VAIOis a sub-brand for many of Sony's computer products. It was originally an acronym for Video Audio Integrated Operation, but since 2008 amended to Visual Audio Intelligence Organizerto celebrate the brand's 10th year anniversary (Dell XPS M1210 Battery) http://www.hdd-shop.co.uk.
The branding was created by Timothy Hanley to distinguish items that encompassed the use of consumer audio and video, as well as being conventional computing products. One example of this was the Sony VAIO W Series personal computer, which functioned as a regular computer and a miniature entertainment center Dell Studio XPS 1640 Battery.
Although Sony made computers in the 1980s for the Japanese market only, Sony withdrew from the computer business around the turn of the decade. Sony's re-entry to the computer market, this time globally, under the new VAIO brand, started in 1996 with the PCV series of desktops Dell Vostro 1710 Battery.
The VAIO logo also represents the integration of analog and digital technology. The 'VA' represents an analog wave and the 'IO' represents digital binary code.
Sony is expanding the use of the VAIO label. It can now be found on notebooks, subnotebooks, desktop and media centres Dell KM958 battery.
Network media solutions by Sony will also carry the VAIO brand.
VAIO notebooks are currently shipped with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (Business line) or Windows 7 Home Premium, while high-end models sometimes come with Windows 7 Ultimate Dell Studio 1555 battery.
In mid-2005, all models stopped shipping with a Recovery CD, which was replaced by a hidden partition on the hard drive, accessible at boot via the BIOS or also within Windows via a utility. Pressing [F10] (at the VAIO logo) during boot-up will cause the notebook to boot from the recovery partition Sony VGP-BPS13 battery;
where the user has the choice of either running hardware diagnostics (without affecting the installed system), or restoring (re-imaging) the hard drive to factory condition (of course, this option will destroy all user installed applications and all data) Sony VGP-BPS13/B battery.
On first running the system out of the box, VAIO users are prompted to create a set of recovery DVDs, which will be required in case of hard disk failure and replacement with a new drive (normally these would not be required if the system is restored from the hidden partition) Sony VGP-BPS13/S battery.
Also included as part of the out-of-box experience, are prompts to register at Club VAIO, an online community for VAIO owners and enthusiasts, which also provides automatic driver updates and technical support via email, along with exclusive desktop wallpapers and promotional offers Sony VGP-BPS13A/B battery.
On recent models, you are also prompted to register your trial versions of Microsoft Office and the installed antivirus software (Norton Anti-Virus on older models, and McAfee Antivirus on newer ones) upon initial boot Sony VGP-BPS13B/B battery.
VAIO computers come with components from companies such as Intel processors, Seagate Technology, Hitachi, Fujitsu or Toshiba hard drives, Infineon RAM, Atheros and Intel wireless chipsets, Sony (usually made by Hitachi) or Matsushita optical drives, Intel, NVIDIA or ATI graphics processors and Sony speakers Sony VGP-BPL9 battery.
Recent laptops are being shipped with Qimonda RAM, HP speakers with Realtek High Definition Audio Systems, and optional Dolby Sound Room technology. It has been confirmed that a touch-screen VAIO is planned to be launched as well as support for PlayStation Network Sony VGP-BPS13B/B battery.
Some Sony VAIO models come with Sony's proprietary XBRITE (also known as ClearBright in Japan and Asia-Pacific region) displays. The first model to introduce this feature is the VAIO TR series Sony VGP-BPL15 battery.
It is also the first consumer product to utilize such technology. It is a combination of smooth screen, anti-reflection (AR) coating and high-efficiency lens sheet. Sony claims that the smooth finish provides a sharper screen display, the AR coating prevents external light from scattering when it hits the screen Dell Inspiron E1505 battery,
and the high-efficiency lens sheet provides 1.5 times the brightness improvement over traditional LCD designs, while also extending battery life due to less usage of the LCD backlight. The technology was pioneered by Sony engineer Masaaki Nakagawa, who is in charge of the VAIO TR development Dell Latitude E6400 battery.
The TX series introduced in September 2005 was the first notebook to implement an LED back-lit screen, which provides lower power consumption and greater color reproduction. This technology has been widely adopted by many other notebook manufacturers now. It was also the first to use a 16:9 aspect ratio screen with 1366x768 resolution HP Pavilion dv6000 Battery.
