The world is full of surprises. And we can count on Lenovo, maker of the Thinkpad (a brand acquired from IBM earlier this year) to be the source of something very unexpected.
The Thinkpad gets a facelift with the Z series. The Z60 series, aimed towards both consumer and business end-users, has of all things a wide screen and a Windows key!
Now that’s something new for a Thinkpad.
The Z60m has a 15.4-inch widescreen XGA display and retails for PhP 91,195. The Z60t is slimmer (at only about 1 inch thick), with a 14-inch widescreen XGA, and retails for PhP 93,695. The Z60 can come with either Centrino or Celeron M processors–you get a choice between processing power and battery life (with the Centrino), or cost-savings in terms of price (with the Celeron).
Both come with IBM’s venerable Active Protection System and HDD Shock absorber, which help protect against data loss and hardware damage.
And aside from the standard Thinkpad-black (which, IMHO is as sexy as can be for a notebook), you can also get the special Titanium-covered models for that “enhanced strength, durability, and a scratch resistant finish.”
I’ve been working with Thinkpads since time immemorial (am typing this article on one at the moment), and I can say these things are built to last. And it’s been the staple of business users because of the reliability–and perhaps because black goes well with the corporate environment. But the widescreen is surely a welcome development for those with multimedia needs.