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ThinkPads get Broadwell and break the 100 million mark

Gordon Mah Ung | Jan. 6, 2015
Lenovo says it's crossed a huge milestone with its ThinkPad line that's impressive even if you say it without the Dr. Evil pinkie to the lips: 100 million.

I like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as much as the next nerd, but others ThinkPads also get the Broadwell love — namely, the rest of the X, T, L and E series. So $1,149 ThinkPad X250? Take a 5th-gen CPU too. T450s and T450? ($1,099 and $849), you, too. Budget ThinkPad E450 and E550 (starting at $599) will offer Broadwell for you as well! Unfortunately you won't be buying these updated ThinkPads immediately: Lenovo says it won't have the units available until next month. Further details of any changes to these units weren't disclosed by Lenovo before CES kicked off.

It's not all about ThinkPads, either. Lenovo is also introducing the ThinkVision X24 monitor, aimed — surprisingly — at business customers who apparently don't want their monitors to look like they came out of a 1990s movie.

The ThinkVision X24 is 7.5mm at its thinnest section and offers a 1920x1080 resolution with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, which we're going to assume are HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 respectively. The monitor will start at $250.

Mad Max: ThinkPad Stack

And just in case the road warrior doesn't have enough crap jammed into the laptop bag, Lenovo is releasing its new ThinkPad Stack, which offers a modular approach to all the things you may or may not need.

One slice offers a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive, another a 2-watt Bluetooth Speaker with noise-cancelling mic so you don't have to take those VoIP meetings using the tiny laptop speakers and mic. Another slice offers a 10,000mAh charger for phones and tablets. The last slice is a hotspot access point that connects via Bluetooth to your LTE phone. 

Although full details weren't immediately available, it sounds like you essentially connect it to any LTE phone via Bluetooth and the ThinkPad Stack acts as a WiFi access point — perhaps without the permission of your carrier. Nothing like having AT&T or Verizon and Marriott Hotels gunning for you. The stack cleverly sticks together using magnets.


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