Lenovo's T400s Aims For the Line Between Portability and Performance

Lenovo's new T400s laptop aims for the sweet spot between portability and performance, offering up a whole bevy of options in a device with a 14.1-inch screen that weighs under four pounds.

The T400s is essentially a cross between the bulkier T400 and the super-slim X300. It's got business-dude-friendly features like a dock connector on the bottom, a fingerprint scanner that can boot into your login with a single swipe and components that are easy to upgrade. It's also rugged as hell, as you can see in this video. It's available now starting at $1,599, but that price goes up fast when you stick in stuff like 8GB of RAM or a Blu-ray drive.

The Best of Both Worlds: Lenovo Combines Thin and Light With Powerful Performance in Latest ThinkPad Laptop

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – June 23, 2009: Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad T400s laptop, created to give business users a thin and light yet powerful, feature-packed PC.

Lenovo's designers sweat every detail, and the new laptop includes a series of significant enhancements invented to make the laptop more intuitive and easier to use, leading to an improved overall computing experience.

Designed for Thin and Light

Inspired by Lenovo's thinnest and lightest full-function laptop, the featherweight ThinkPad X300, Lenovo engineered its latest laptop to be super-slim at just 0.83 inches thin and ultra-light starting at under four pounds1. The laptop achieves its skinny frame thanks to the thin 14.1-inch LED screen, solid state drive storage and the second generation Top Cover Roll Cage, which Lenovo first introduced in the ThinkPad X300 laptop. The roll cage's monocoque carbon reinforced fiber, also used in bicycle frames and airplanes, helps keep the laptop extremely light yet surprisingly sturdy. With this design the laptop weighs nearly 20 percent less than its ThinkPad T400 predecessor, making it much thinner and lighter than the Dell E6400 and HP 6930P laptops.

Loaded for Performance

The T Series is comprised of Lenovo's most powerful and performance-heavy laptops. The ThinkPad T400s laptop allows users to enjoy the best of both worlds – thin and light mobility without sacrificing the powerful performance they need.

The laptop comes with:

* Choices of Intel 2.53 GHz Core2Duo processors (standard voltage) and graphics
* Choices of solid state drive storage up to 128 GB or 250 GB hard drive storage
* 9.5 mm slim DVD burner or Blu-Ray player
* Ethernet, WiFi, and optional WiMAX2, WWAN,2 Bluetooth and ultrawideband connectivity
* 34mm Express Card slot or 5-in-1 multimedia card reader
* Support for Lenovo's ConstantConnect and Protect technology that allows users to maximize integration of their BlackBerry smartphone and ThinkPad laptop
* Nearly six hours of battery life
* Supports up to two monitors via a Display Port and VGA connectors
* Meets the criteria for energy efficiency for Energy Star 5.0
* Built-in USB/eSATA port

Lenovo is also introducing three new options for ThinkPad T400s laptop users who want to expand their work space by connecting to other peripherals such as mice and keyboards, printers and monitors. The ThinkPad Port Replicator Series 3, ThinkPad Mini-Dock Series 3 and ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus 3 feature new slim and sleek footprints, provide one-step "rip and go" docking and include a range of multi-monitor support while meeting a variety of needs including support for USB, Display Port and eSATA.

Design Matters

Users spend a lot of time on their keyboards. A comfortable, easy to use keyboard plays a big role in their overall satisfaction with their PC. Knowing this, Lenovo spends a lot of time perfecting the design of its keyboard. The average user hits the Delete and the Escape key 700 times a week. To make it easier, Lenovo made them larger. With many people eating lunch now at their desks, crumbs inevitably end up piling up inside the keyboard. To help keep crumbs out, Lenovo tightened up the spaces between the keys. To keep the laptop thin, the touchpad lays flush with the palm rest. So to make sure users know whether their fingers are on the trackpad, Lenovo developed a textured material to help them feel the trackpad's location. And with multitouch technology on the trackpad, users can easily scroll, pinch and zoom through documents.

Because more people are using voice over IP (VOIP) for communicating at the office, at home or on the road, Lenovo optimized its latest laptop to make VOIP calls simple. There are three main ingredients for a high quality VOIP experience – the quality of the video, the quality of the audio and the quality of the network connection. For a great VOIP experience, Lenovo equipped the laptop with a two megapixel camera for better quality images and to help in low lighting conditions. Lenovo also pumped up the speaker volume more than two times greater than audio levels on the ThinkPad T400 laptop and added a convenient toggle switch at the top of the keyboard to easily increase and decrease volume. A similar feature can be found on the steering wheel of sports cars. Finally, Lenovo's range of connectivity options give uses flexibility in how they want to connect online.

The constant clicking of keys can be distracting when on a conference call, so Lenovo added dual digital microphones. This helps reduce ambient noise and improve speaker clarity. So users know whether they are on or off mute, Lenovo added separate speaker and mute buttons with LED lights to indicate which button is on. For an even faster VOIP experience, users can activate VOIP applications using the HotKey combination of the Function and F6 keys.

For even more convenience, Lenovo added the ability to power on the laptop with just the swipe of a finger on the finger print reader. And an always-on USB port keeps MP3 players, cameras and other peripherals charged when the laptop is in standby and hibernate or off completely.

Pricing and Availability3

The ThinkPad T400 laptop is available beginning immediately through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Models start at approximately $1,599.