Perspectives

A year ago I wrote a blog post about how difficult it is to make the ThinkPad keyboard wireless. After a year and a few days I’m glad to report that we made it! We already announced the ThinkPad Compact Bluetooth Keyboard at CES 2013 with great success. So what can you expect? This is a great keyboard that matches the look and feel of the T430u keyboard. It is full size, but still very compact. Most of the people who see the keyboard for the first time have the impression that the keyboard is smaller than the one on our ThinkPad and try to put it on their ThinkPad to compare – this is too funny! They are the same size. The keyboard comes in two versions – USB and Bluetooth. We have overcome all battery issues in order to keep the traditional Trackpoint without a drain on the battery. So you can enjoy the traditional red rubber Trackpoint! I personally feel like it is best keyboard to be used with docked notebooks and tablets. Compared to some keyboards out there, this one has the pointing device to operate in Windows in compact form and shape - so important in these days. And if you are using the All-In-One or Tiny, this is the ideal choice. I mean, the compact keyboard fits space saving computers perfectly. Particularly when some All-In-One computers have an optional Bluetooth. I was using the previous...

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Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

My name is Jin Li (@lead_org); I am a Lenovo Insider (Lenovo brand advocate), Lenovo Community Advocate, Microsoft MVP, blogger, and a serious ThinkPad addict! I currently own more than 60 ThinkPads, and my collection is growing. So, why do I have so many ThinkPad laptops? I love ThinkPad, and I love the whole user experience associated with owning a ThinkPad. There is nothing quite as satisfying as owning a ThinkPad, servicing it, and upgrading it so that it will still function in a decade’s time when other laptops have gone into the eWaste recycling bin. I sometimes feel that ThinkPad is more than an inanimate object that you simply use then throw out, but rather it is an embodiment of human knowledge and cultures, which every owner should treasure. ThinkPad represents everything that is great about mankind, and how we can translate our culture and thinking into great functional design, which other people could equally appreciate (or discover). By collecting ThinkPads, I can discover and learn about the cultural and design evolution of a great brand, and how it changes overtime. At the same time, I can also marvel at how ingenious ThinkPad designers are, to allow the original ThinkPad design elements to remain identifiable in products 20 years after its release. One could say that ThinkPad brand has the greatest brand pedigree! Jin Li has...

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What’s the power of an hour? In 2012, the promise of a more environmentally-conscious planet inspired individuals in nearly 700 cities in more than 100 countries to take part in an hour of powering down around the world.  In the past six years, the Earth Hour movement has grown from a national event in Australia to an international conversation to raise awareness about Earth’s precious environment and how global citizens can collectively make a difference.  People this year will celebrate Earth Hour on March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in local time zones.  For all the ins and outs on how to participate, check out Earth Hour’s website. I am going to power down this year. The last time I did happened when my family lost power in one of those rare but crippling winter storms atypical for North Carolina. Armed with a headlamp and a book, a new awareness crept inside my consciousness – if everyone really did sweat the small power savings, collectively it could make a big difference. And that’s the power of Earth Hour. I’m no energy efficiency expert. But I know one who is when it comes to PCs. So I asked Lenovo master inventor Howard Locker how to squeeze out as much energy efficiency from PCs and how much it could save. Together we came up with a shortlist of best practices: Buy the most efficient desktop...

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The New Windows 8 user interface – although seen before its official announcement – created a lot of emotions. The majority of new PCs will have this new interface, pushing us toward a new world of touch. I want to explore a new way to benefit from the many features of Win8 by introducing it's best friend, the Lenovo Wireless Touchpad. The biggest change in Win8 is the Start screen, which is optimized for touch. To accommodate this demand for touch, there are new apps – gestures, bigger buttons, redesigned user interface. Whether you have a touch screen enabled device or not, there is a change in how you navigate too. The challenge is that currently not all notebooks and even less desktops have touchscreen. When all you hear about is touch, but you do not have that capability yet, ask yourself – how do I benefit in this situation? The answer is simple for me – The Lenovo Wireless Touchpad. We introduced the new Lenovo Touchpad to enable you to: - Navigate on your notebook or desktop even without a touch screen on your system - Navigate using touch, comfortably, on a docked notebook on a stand or if your notebook is positioned further from your finger tips to take advantage of an external keyboard. - Utilize new gestures       o   Mimic Windows 8 touchscreen gestures (like edge swipe)       o   Zoom, rotate – Remember, I told you that new...

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ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Optional Digitizer Pen

ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Optional Digitizer Pen

  We gave guest author Michael Archambault a brand new ThinkPad Tablet 2 to carry around with him for a few days to get his opinion on the tablet that is redefining business.  His verdict:  the ThinkPad Tablet 2 wins the  gold medal.   With the introduction of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8, OEMs like Lenovo have become inspired to create amazing Windows tablets that can tackle work or play; the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is one of these amazing tablets. The new ThinkPad Tablet 2 comes preloaded out of the box with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8. While most other tablets in the same price range only offer Windows RT and lock out the ability to use Legacy applications, you won’t have that issue with this tablet. Having the full edition of Windows 8 means you’ll be able to run all the familiar apps from past versions of Windows that you have been used to; this is thanks to the next generation Intel Inside processor. In my testing with the Intel Inside Processor it was able to smoothly power the Windows 8 interface while providing enough power to run basic legacy applications on the familiar desktop. I was able to test the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 Enterprise Dock; the dock provides multiple USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, and a rapid charging port for the device. I connected the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to the device and used it with an external 22" monitor; while I was...

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