There was a time when all-in-one (AIO) systems carried a hefty pricing premium. Some still do, but if your Google-fu is strong, you can find affordable AIOs that won't put you in the poor house. Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Edge 62z is one such example, falling into the affordable category with a starting price of $549, which is cheaper than most Ultrabooks. Is it as powerful?
Even the shade of black on the new ThinkPad is different from before.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ThinkPad T431s, a new business-class Ultrabook from Lenovo that's the thinnest T series ever built. That in and of itself isn't surprising -- PC manufacturers are making a concerted effort towards building thinner and lighter Ultrabooks and noteboks -- but some of the design changes are certainly interesting. Lenovo bid adieu to a handful of signature features, including the right and left buttons below the trackpad.
Jelly Bean and aggressive prices, what’s not to like?
Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona, and while it is intended to be a smartphone focused event, tablets seem to be stealing all the headlines. Lenovo has added 3 new tablets to its 2013 lineup, and the entry level model bears a striking resemblance to Google's Nexus 7. It appears as though Lenovo believes they stand a better chance of wrestling market share from the budget / mid-range category, rather than going after Samsung and Apple on the high end.
Surface Pro is off to a rocky start, at least as far as early reviews are concerned, many of which complain about short battery life. Will Microsoft's hardware partners do a better job with their own versions of Surface? Microsoft is counting on it, noting that the best devices have yet to come out. One Windows 8 device on the horizon is Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, another notebook-slash-tablet PC, but with a twist.
Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.
Slumping PC sales didn't stop Lenovo from shipping 14.1 million computers last quarter.
Have you heard the one about the post-PC era? Of course you have, probably a thousand times by now because of all the attention being paid to tablets and smartphones, and the uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 platform. But don't believe anyone who tells you the sky is falling -- including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who justified the launch of a $799 128GB iPad by saying people would rather play on his tablet "than their old "PCs" -- because Lenovo is proving there's still a significant market for computers.
That was fast! A rumor surfaced earlier this week suggesting Lenovo was planning to launch a Chromebook, jumping into territory that's so far been occupied only by Acer and Samsung. The rumor was true, at least as it pertains to Lenovo introducing a Chromebook model of its own, which it did today in the form of a rugged ThinkPad X131e.
Lenovo's sudden interest in Chromebooks is based on demand.
Microsoft is trying hard to sell the masses on Windows 8, and there are no shortage of new systems built around the touch-friendly operating system. However, Windows 8 isn't the only game in town. In fact, Lenovo is reportedly building a line of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, venturing into territory that so far has been the shared domain of Acer and Samsung.
The IdeaPad Yoga 11S won't be the only new hybrid laptop from Lenovo.
Lenovo recently showed the hybrid notebook category a little love with the introduction of its ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook for enterprise clients and IdeaPad Yoga 11S Ultrabook for consumers. Both products tow the Microsoft line with Windows 8 serving as the centerpiece, but might we see a convertible laptop from Lenovo running Android instead? There's a good possibility, based on the latest chatter around the web.
This should surprise exactly no one, but Lenovo Chief Executive Officer Yuanqing Yang doesn’t like the term “Post-PC Era”. We suspect his views might be slightly influenced by his role as head honcho of the world’s 2nd largest PC manufacturer by volume, but that’s just a hunch.
In an interview with Reuters, Yang claims "We don't live in a post-PC world, we are entering the PC plus era." He further clarified by saying that the only companies who truly believe we are in a post-pc era are the ones that have stopped innovating with PCs. "In our industry many players think PCs have become a commodity product," he said. "We have never thought this way."