The SZ series was the first to use switchable graphics – the motherboard containing an Intel GMCH (Graphics Memory Controller Hub) featuring its own in-built graphics controller (complete memory hub controller and graphics accelerator on the one die) and a separate NVIDIA graphics accelerator chipset directly interfaced with the GMCH SONY VAIO VGN-FZ Battery.
The GMCH could be used for less power consumption and greater battery life whereas the NVIDIA chipset would be used when greater graphics processing power was needed. A switch is used to toggle between the graphics but required the user to preselect the option before the motherboard could initialize SONY VAIO VGN-FZ18 Battery.
The Z series has recently replaced the SZ series but does not require a restart of the system to change graphic modes on Windows Vista, it can be done on the fly. This feature has subsequently been used by other manufacturers, including Apple, Asus and Alienware SONY VAIO VGN-FZ21E Battery.
The high-end AR Series VAIOs were the first to incorporate a Blu-ray Disc burner. This series was designed to be the epitome of high-definition products including a 1080p capable WUXGA (1920 × 1200 pixels) screen, HDMI output and the aforementioned Blu-ray burner SONY VAIO VGN-FW31J Battery - 5200mAh/7800mAh/10400mAh, 11.10V .
The AR series also includes an illuminated logo below the screen. Blu-ray/HDMI capable models have been the subject of intense promotion since mid-2007, selling with a variety of bundled Blu-ray Discs. The AR series was replaced by the AW series. The AW series incorporates all of these features in a 18.4" 16/9 display SONY VAIO VGN-FW31J Battery - 5200mAh/7800mAh/10400mAh, 11.10V .
Another recent addition to the VAIO series is the TZ model. This new design features a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for rapid boot-ups, quicker application launches and greater durability. If selected, a 250GB Hard Drive may also be included in place of the built-in CD/DVD drive to provide room for additional storage SONY VAIO VGN-FW21E Battery.
For security this model includes biometric fingerprint sensor and Trusted Platform Module. The TZ offers a Built-in highly miniaturized MOTION EYE camera built into the LCD panel for video conferencing. Additional features include the XBRITE LCD, integrated Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) technology and Bluetooth technology SONY VAIO VGN-NR11S/S Battery.
A selection of media centres were added to the VAIO range in 2006. These monitorless units (identified by a product code prefixed by VGX rather than VGN) are designed to be part of a home entertainment system, which typically take input from a TV tuner card, and output video via HDMI or composite video connection to an ideally high-definition television SONY VAIO VGN-NR11M/S Battery.
This range so far includes the XL and TP lines. The VGX-TP line is rather visually unique, featuring a circular, 'biscuit-tin' style design with most features obscured behind panels, rather than the traditional set-top box design SONY VAIO VGN-NR11Z/S Battery.
The VAIO line also features a series of desktop computers, which incorporate motherboard and widescreen LCD monitor into a single unit (in a manner similar to the more recent models of Apple's iMacseries). These are identified by VGC in the product code SONY VAIO VGN-NR11Z/T Battery.
Sony has been criticized for loading its VAIO laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21E Battery.
Dellhad been accused of the same practice, but after strong customer feedback agreed to offer "limited" pre-installed software on its machines.Sony now offers a "Fresh start" option in some regions with some of their business models. With this option, the computer is shipped only with a basic install of Windows and very little of the trial software is installed Sony VAIO VGN-FW21E Battery.
The default webcam software in VAIO notebooks is ArcSoft WebCam Companion. It offers a set of special effects called Magic-i visual effects, through which users can enhance the images and videos taken through the webcam. It also features the face detection featureSony VAIO VGN-NR11S/S Battery.
Certain other Sony proprietary software such as Click to Disc Editor, VAIO Music Box, VAIO Movie Story, VAIO Media Plus are also included in the recent models. Those shipped with ATI Radeon Video cards feature the Catalyst Control Centre, which enables the user to adjust the various video features such as brightness Sony VAIO VGN-NR11Z/S Battery,
contrast, resolution etc., and also enables connecting with an external display.
All personal notebook models come with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. Unlike the business range, XP downgrade options are not available on all models Sony VAIO VGN-NR11M/S Battery.
- AW Series – 18.4" high-end multimedia range, with 1080p resolution screen and SSD options. Replaced the AR series.
- F Series – 16.4" consumer entertainment range. There are options for a Blu-ray disc reader or burner, and an option for a Full HD widescreen Sony VAIO VGN-NR11Z/T Battery.
- The notebook is the second largest in Sony's current range, the first being the VAIO AW series.
