Lenovo Rolls Out New ThinkPad Yoga Models for Business Users
At a time when industry-wide PC sales are sliding, Lenovo just rolled out a major redesign of its ThinkPad Yoga and ThinkCentre product families. The key focus of the rehash aligns with a survey of more than 6,000 businesses that revealed security, mobility and reliability are the top pain points -- and over a quarter of those companies plan to adopt convertible devices.
Survey data also showed 53 percent of employees work from home at least part time; 61 percent are required to travel for business; and 46 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34. The thinner and lighter ThinkPad Yoga 260 (pictured) and 460 convertibles and the "fastest-than-ever" ThinkCentre desktops aim to meet the needs of today’s business user, who are “seeking cutting-edge technology,” according to Tom Shell, senior vice president of Lenovo’s PC Business Group.
We caught up with Roger Kay, principal of Endpoint Technologies Associates, to get his thoughts on the new Lenovo Products. He told us, “It’s true, the PC sector is under assault from various directions: market maturity, economic downturn, rival form factors like tablets and smartphones. But within the sector, Lenovo is managing to stay in place by swimming hard upstream.”
The new products illustrate Kay’s point. Modern computer users will appreciate the ThinkPad Yoga 260 and 460. That’s because the smart multimode flexibility gives them the freedom to work in the mode that best suits the task they are trying to accomplish.
Some of the most unique features, which appear in select models, include LTE-A wireless WAN connectivity that spins speeds up to three times faster than LTE. Then there’s the optional integrated fingerprint and smartcard security to beef up data protection and privacy for road warriors.
Lenovo is also pointing to a “more accurate and rechargeable” ThinkPad Pen Pro that, combined with the Lenovo WRITEit application, offers a better Windows 10 experience. With the Yoga 460, users have the option of a wide quad high definition screen and graphics. And with plenty of configurations to choose from, IT managers can give users the experiences they want.
“On the PC side, the company has successfully blended its legacy IBM and Lenovo teams to produce some of the best PCs on the market, systems both technically robust and stylish, particularly in the Yoga lineup,” Kay said. “The company still faces challenges with the continuing integration of the Moto and IBM x86 server assets, but the PC side is holding up as well as could be expected in this environment.”
The new ThinkCentre Tiny introduces the Lenovo Pro WiDi adapter, which works to make wireless connections to WiDi-enabled displays easier while also doing away with more cable clutter. But the big story is performance.
In a recent internal benchmark, the ThinkCentre M900 Tiny outperformed its nearest competitors by up to 48 percent and the first generation Tiny by 128 percent. Lenovo said that’s partly due to support for new PCIe storage that offers up to 80 percent better performance than standard solid state drives.
The next generation includes the M900z all-in-one, M900 tower and small form factor and M900, M700 and M600 Tiny desktops. Lenovo said it has put these machines through many tests, including drop testing and extreme temperature testing, and high altitude testing. The ThinkCentres come with sixth generation Intel Core processors and a variety of CPU, storage and graphics options.
The starting prices for the ThinkPad Yoga 260 and the 460 are $949 and $1049, respectively. The ThinkPad Yoga 260 will hit the market in November in some countries. The ThinkPad Yoga 460 will be available starting in October in some countries and January in North America with enterprise features. Silver models will also be available in January. The OneLink+ Dock and Pro WiDi Adapter will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing was not announced.
ThinkCentre M900z will be available in select countries beginning in November with a starting price of $929. ThinkCentre M900 Tower and Small Form Factor will be available in some countries in the fourth quarter with starting prices of $799 and $779, respectively. ThinkCentre M900, M700, M600 Tiny desktops will be available in some countries in the fourth quarter with starting prices of $749, $499 and $399 respectively.
Posted: 2015-09-27 @ 11:31am PT
I just wish Lenovo would sort out its drivers and apps for its current Yoga customers having recently jumped over to Windows 10.
Posted: 2015-09-04 @ 6:05pm PT
will the pen option be available in the 14 in form factor with the 4K screen?