Lenovo has announced updates to much of the ThinkPad lineup including the new ThinkPad L420 notebooks aimed at mainstream corporate users. The ThinkPad L420 offers a relatively cheap entry point into the ThinkPad family with interoperability with the T and W Series docks and batteries.
ThinkPad L420 Quick Specs:
The L420 comes with 2nd Generation Intel Core i processor options starting at Core i3 and going up to Core i7 and can be configured with up to 8GB DDR3 RAM. The ThinkPad L420 supports up to a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and up to a 128GB SSD as well as numerous Wifi, WiMAX and cellular connectivity options. The ThinkPad L420 notebooks support Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 with RapidBoot and TurboBoost+ for faster startup and longer time spent in TurboBoost.
The base L420 will come with integrated Intel graphics, but there is the ability to upgrade to a combination Intel and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v discrete graphics solution with 1GB VRAM. The 14.0″ anti glare display has a 1366×768 resolution
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ThinkPad L420 Features:
In addition to the standard business friendly features like an integrated fingerprint reader, optional smart card readers, BIOS port locking and support for encrypting drives the L420 comes with many new features that users and IT staff will appreciate.
One of the new feature is the ability to switch between private mode for video chat, which focuses on one user, to conference call mode which listens to everyone in the room using the built in digital array microphone. User will also enjoy being able to close their laptop and walk to a meeting without losing their WiFi connection.
Finally, IT administrators will like that the L Series notebooks are compatible with the docking stations used by the T and W Series notebooks as well as compatible with other ThinkPad batteries.
ThinkPad L420 Battery Life:
The ThinkPad L420 comes with the option for a 3-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell battery depending on how much time the user needs away from the desk. Lenovo claims a 40% battery life improvement, but does not list the life of the L420 battery options.
Lenovo ThinkPad L420 Pricing and Availability:
The Lenovo ThinkPad L420 will be available on March 29th with a starting price of $719 along with the rest of the ThinkPad T, ThinkPad L and ThinkPad W lines.
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ThinkPad L420 Specs:
Intel® Core™ i7-2620M (2.70GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2540M (2.60GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M (2.50GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M (2.30GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i3-2310M (2.10GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
|Operating System||Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 32-bit |
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
|Hard Disk||160GB (7200rpm SATA)1 |
250GB/320GB (5400rpm SATA)
320GB/500GB (7200rpm) SATA
250GB (7200rpm SATA FDE)
80GB mSATA SSD 128GB SSD
|Memory / RAM||Choice: Up to 8GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD ROM Read-Only or Multi Burner/DVD CD Multi Rec|
|Keyboard||Improved ergonomic design, ThinkPad UltraNav multipointing system, including TrackPoint pointing device and larger multitouch touchpad with flush design, larger Esc and Delete keys, separate microphone and speaker mute buttons with LEDs, VoIP Fn+F6 hotkey combination, LEDs added to CapsLk key, power-on button and fingerprint reader|
|Graphics Card||Intel® Integrated HD Graphics Intel® + ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 565v Discrete Graphics (1GB VRAM)|
|Available Integrated Communication||WWAN ,Bluetooth 2.1, WiMAX, WLAN|
|Supported WLAN Card||Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 2×2 AGN |
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 2×2 AGN (performance) Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 10001 1×2 BGN (value)
ThinkPad GN (Realtek®) 1×1 GN (value)
|Supported WWAN Card||Gobi™ 3000 Sierra Wireless EV-DO/HSPA WWAN Minicard |
Ericsson HSPA+ WWAN Minicard (F5521gw)
LeadCore TD-SCDMA WWAN Minicard (LC5730D)
Huawei EV-DO WWAN Minicard (EM660)
|Microphone||dual digital microphones|
|Dimensions||13.54in x 9.17in x1.26in – 1.42in |
(343.9mm x 232.9mm x 32.0mm-36.0mm)
|Weights||Starting at 5.1 lbs (2.3kg) with 6-cell battery|
|Display||HD anti-glare 16:9 LED |
14.0″ HD (1366 x 768)
|USB Ports||4 USB ports (1 powered)|
|eSata Port||1 eSATA port|
|Other ports and slots||54/34mm ExpressCard and Smart Card option |
1 MultiMedia Card Reader
1 Display port with audio