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Written by Serene Siew Lenovo Forums advocates Mornsgrans* and Klaus Feige think nothing about spending copious amounts of time online helping ThinkPad users with technical support questions in the Lenovo Forums Community and other forums. They even travel thousands of miles around Germany, giving on-the-spot hardware fixes to machines for free. They give all they can to help fellow ThinkPad lovers and find much personal joy and satisfaction from doing so. And get this – as a result of their involvement alongside other ThinkPad lovers in the independent german ThinkPad forum, close to €14,000 (or US $17,000) for various charitable organizations, including a children’s hospice and an aid association for cancer have been raised. Serene:  How did the meet-ups come about? Mornsgrans: The sessions started in 2007 when another ThinkPad user suggested having a meet-up in Kiel, Germany. It proved such a success that other ThinkPad users who heard about it wanted one as well. We have had sessions all over Germany including Berlin, Stuttgart and Duesseldorf, which are attended by passionate fans. Fellow Lenovo Forum advocates Andreas Gotthelf and Andrew Pepper also help out with their expertise. Klaus:  While most sessions occur in specific cities targeting users who live in that area, we also have special ThinkPad gatherings meant to draw participants from all over Germany, the...

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Advocates are a brand's most passionate fans (and toughest critics!), and their fervent support can propel a brand to iconic status. So, what fuels their loyalty? In honor of ThinkPad's 20th Anniversary, we asked members of our Lenovo advocate communities to share why they chose ThinkPad.   "I chose ThinkPad because it’s like no other laptop out there. Its quality and reliability is unique since Lenovo actually takes its time to develop them. Its keyboard is very comfortable to type on and the TrackPoint is smooth and responsive. Its design is a great example of good design – functional, unique, elegant, and timeless. ThinkPads are so rugged that you can drop one and nothing will happen to it (I would know, I've done this several times)." - Eli Turner (Lenovo Insiders)     "I chose ThinkPad because of its reliability, support and ability to fulfill all of my needs. It also provides the best performance and battery life compared to other models. With the best quality water-resistant keyboard, I can get things done more quickly without fear of drinks getting spilled onto the keyboard and causing system damage. ThinkPad gives me the confidence to do what I want to do." - Peter Tan (Lenovo Forums Guru and Lenovo Insiders)     "One simple reason: They work well. To me, the ThinkPad brand has always stood for quality in hardware, customer service, presentation, and innovation. ThnkPad always...

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Mechanical Engineering student Joey Banks kicks off our new Road Test series where users test-drive Lenovo products in their daily lives. The Lenovo U-Series laptops have always offered an attractive design to consumers, and the U410 is no exception. Available in Sapphire Blue, Graphite Gray, and Metallic Red, Lenovo is certain to have a color for everyone’s personality. Immediately upon opening its lid, the first thing I noticed was its gorgeous screen. Embedded in a remarkably thin bezel, the 14” high-definition display stands out. Colors are extremely vibrant and using the device in direct sunlight comes without challenge. Lenovo has implemented a sleek metal design encasing the AccuType Keyboard, which enhances both the stability and durability of the U410, traits that are all too rare in today’s market. Unbelievably, although the Lenovo U410 weighs in at just over 1.8kg, users will find that the machine still packs quite a bit of horsepower beneath its exterior. Models are available to be fitted with the Intel® 3rd generation Core™ i3, i5, or i7 processors and can also harness up to 8GB DDR3 memory. If you’re like me and are continuously purchasing music, movies, and other content from the Internet, you may often worry about the capacity of the hard drive in your machine. In addition to the 32GB SSD cache, which is responsible for a 40 percent  faster boot time than a traditional laptop, the U410 can be configured...

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Lenovo super-fan Joshua Grzybowski sent us some pictures of his homemade Lenovo tote bag and we were so impressed, we asked him to share more on how he made it. Here's his story. The idea for my messenger tote came from my backpack. I have a really nice Swiss Gear backpack, but, unfortunately, its laptop pocket was designed for a 15” laptop. When I slid my brand new IdeaPad U310 into it, it nearly swallowed it. I needed to send in a rescue team just to get it back! That was when I decided I needed a smaller, more manageable way to carry my precious new Ultrabook. I was thinking and thinking, and then I had the idea for a messenger tote. I talked with my sister to see if she wanted to sew me one, and then we both set to work designing it. I wanted a more modern “grunge” look so we decided on a nice, rough canvas that I would paint a stripe on. But wait, I didn’t want the rough canvas to be rubbing up against the nice finish on my laptop! So we decided to line it with a softer, patterned fabric. After a trip to the local fabric store to pick up the interior, and some drop cloth scraps—yes, drop cloth, the cheapest alternative to the more expensive canvas—my sister was ready to start sewing. After a little hiccup in figuring out how the strap should be attached, it was my turn. I took the bag and, using a special Annie Sloan chalk paint, I painted on the stripe, making sure to do so lightly in some areas to give it...

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The most fashionable night of the year is almost upon us — Fashion’s Night Out (FNO)! If you are out on the town in New York City tonight (Thursday, September 8 ) for FNO, give your high heels a break by stopping by the Lenovo Connections Lounge — located at Saks Fifth Avenue on the 4th floor — to grab a seat on our plush white couches and check out our brand new, powerful and incredibly chic IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook™, which was just unveiled last week. Starting at 6:00 p.m. ET, FNO enthusiasts, fashion-minded techies, style mavens and more are invited to our stylish tech lounge, where they can use the U300s laptops on display to blog, tweet, update Facebook or even shop online for more FNO deals. But here’s the best part: attendees can also enter to win one of five U300s Ultrabooks, which we’ll be giving away throughout the night. We’ll also be showcasing one-of-a-kind laptop sleeves designed for the IdeaPad U300s, created by young Chinese contemporary artist, Gao Yu, and haute couture fashion designer and model, Mary Ma. Here’s a sneak peek of the Lenovo Lounge. Hope to see you there!...

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