The Thinkpad has been around since late 1992 and was very successful, soon collecting more than 300 awards for design and quality. ThinkPads have been praised for exceptional build quality, system reliability, and services throughout their decade and a half of presence in the consumer market.
The first laptop to be taken into Space was a Thinkpad, the Thinkpad 750, and clear up until the present day are being used in Space stations and missions.
Up until 2005 the Thinkpad was owned by IBM. In 2005 IBM sold the Personal Computing Division of IBM to Lenovo. Since then Lenovo has been designing and building the Thinkpad with the same care and devotion that it received from IBM.
Under Lenovo’s guidance the Thinkpad has evolved into a thinner, quieter and more powerful laptop. The Lenovo Thinkpad is built to endure and is not “just another gadget made in China” as some would say. Those who say this have most likely never owned one.
Here are some things that make the Thinkpad the legend that it is.
The Thinkpad Legend
Traditionally black, ThinkPads have commonly featured magnesium, carbon fiber reinforced plastic or titanium composite cases. The ThinkPad has introduced many innovations, including the TrackPoint pointing device. ThinkLight, an LED keyboard light at the top of the LCD screen, Active Protection System, an accelerometer sensor which detects when a ThinkPad is falling and shuts the hard drive down to prevent damage, Roll-cage design to eliminate motherboard flex, Biometric fingerprint reader, Client Security Solution, which improves security using a built-in TPM and facilitates deployment in corporate environment and drain holes to help reduce damages to the keyboard and components from accidental spillage.
Lenovo Exclusive – Roll Cage
Lenovo’s Roll Cage consists of a one piece magnesium-
alloy* frame that has numerous system design benefits over
ThinkPad systems without this frame. These include:
– Reduced system board flex to help increase durability
– An extra layer of HDD armor for added shock
– Added thermal protection for a more comfortable
– Added protection for the optical disk drive
Lenovo Exclusive – Display Roll Cage
ThinkPad T61 (all) and R61 (14.1″ Wide) feature Lenovo’s
new Display Roll Cage. Similar in function to the system
Roll Cage, the Display Roll Cage provides the following
benefits over ThinkPad notebooks without this protection:
– Extra impact resistance for the LCD display panel
– Acts as a noise shield for better wireless antenna
– Dedicated locations for each antenna type – build
consistency makes for easier service by technicians
– No cosmetic impact to system
All ThinkPad notebook keyboards are sealed and sit
inside of a tray to be spill resistant. A drainage
channel funnels spills to the bottom of the system,
lessening the chance for damage should a spill occur.
And this is just the beginning … there is much more to come so watch this spot!
To be continued …