Lenovo shares with us its varied Windows 8 product lineup.
What a year it's been for Lenovo, the world's largest or second largest PC maker, depending on which market research firm is tallying up the numbers. Either way, Lenovo's been able to not only weather the global storm of a downed economy and slumping PC sales, but thrive it in, earning the CEO a $3 million performance bonus (which he carved up and handed out to employees). The introduction of Windows 8 allows Lenovo to start thinking outside of the box of traditional PC design, and several of those products were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Let's take a look.
Lenovo hopes the Think brand has what it takes to compete for the high end.
Starting April 1st, Lenovo will split itself into two separate entities; a move they no doubt hope will help them compete for the high end market currently dominated by Apple. The Lenovo Business Group will be responsible for the mainstream laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Smart TVs, freeing up the Think Business Group to go after the high end consumer.
Lenovo has quietly posted a new webpage teasing visitors with a product shot of its upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook. Optimized for Windows 8, the touch-friendly Ultrabook will be available to purchase next month, though Lenovo didn't offer up an exact release date or any pricing information. There isn't much of a spec sheet to go on either, though we suspect it will sport the same or similar guts as the non-touch version.
Lenovo claims its newly unveiled IdeaCentre Q190 is the world's smallest full-function desktop PC. Before anyone asks, the answer is no, it can't run Crysis (not in all its glory, anyway), but it does measure a scant 0.86 inches (22mm) wide, which is still big enough to accommodate an Intel Ivy Bridge foundation, Blu-ray drive, up to 8GB of system memory, and up to 1TB of storage flanked by up to 24GB of SSD cache.
If you've been paying attention to the PC wars, you've known for awhile it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Lenovo at some point would leapfrog Hewlett-Packard (HP) to become the world's top PC supplier. Well, one major research firm claims that's exactly what happened in the third quarter of 2012, while a second firm still has HP ranked No. 1. Sadly, one thing all the major bean counters agree on is that the PC market in general is looking pretty pathetic. Let's take a look.
Lenovo, the world's second largest PC player behind only Hewlett-Packard (HP), announced plans to open its first U.S.-based PC production line, which will reside in Whitsett, North Carolina, not far from Greensboro. The move is expected to create 115 new manufacturing jobs in the area, where workers will build Think-branded notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations, and servers for sale within the U.S., Lenovo said.
The next time someone has the gall to tell you the desktop is dead or starts talking about the so-called post-PC era, feel free to slap them in the face with a trout (WARNING: Maximum PC will not provide bail money). Who knows, Lenovo might be right there with you. The OEM builder did, after all, just unveil the latest addition to its flagship M Series desktop line, the ThinkCentre M78.
PC Manufacturers are working day and night to shrink Ultrabooks into impossibly thin new form factors, and one of the casualties of this push has been output display options. VGA and DVI made way for mini display port and HDMI, however even these smaller connectors take up precious space. Even if your laptop sports one, what if you want more than one external display? The answer my friends is DisplayLink. The proliferation of USB 3 on Intel’s new chipsets is making outputting to multiple monitors over USB much more than a hack, this could well be the future.
The Lenovo S-Series used to induce cringes around the MaxPC offices, and with good reason. These units used to represent the lowest cost, most underpowered Netbooks Lenovo could produce. They were decent machines for surfing the net or jotting down a few notes in Word, but not much else. Fast forward to yesterday however, and the S300, S400, and S405 are actually looking like somewhat capable machines. Starting at just $499, Lenovo is offering up Netbook alternatives that literally blur the line between the two categories.
No matter how much we'd like it to happen, Microsoft probably isn't going to launch Surface starting a mere $199, as has been rumored this week. Not only would such an aggressive pricing strategy further piss off Microsoft's hardware partners, it would also require selling the device at a significant loss. So, how much will Surface cost? Nobody knows for sure, but according to Lenovo, Windows RT versions will be priced up to $300 less than their Windows 8 counterparts.