- NW Series – A 15.5" entry level laptop for home users. Successor of the NS Series. Includes an HDMI port and a 16:9 display. The higher-end models include a Blu-ray Disc reader SONY VAIO VGN-FZ180E Battery.
- CW Series- A 14" notebook that is customizable compared to the pre-built NW series. Successor to the CS series. Can be customized with up to a Core i5 540M, 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a Blu-ray burner, nVidia graphics and 500 GB hard drive SONY VAIO VGN-FZ220E Battery.
- X Series - An 11.1 " ultraportable that uses the Intel Atom Z550 and has 2 GB of DDR2 SDRAM @ 533 MHz. Not only is this the first computer launched in the United States that uses the 2 GHz Atom Z550, but it is also one of the most expensive computers to use an Intel Atom processor, competing with Sony's own VAIO P Series SONY VAIO VGN-FZ340E Battery.
- P Series – An 8" ultraportable range that uses a Intel Atom CPU Z520-Z550 dependant on model, and has 2 GB of DDR2 SDRAM @ 533 MHz and a 1600x768(UWXGA)
- W Series – A 10.1" sub-notebook (netbook), aimed at a young audience SONY VAIO VGN-FZ430E Battery.
- Available in White, Brown and Pink using a Intel Atom Processor N450, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160 GB HDD, Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Home Basic
Business notebooks (VAIO Professional)
Business notebook models usually come with Windows 7 Professional installed (some higher models feature Windows 7 Ultimate SONY VAIO VGN-FZ460E Battery.
All business models have an XP downgrade option and full driver support).
- TT Series – Ultra portable 11.1" professional notebook. Successor of the TZ Series. The smallest notebook computer to accommodate a Blu-ray Disc drive at 11 inches SONY VAIO VGN-FZ480E Battery.
- Z Series – 13.1" Ultra portable, featuring a 1600 x 900 display an optional 1920 x 1080 (Full High Definition) resolution upgrade and integrated WWAN. (Replaces the high-end models of the SZ Series.)
- SR Series – 13.3" ultraportable, for home and business use. (Replaces the low-end models of the SZ Series.)SONY VAIO VGN-FZ4000 Battery
- BZ Series – Robust business notebooks with Trusted Platform Module and biometric fingerprint security technology. (Replaces the BX Series.) SONY VAIO VGN-FZ31E Battery
- G Series - 11.1" ultra portable notebook employing Trusted Platform Module technology and biometric fingerprint security features. Weighed only 1.1 kg and was made from CFRP and had an ultra thin LED backlit screen. This notebook brought many technologies that are now on mainstream notebooks to the consumer SONY VAIO VGN-FZ31B Battery.
From the second quarter of 2008, all higher end models (AW, FW, Z, SR, TT and BZ) have incorporated a cylindrical spine, with no ports on the back of the computer. Generally, the AC adapter port is located on one end of the cylindrical spine, and the power button on the other SONY VAIO VGN-FZ31J Battery.
Customizable notebooks (configure-to-order)
As of early 2009, Sony offer a customization option on higher-end machines through Sony's high-street and online retail store, Sony Style SONY VAIO VGN-FZ31M Battery.
Customization options include operating system (64-bit rather than 32-bit versions of Windows), RAM, graphics hardware, and in some models, casing. Configure-to-order machines can be distinguished by the fact their 8-digit product code starts with 54 rather than 27 or 28 SONY VAIO VGN-FZ31Z Battery.
- L Series
- LV Series – Full 24" HD LCD display with resolution of 1920x1200 and 16:10 aspect ratio. Blu-ray reader/recorder able to record TV shows on Blu-ray SONY VAIO VGN-FZ38M Battery
- LT Series – 22" display with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a built-in Blu-ray burner
- LN Series – 20.1” X-black LCD display with resolution of 1680x1050 and 16:10 aspect ratio. Blu-ray reader but not recorder SONY VGP-BPS8 Battery
- LM Series – 19" display, TV tuner, built-in 1.3 mega pixel cameras with face-tracking software, 2.1-channel speaker system and sub-woofers. Features an Intel Core2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz), 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB HDD, Windows Vista Home Premium, and NVIDIA graphics SONY VGP-BPS13/S Battery
- L Series - 24" touch screen displaying 1080p resolution. Intel Core 2 Quad, 6GB RAM, Blu-Ray burner, HDMI port, dual TV tuners, 1TB hard drive, 1GB Nvidia graphics and Windows 7 Home Premium.
