60 Million ThinkPads and Counting

If you stacked 60 million TrackPoint caps, one on top of the other, the stack would be 224 miles high

This month we will sell our 60 millionth ThinkPad. What better day to mark this milestone, than the day (October 5th) we officially celebrate the birth of ThinkPad. 18 years ago today, the ThinkPad 700c was introduced to the world. I think today is the perfect time to stop and reflect on some of the milestone ThinkPads and technical innovations we have brought to market. Here is a short video we created about where we started, where we are, and where we are going. Get ready, the future is bright.

I still have my first ThinkPad carefully stored under my drafting table in my home office.Yes, I still own and use a drafting table. I just can't imagine throwing away my first ThinkPad. I have too many memories of amazing friends, colleagues, and design accomplishments associated with it to just let it go. It really is a trusted friend, and makes such an impressive design statement. In case you're curious, my first ThinkPad was a 701C, more commonly known as butterfly. It still boots up and runs Windows 95, but more importantly, the expanding keyboard, invented by my good friend John Karidis, performs perfectly. I would not expect anything less. For historical reference, I also own a 700c that I bought on eBay a few years ago. I thought it was important for me to have one, since it is the original ThinkPad notebook computer. When you compare the 18 year old 700c to a current ThinkPad, the reduction in thickness and increase in screen size is staggering.

I would love to hear about your most historic ThinkPad and what made  it special to you. If you still have it, send me a photo and tell me why it's so important to you, at lenovo.60mthinkpad@gmail.com. I'll write a subsequent blog to share some images and stories of the most interesting ThinkPads I receive. Cheers to ThinkPad!

David Hill