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X1 Carbon

X1 Carbon

Following on from Developers on the X1 Carbon - Industrial Design, we once again speak directly with the developers. In this second piece the Product Development Manager and Technical Project Manager leading the Yamato development team discuss the project. Both are veteran developers responsible for many X series products. The same team also led development of the original X1.   - The X1 Carbon will be the first Ultrabook™ in the ThinkPad X Series. Tabo: This project actually wasn't based on the Ultrabook concept. Planning for the X1 Carbon began around the end of 2010. Identifying trends such as "BYOPC (Bring Your Own PC)" and "IT Consumerization", our first goal was to create an amazing product that corporate customers would want to use and take to their workplace, rather than have given to them by the IT department. "Portability that surpasses previous ThinkPads" was a key concept. From the early stages of planning we decided to aim for a product thinner and lighter than the original X1, and we spent a lot of time hammering out the details. Mori: The Ultrabook specs were released towards the end of the planning stage, but we were already in compliance with most of them. Sometimes the ThinkPad is too far ahead of the curve, making it hard to gain customer acceptance (LOL). I think we got the timing just right this time. But it was a while...

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ThinkPad X1 Carbon

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

As many of you know already, our new flagship machine, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon was announced. This product was developed under the guidance of our devoted staff at the Yamato office. Starting today, we will share to you the thoughts of the developers who were behind the creation of the X1 Carbon. Today, the lead designer of the X1 Carbon, Hiroki Hirano will talk about the industrial design of the product. In his previous workplace, Hirano worked at a major freelance design office and also had the unique experience of designing a water vehicles. He was deeply touched by the design of the ThinkPad 600 to the point where he "wanted to design a ThinkPad" and that explains why he joined.   - I heard that you made a comment on the X1 Carbon on facebook soon after it was announced. Hirano: Yes, I made a remark about how I felt being the lead designer. I tried to be as candid as possible. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon was announced and my dream of achieving a "superior design beyond Kodachi (X300)" was achieved. I can't say that the design wasn't influenced by the MacBook Air but I'm in love with the design. I am completely biased because I was the lead designer but really, I like the design of the X1 Carbon so much that I want to hold on to it and sleep with it (LOL). It's always the same thing but I treat all products that I designed as if they were my own...

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The world's smallest tablet PC

The world's smallest tablet PC

Lenovo introduced the world's smallest tablet PC today. Please use as directed. CPU heat may result in fever if taken in excess. Internal 3D projector   Optional keyboard   One month's supply    

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Laptop Magazine just published their annual Best & Worst Laptop Brands for 2012. Lenovo was well positioned once again in the number two spot with an overall score of 84. The ranking includes scores for both ThinkPad and IdeaPad. In case you're curious, Apple topped the list with 88 points.  A gap of just 4 points is not so big. More about that later. The overall brand scores are determined by adding scores in the following categories: Reviews, 20 Points Possible Design, 15 Points Possible Keyboards & Touchpads, 15 Points Possible Tech Support, 15 Points Possible Displays & Audio, 10 Points Possible Value & Selection, 10 Points Possible Software, 5 Points Possible Innovation, 5 Points Possible This is the overall scorecard summary for Lenovo as it appears in the Laptop Magazine article. 2nd Place: Lenovo Trusty and reliable, the Lenovo brand also held on to its No. 2 spot from last year. While it only topped two categories (innovation and customer service), Lenovo consistently scored well, winning accolades for its keyboards and touchpads as well as value and selection. We also look forward to a bright future for the brand, with such upcoming Windows 8 devices as the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. I pulled these two excerpts from the

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- Some time has passed since the tablet was released, how has the reaction been? Kinoshita: It’s been superb. Right now there are many tablets that all look the same, but the ThinkPad Tablet has been praised as being “recognizably ThinkPad”. - That’s great. What specifically do you think it is about the ThinkPad Tablet that makes it “recognizably ThinkPad”? Kinoshita: I think the ThinkPad Tablet is recognizably ThinkPad in two ways, it’s “toughness” and “design”. There was a lot of debate about toughness, but eventually the development team came to a consensus that sacrificing toughness to make the tablet thinner and lighter wasn’t the right way to go. I’m fairly satisfied with the finished product where design is concerned, considering the “the comfortable feel of the luxurious black rubber coating”, “sturdy and solid construction” and “a style that uses red effectively”. - I suppose that as a ThinkPad, it would have to pass rigorous testing focused on toughness. Kinoshita: Yes, that was a major consideration for us. Some of the testing standards were actually more severe than the ones we use for ThinkPads. We wanted to design a tablet that would be okay to use outside, even if it rained. – Personally, I have some doubts about whether the Android OS can really be used in a “professional business tool”. Is it really up...

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