- JS Series – 20.1" integrated lifestyle desktop available in a variety of colors. The chassis design closely resembles that of the Sony Bravia KDL-19M4000 19" LCD HDTV.
- RT – 25" All-in-one desktop aimed at HD editing SONY VGP-BPS13A/B Battery.
On September 4, 2008, Sony announced a worldwide voluntary product inspection and rework program for TZ-series notebook computers manufactured since June 2007. All model numbers beginning with VGN-TZ1 and VGN-TZ2 were eligible, along with some VGN-TZ3 notebooks SONY VGP-BPS13B/B Battery.
The issue involves "a limited number of units" which could potentially "generate heat around the DC jack inlet and frame of LCD screen, which creates the potential of deformation of the plastic casing" SONY VGP-BPS13A/S Battery.
In the United States, the service offered is generally on-site, whilst in the rest of the world the service typically involves collection of the notebook by a courier, often DHL, for servicing in a Sony repair center. ChannelWeb reports 100,000 have been recalled SONY VGP-BPS13AS Battery.
VGN-CS Series Cooling Fan failure
On 9 October 2009, Sony announced:
On affected VAIO notebook computers, the cooling fan will start to make an unusual noise Dell Inspiron 1320n Battery.
For affected models highlighted in this notice, Sony will offer a free repair service for two years starting from the purchase date.
Concerns regarding Hardware Virtualization
In the past, nearly all Sony VAIO computers have had hardware virtualization technology (VT) disabled at the factory, the exception being the new BZ range Dell Inspiron 1464 Battery,
which uses an Aptio BIOS by American Megatrends, rather than the customized Phoenix BIOS common on older models. However, on November 3, 2009, Sony released the following information on the Vaio-Link.com website:
A number BIOS updates have been released which provide the option to enable VT in the BIOS Dell Inspiron 1564 Battery.
If a VT-enabling bios has been published for your VAIO model, you can find it in the Updates section.
The released BIOS updates were provided for most of the VAIO range, and as expected, it will only list the "Enable VT" option in the BIOS if the CPU supports it Dell Inspiron 1764 Battery.
Lack of Recovery Discs
Sony has designed and produced several models which present the impossibility of creating recovery discs without purchasing an external drive. As Sony does not supply the original recovery discs, a recovery partition is provided which can be accessed by pressing F10 Dell Studio 1450 Battery.
However if the storage media fails, then the partition would be lost. This can present unprecedented issues. e.g. If a customer purchases an American unit and is residing in Australia, the customer cannot obtain recovery discs from Sony unless they are physically on American terra firma Dell Studio 1457 Battery.
Neither Sony Australia or the customer can order recovery discs for units which are purchased in America. Sony Electronics of America only ships parts and accessories to customers with a U.S. credit card billing and shipping addressDell Latitude D610 Battery.
ThinkPadis a brand of laptop computers originally designed, manufactured and sold by IBM that are known for their boxy black design, which was originally modeled after the Japanese Bento box (though the current Edge model deviates from this design)Toshiba NB100 Battery.
Since early 2005, the ThinkPad range has been manufactured and marketed by Lenovo, which purchased the IBM personal computer division. Known for their reliability, quality, durability, and performance, ThinkPads are popular with businesses, corporations, and schools Toshiba Satellite M65 battery;
the ThinkPad has been used in space including being the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station.
IBM introduced the ThinkPad line in 1992. The name "ThinkPad" had roots in IBM's corporate history and culture Toshiba Satellite M60 battery.
Thomas J. Watson, Sr., had first introduced "THINK!" as an IBM slogan in the 1920s. For decades IBM distributed small notepads with the word "THINK" emblazoned on a brown leatherette cover to customers and employees. The name ThinkPad was suggested by IBM employee Denny Wainwright, who had a "THINK" notepad in his pocket Dell Latitude D830 Battery.
The first three ThinkPad models introduced were the 700, 700C, and 700T, which debuted in October 1992. The 700C used the Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system, 25 MHz 486SLC processor, 120 MB hard disk drive, the industry's first 10.4" TFT color display, 2.2 in (56 mm) × 11.7 in (300 mm) × 8.3 in (210 mm) dimension, and 6.5 lb (2.9 kg) weight, cost US$ 4,350 Dell Latitude D620 Battery.
The design of the commercial versions differed significantly from the prototype's keyboard-less tablet design. The bright red TrackPoint, a kind of pointing stick embedded in the keyboard, enabled the notebook to be used on an airline tray table without a mouse Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Battery.
