The new machine's classic ThinkPad keyboard has been simplified. "The keyboard has been designed for the new generation of users," said Curtis. The simplified design eliminates some legacy keys like SysRq while keeping rich functionality including dedicated multimedia and voice calling controls. For working in low light, users can turn on the keyboard's backlight available for the first time on an enterprise-class ThinkPad laptop. The keyboard, in keeping with ThinkPad tradition, has a spill resistance feature.
"Business PCs typically aren't known for their audio/visual experience, but the ThinkPad X1 laptop changes that with its rich and resonant sound thanks to Dolby Home Theatre v4 and superbright (350 NIT) high-definition display," said Curtis.
He also said Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops feature a platform of new innovations that respond to key business needs such as video and voice calling, enterprise management and an easy-to-use computing experience.
There are many security features in the new laptop such as Intel vPro technology, encrypted hard drives with remote management support. Its hard drives can be fully encrypted and yet they are recoverable, said Curtis. It also has a fingerprint reader (which also read your veins) with one touch swipe for power on and authentication. "The machine uses your finger's energy to power up its authentication system," said Curtis.
The ThinkPad X1 laptop is already available in the West (Wave 1 markets). Now, it is available in most of Asia (Wave 2 markets). In Singapore, it can be had through business partners at a suggested retail price from S$3,099 (US$2,540).
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