Lenovo Adds To ThinkPad Line With T400s


Lenovo is adding a new notebook to its flagship ThinkPad line of laptops. Unveiled Tuesday, the Lenovo T400s notebook was designed for customers who need a powerful notebook created with style and a thin form factor in mind.

The ThinkPad T400s has been designed with another one of Lenovo's notebooks in mind, the ultra-light X300. While the laptop measures less than an inch thick, at 0.83 inches, and tips the scales at less than four pounds, the T400s is still a fully functional machine that can be deployed in enterprise shops.

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The notebook is designed to perform, with an Intel 2.53GHz Core2Duo processor complemented by the 128 GB of solid-state storage or 250 GB of HDD storage. A 34 mm Express Card slot or 5-in-1 multimedia card reader are available. The six-cell battery powers the laptop for up to six hours without significantly increasing the weight of the machine.

A 14-inch LED screen reduces the strain on battery power and is paired with enhancements to the keyboard and touchpad to meet the needs that Lenovo believes employees want.

The touchpad supports multitouch capabilities -- native to the upcoming Windows 7 OS -- and is 30 percent larger than the previous iteration of the model. Additionally, the touch pad has been made to be flush with the notebook, but Lenovo has given it textured feel, making it easier to locate without looking.

The keyboard also is designed to deliver increased productivity to users. The Escape and Delete keys have been made bigger, giving users a bigger landing zone. According to the company, users often eat in front of their machines and are worried about getting crumbs in the notebook, prompting Lenovo to tighten the gaps between keys on the keyboard.

The ThinkPad T400s is equipped with a slim DVD burner or Blu-ray player and connects to the Web via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and optional WiMAX, WWAN and Bluetooth options.

Finally, Lenovo continues to design notebooks to take more than their fair share of abuse in everyday use. One of the rugged features added to the ThinkPad T400s is a monocoque carbon-reinforced fiber roll cage, designed to protect the sensitive parts of the notebook.

The Lenovo T400s is available for purchase Tuesday and starts around $1,599.