If I mention Lenovo to the average non-techie, there’s a 50/50 shot they know the name. But as soon as I say “ThinkPads”, eyes light up and inevitably there’s a story about how a ThinkPad was or is the person’s favorite computer. ThinkPad and the associated computers are just solid machines, and it’s always exciting to see new ones at CES!
ThinkPads come in laptop and desktop flavors, plus accessories, so there are a whole lot of fresh devices for 2020. Hope your wallet is ready because Lenovo has something for just about everyone!
First up is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8. It’s got Dolby Atmos sound, a 4K Dolby Vision screen, clocks in at a trim 2.4 pounds, and is even MIL-spec tested, so even if you tend to play dodgeball with your laptop bag the X1 Carbon is ready*. You can spec it out with a carbon fiber top, it has a rapid-charging battery, and has both an HD camera and Lenovo’s clever ThinkShutter to keep your privacy intact. Plus it has 8GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage! All this starting at $1,499, coming sometime in 2020.
Lenovo’s also really left their mark on the ThinkPad line with the Yoga variant, and a new ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 is coming too! It’s a Yoga, so you get that amazing flexibility with multiple hinge angles for viewing in tent, tablet or laptop mode. You also get a precision CNC aluminum chassis, Dolby Atmos sound, and there are both integrated and optional ThinkPad pens for when you’re in tablet mode, or you really want to doodle over your ex’s face in Google Photos. ThinkPad X1 Yoga 5 is coming in Spring 2020 starting at $1,599, which is a great price considering how many hats the Yoga line wears!
Maybe you’re more into all-in-ones. In that case, be sure to check out the ThinkCentre M90a AIO. It features a 23.8in FHD screen with an 88% screen to body ratio; in other words, it’s a super sharp screen that dominates the space. It also features Dolby Atmos sound, as well as a cable management system that keeps all those pesky cables out of sight and out of mind. Plus you can add up to 32GB of RAM, and that makes me realize 2020 is definitely the future because I remember my college roommate rejoicing over 1 gigabyte of RAM in 2000. And while this is a desktop, it’s actually pretty light at only 16.5 pounds, which means if you do need to move this around your home office, it’s going to be fairly easy to transport. All in ones tend to get overlooked in favor of flashier laptops, but Lenovo makes sure no one forgets how desktops can shine. If that’s your thing, look for the ThinkCentre M90a this June 2020 starting at $1,099.
Monitors are a part of your everyday life if you work at a desk all day. Personally, I don’t remember how I ever survived without dual monitors at work — I’d sooner give up my wireless keyboard, mouse, and headset before letting go of that second monitor. If monitors matter to you, Lenovo has a number of new ones. In the more traditional monitor range, they have the ThinkVision T24V and ThinkVision P27H, coming in at $279 and $549 respectively. Both sport excellent screens, though the P27H is sharper and with smaller bezels.
If you’re looking to go a bit more unusual with your monitor choices, Lenovo has you covered there too. There’s the ThinkVision T34w-20, which is a 34″ giant monitor designed to replace a typical dual-monitor setup. Lenovo says this saves space and gives more screen viewing space, so if you want or need that kind of monitor space, get your $799 ready this March 2020.
Then there’s the ThinkVision Creator Extreme. It’s such a big deal they didn’t even give it a numeric name — they just called it the Creative Extreme because it is basically the Chuck Norris of monitors. It supports HDR formats, offers 3-side near-edgeless design, and a 4K UHD resolution. This is effectively the monitor you use when you need color accuracy above all else. It’s not cheap at $2,499, but if you work in a field where color and image accuracy is the main goal, it will be worth every penny. And start saving those pennies now, because the Creative Extreme comes out in April 2020.
One of the reasons everyone loves ThinkPads is the keyboards. They’re an excellent typing experience, and there’s many people who are passionate defenders of the ThinkPad
nub TrackPoint. For those people who will forever believe that, there’s the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II. It’s a portable Bluetooth version of THE ThinkPad keyboard, and it even allows for switching between two supported devices (so you could use it to type on both your computer and your tablet, for example). At $99, it’s a little on the higher end for a Bluetooth keyboard, but if you’re looking for a mouse/keyboard combo and love the ThinkPad style, get your card ready in May 2020.
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*For the record, neither Gear Diary nor Lenovo recommend actually using your laptop bag for dodgeball, and are in no way responsible for any damage to persons or computers if you actually try this.