avatarby Edgar CervantesDecember 28, 20160 comments

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook review

The Thinkpad series has always been a business standard when it came to the professional notebook world. Crafted with premium materials that are designed to last, their original creator, IBM created a product that screamed quality and professionalism. Lenovo picked up the brand from IBM in 2005, but has continued to produce a similar quality that remains in use all across the industry today.

Now, with such a rapidly changing tech landscape that includes new architectures, ports, and more, Lenovo has updated a variety of Thinkpad notebooks and accessories to reflect these new changes. The company is introducing a number of updates to their product lines today, but there are a few new features that they have set live across the entire new line of products.

  • Updated touchpads using the Microsoft Precision drivers
  • A new silver color on select models
  • Infrared cameras for Windows Hello sign-in
  • 7th Generation Intel processors
  • USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support and voltage protection
  • Biometric fingerprint readers
  • New wireless connectivity options

Now, let’s get into the new laptops. There’s quite a few.

ThinkPad X270

This particular model uses the classic ThinkPad design and stresses ports and usability over portability. That isn’t to say it isn’t still portable though. It comes in at 2.9 lbs and features a 12.5″ HD or FHD display, along with a dual configurable battery architecture for up to 20 hours of usage. The notebook has Ethernet, an SD card reader, HDMI, (2) USB 3.0 ports, and the new industry standard USB-C with Thunderbolt 3. This model starts at $909 and will be available in March 2017.

ThinkPad Yoga 370

The yoga series has been increasingly popular in both business and casual landscapes alike, due to its unique ability to fold a full 360 degrees for use in multiple viewing and interaction modes. The upgraded model features an integrated pen and a full HD 13.3-inch display. It features Display Port, (2) USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Gig connection and Bluetooth 4.2, and has a battery rated at 10 hours. The Yoga 370 starts at $1264 and will be available in March 2017.

ThinkPad 13

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 13 was made to balance mobility and productivity, featuring MIL-SPEC durability. The company says the laptop was created specailly for education and institutions, and features a new 13.3″ FHD display. The device comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and up to 512GB of super fast NVMe M.2 SSD storage. With an SD card reader, HDMI, (3) USB 3.0 ports, and USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, this laptop can pack quite a punch in its 3.17 lb form factor. The ThinkPad 13 starts at $674 and will be available in January 2017.

ThinkPad T-Series

The Lenovo T-Series is a family of 4 different laptops which all suit different needs. The T470 and T470s are 14″ options for those that desire ultra thin laptops at a middle-of the ground screen size that can also pack a punch. The T470p is made for business users who want to get great performance with a discrete graphics solution, and the T570 offers a 15″ FHD or QHD screen can run all the latest business applications with it’s 7th generation intel processor and NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 940MX dedicated graphics card. What particular laptop you pick up is completely dependant on your individual needs, and Lenovo thinks the T-Series has something for everyone. They vary in price from $909 to $1099 starting, and will be available from February to March of 2017.

ThinkPad L-Series

Finally, Lenovo has updated its classic L-Series laptops with the L470 and L570 models. These options are meant to be a middle-of-the-road option for businesses that still use some aging technologies such as VGA, but also include all the new components present in today’s latest technologies. They come in a bit heavier at 4.23 and 5.25 lbs respectively, and come in HD and FHD options. The L470 starts at $799 while the L570 starts at $809, and will both be available in March 2017.

New Docks

In addition to laptops, the company is also introducing 2 new USB-C docks, 1 with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. They both feature a slew of connectivity options including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, USB-C, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a stereo/mic combo port, and a security lock slot. The USB-C option comes in at $299 with the Thunderbolt-3 enabled dock costing $279.99, and they will be available in January and February of 2017 respectively.

New Displays

If you were looking for a new display to go along with your new laptop and dock, Lenovo is giving you new 24″ and 27″ options to choose from. They both offer Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, a 4-port USB hub, narrow bezels, and non-glossy screens, while also touting a 2160×1440 IPS display that can show 99% of the sRBG color gamut. With a 6ms refresh rate and a variety of connectivity options, these displays are extremely competitive, especially at their price range. They come in at $259 for the 24″ model and $329 for the 27″ model, and will be available in March 2017.

I know that was a lot to take in, but it seems that Lenovo wants to make sure it can cover every demographic when it comes to notebook options. 2017 will definitely be an exciting year for laptops, and we will likely see many new manufacturers transitioning to Thunderbolt 3 and the newest 7th generation Intel Core processors.

Looking to pick any of these up?