Lenovo's latest ThinkPad model, the "L" Series, was officially announced today. The new laptop, which rings in at as low as $700, contains a higher amount of post-recycled material than any other laptop on the market.
The L Series was specifically designed for students, businesses, and government applications because of its powerful features like an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor (with Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading), and ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chips.
They are available in 14-inch and 15-inch varieties, both with 16:9, high-def antiglare displays, and the tracking touchpads have multi-touch. The battery reportedly lasts for as long as 8 hours while in use.
And with 4 USB ports, one of which is a combination eSATA/USB port, and support for DisplayPort and VGA, there's lots of connection options. It can also connect natively to 3G and 4G mobile data connections. Users can set up a data account with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon to provide Internet access virtually anywhere in the country.
"Today more than ever before, customers are looking to get more out of their PC technology. We designed the new L Series to give users the most important features for being productive like cutting-edge processing performance, long battery life and a VoIP-optimized design without sacrificing the reliability and durability ThinkPad is known for," said ThinkPad's executive director of product marketing Dilip Bhatia.
Everything from the LCD screen to the case is partially made from recycled products. As much as 30% of the device comes from stuff like old water jugs, recycled phones, and discarded IT equipment. Lenovo says that each laptop saves the environment the equivalent of 10 plastic water bottles.
The L Series laptops, the L412 and the L512, will be available around this time next month with pricing starting around $649.
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