Lenovo today unveiled a complete computing solution for small-to-medium
business (SMB) users that includes the new SL series of ThinkPad notebooks,
value-added software and unique new services. Lenovo also announced an
additional six new ThinkPad notebooks and four new IdeaPad notebooks for
consumers, allowing them to express themselves with more choices of color,
including Indigo blue, Bold black and Crimson red. All of the notebooks are
based on the latest Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology.
SINGAPORE, July 16, 2008 – Lenovo today unveiled a complete computing
solution for small-to-medium business (SMB) users that includes the new SL
series of ThinkPad notebooks, value-added software and unique new services. The
trio of notebooks – SL300, SL400 and SL500 – feature cutting-edge technologies,
such as excellent multimedia capabilities with an optional Blu-Ray DVD player on
select models as well as a black glossy cover for a stylish design.
To make the computing experience productive and simple, Lenovo also combined
software that helps with everything from data recovery to simplifying Internet
connection with a new optional service package featuring on-line data backup and
on-site warranty repair.
“The ThinkPad name is synonymous with leadership in computing for the business
user,” said Ronnie Lee, Country General Manager, Transactional Business, Lenovo
Singapore. “Now we’re bringing the same quality and reliability that ThinkPad is
known for to users in the small business space with a number of leading
Today, Lenovo also announced an additional six new notebooks – the ThinkPad
R400, R500, T400, T500, X200 and W500.
Lenovo brings many of the technologies first pioneered in the industry-acclaimed
ThinkPad X300 notebook, such as solid state drive storage, LED backlit displays.
The new T Series includes models with technologies like switchable graphics and
support for Display Port.
Using these new technologies, this generation of notebooks offers significant
improvements over the previous one, featuring cooler and quieter notebooks with
lighter weight and longer battery life.
Lenovo offers its first 12-inch widescreen ultraportable notebook, the ThinkPad
X200 notebook, in a lighter design than the previous ThinkPad X61 notebook. With
a larger keyboard, lighter weight and focus on productivity, the notebook
balances performance and portability.
Lenovo is introducing the ThinkPad W-Series, the first in a new class of mobile
workstations with models offering the mobility of an Open-GL Graphics
The newly announced notebooks also expand Lenovo’s portfolio of
environmentally-responsible notebooks with many of them being rated Gold by the
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. All the newly announced
ThinkPad notebooks, including the SL Series, are based on Intel’s® latest
Centrino® 2 processor technology.
ThinkPad SL: Designed for the Unique Needs of the Small Business
Quality, affordability and service and support are critical factors to SMB
notebook users, and Lenovo’s SMB solution combines all of those. Lenovo designed
the notebooks for the unique way these users work – whether at home, the office,
the park or coffee shop. With the need for always-on, 24/7 connectivity growing,
the notebooks feature WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth technologies.
The number of SMB users is growing dramatically. IDC forecasts that in 2009, the
SMB segment will command 31 percent of the total notebook (including
ultraportables) PC market worldwide and will grow to 76.6 million in 2011. The
growth in this space is outpacing the growth in traditional large volume buyers,
the large enterprise and very large enterprise1.
The notebooks also excel with their multimedia capabilities. Speakers,
microphones and an optional webcam provide excellent support for Internet voice
and video conferencing. And support for HDMI/VGA means users can watch video
content, like movies in high-definition. The ThinkPad SL Series also combines
looks with performance with a glossy black top cover, a first for ThinkPad
Known in the industry for hardware reliability, Lenovo designed the notebooks
with durability and performance in mind. Lenovo’s Active Protection System, an
air-bag like system, protects the hard drive against drops or falls, and an
optional fingerprint reader helps protect against unauthorized users. The
ThinkPad SL300 notebook also comes with an available LED backlit display.
Software and Services
Software and services complement the hardware part of the solution. Without
dedicated IT support, users often have little help when it come to things such
as connecting to the Internet, managing passwords, data recovery and updating
their computer. Lenovo’s unique Lenovo Care Tools solve those common issues and
help take the frustration and time out of managing one’s computer. The notebooks
come with Lenovo’s Access Connections, Client Security Solutions, Rescue and
Recovery, Presentation Director and System Update.
To help small businesses get the most productivity from their new ThinkPad
notebooks, and to meet the growing demand for protection and security, Lenovo is
introducing ThinkPlus Secure Business, the first of several new custom service
packages designed for the SMB which consists of:
• On-site next-day business warranty upgrade to keep small businesses productive
• ThinkPad protection, providing PC repairs or replacement in the event of
liquid spills, drops or electrical surges
• Online data backup, a secure, off-site storage solution for critical business
and employee data.
ThinkPlus Secure Business is available for either a one or three year term.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad SL400 and SL500 notebooks start at SGD 1,400 and SGD 1,470
respectively and will be available through Lenovo Business Partners at the end
of July. The ThinkPad X200 notebook starts at SGD 2,750 and is available in
September. The other notebooks will be available from August with starting
prices on select models ranging from SGD 1,999 on the ThinkPad R500 notebook to
SGD 3,800 on the ThinkPad W500 notebook.