanding requirements of growing small businesses.”
PC Tech: Do More Style
The new ThinkPad Edge laptops project a smart, polished image with new soft finishes available in color choices of heatwave red or midnight black with either an anti-glare or glossy display. Nearly 13 percent slimmer than previous versions, the laptops can easily fit in a briefcase alongside the ThinkVision LT1421 Wide monitor. The spill-resistant, island-style keyboard provides not only hours of comfortable typing but also contributes to the laptops’ clean, modern design.
Performance-Minded Technologies: Do More Work
The new laptops are filled with a host of high performance technologies including:
- AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) with VISION Pro Technology for efficient multitasking and mainstream application acceleration, stunning visual performance for today’s Internet-focused and graphics-intensive business applications, extended battery life and cool operating temperatures for comfort on the go
- Integrated AMD Radeon™ discrete-class graphics with dedicated video memory delivering eye-popping HD performance and blazing-fast parallel processing capabilities
- Generous storage up to 750 GB and up to 8 GB of memory
- Multimedia and expansion options with DVD burner, powered USB port, 4-1 media card reader and support for HDMI
- Optional fingerprint reader for convenient and secure log-in
With the ThinkPad Edge laptops, users can get to work more quickly with 20 percent faster boot up1, thanks to Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 optimization for Windows 7 PCs over non-optimized PCs.
Simplified Features: Do More Voice & Video
Voice and video calls are a normal part of doing business today. For a premium experience, the laptops come equipped with advanced features including a low-light sensitive web camera, noise suppressing keyboard, microphone mute key and the ThinkVantage Communications Utility 2.0. With this suite of tools, users can conduct video conference calls in low light, quiet their keyboard typing noises for listeners on the call, talk in individual or multiple speaker mode and adjust the camera settings. Also to easily manage wireless connections while traveling, users can conveniently close the laptop lid, and the PC will hold the wireless connection for several minutes. Users can even lock their PC with Lenovo’s AutoLock function, which uses the camera to automatically detect when the user is away and subsequently locks the PC.
Mobile Monitor: Do More Presentations On The Road
At under two pounds and less than one centimeter at its thinnest, the 14-inch ThinkVision LT1421 Wide mobile monitor makes the perfect traveling companion for traveling professionals, like auditors or consultants. The mobile monitor works great for ad hoc meetings in places like hotel lobbies or cafes that lack access to a projector and even for extra screen space for work that requires multitasking on the go.
To use, simply plug the monitor into a laptop via USB and prop it up with its photo frame stand. Tilt the display to the desired angle and choose from 16 brightness levels to get presentations looking their best. Designed to match with the ThinkPad family of laptops, the mobile monitor offers simplicity and elegance with extras like ThinkPad durability and convenient screen cover.
Service & Support: Do More Uptime
Busy SMBs have no time for downtime. That’s why Lenovo included Rescue and Recovery on the laptops to help restore settings and data if it gets lost or corrupted. When SMBs need support beyond included tools, they can turn to a host of Lenovo service and support programs, including Priority Support for technical help, Onsite Warranty for on-site repair, Warranty Extensions, ThinkPad Protection for accidental drops and spills and Hard Drive Retention to keep hard drive data secure.
Pricing and Availability2
The ThinkPad Edge E425 and E525 laptops and ThinkVision LT1421 Wide monitor will be available starting in August. Pricing for both models of the laptops starts at approximately $549 and the monitor is priced at $219.99. All of the products will be sold through business partners and www.lenovo.com.
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Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (Pink Sheets: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world’s fourth-largest PC vendor. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. 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. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com
1 Testing conducted by CNET Labs, Beijing in November 2010, using the independent Microsoft VTS tool to measure start-up, shutdown, resume and other Windows 7 performance measurements. 42 competitors PCs were tested from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, representing both commercial and consumer desktop and notebook products at mainstream price points. These were compared with comparable Lenovo products. Data from competitors and Lenovo PCs were averaged and compared to calculate the claims used.
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.
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