As stated above, an IBM researcher conceived the title "ThinkPad" from a corporate-issued leather-bound pocket notebook with the corporate motto 'Think' embossed on the cover. The name faced disagreements from the IBM corporate naming committee because the nomenclature system for the IBM computers was then numerical Sony VGN-FW11S Battery;
however, the brand name "ThinkPad" was kept as the press showed appreciation for the title. The first ThinkPads were very successful, and soon collected more than 300 awards for design and quality.
The ThinkPad 750 flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope on December 2, 1993 Sony VGN-FW11M Battery.
The ThinkPad 750C's task was to run a NASA test program which determined if radiation inherent in the space environment causes memory anomalies in the 750C or generates other unexpected problems Sony VGN-FW139E/H battery.
Throughout 2006, a ThinkPad A31p was being used in the Service Module Central Post of the International Space Station and seven ThinkPad A31p laptops were in service in orbit aboard the International Space Station. As of early 2010 the Space Station is equipped with 68 ThinkPad A31 computers plus 32 new Lenovo ThinkPad T61p laptops Dell Latitude E5400 Battery.
ThinkPads have been praised for exceptional build quality, system reliability, services and design throughout their decade and a half of presence in the consumer market. The original design was a collaboration between Tom Hardy, corporate head of the IBM Design Program Dell Latitude E4200 Battery,
Italian-based designer Richard Sapper (noted for the design of classic products such as the Tizio lamp for Artemide, office chair for Knoll, kitchenwares for Alessi and ballpoint for Lamy) and Kazuhiko Yamazaki, lead notebook designer at IBM's Yamato Design Center in Japan Dell Inspiron 300M Battery.
Sapper proposed a design inspired by the Sh?kad? bent?, a traditional black-lacquered Japanese lunch box.
The fold-out butterfly keyboard, which appeared in the ThinkPad 701 series, is widely considered a design masterpiece and is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York Dell Vostro A840 Battery.
The ThinkPad 760 series also included an unusual keyboard design; the keyboard was elevated by two arms riding on small rails on the side of the screen, tilting the keyboard to achieve a more ergonomic design.
The 755CV featured another design quirk Dell Studio 1737 battery:
the screen could be separated from the lid, allowing it to be used to project the computer display using an overhead projector, before data projectors were commonplace.
In 2005, the Chinese manufacturer Lenovo purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM in a five-year deal, whereby IBM still helps in the marketing and support of these products Dell Inspiron E1505 battery.
The following are some of the changes that have been made to the ThinkPad line:
Added Magnesium-alloy chassis roll cage to reduce motherboard flex caused by holding the laptop one handed on a corner.
Added Magnesium-alloy lid roll cage for a sturdier lid while replacing the lid material from magnesium-alloy to plastic for better wireless signal reception Dell RM791 battery.
Added Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic to 15 in (380 mm) ThinkPad Models.
Reintroduced a line of Tablet PCs based on the X-series.
Moved the physical location of GPU to the edge of motherboard near hinge to reduce the chance of damage caused by motherboard flex Dell XPS M1530 battery.
Introduced Widescreen displays with the Z-series and added Widescreen to the T-series.
Introduced a lower-priced laptop under the Z-series.
Added rubber cushion to the hard drive tray to reduce vibration and to absorb shock Dell XPS M2010 battery.
Added the Windows key to all 60-series and newer laptops making all the Windows shortcuts possible (although possible before with the keyboard remapping utility).
Official support for Linux on select models.
Added second drainage hole starting with the Z60-series Acer Aspire One battery.
Ported the ThinkPad keyboard into stand-alone keyboards for desktop PCs in PS/2 or USB.
Expanded usage of the ThinkPad brand name to cover the SL-series, based on designs and chassis from the consumer IdeaPad line.
Expanded usage of the ThinkPad brand name to cover the Thinkpad Edge-series, which used a more modern design with island style keyboard Toshiba Satellite P10 Battery.
Added an intercooling mechanism that allows the computer's inner workings to remain cool while in use
Placed vents and a draining mechanism that allows any spilled material to drain through the computer without damaging the keyboard SONY VGN-FZ210CE Battery.
Current product line
This is the current premier line, with all the traditional high-end ThinkPad features available, such as the magnesium alloy rollcage, 7-row keyboard, screen latch, Ultrabay, and ThinkLight. Available in the 14.1" T410, 14.1" thin and light T410s, and 15.6" T510 Dell Precision M70 Battery.
The SL series was originally launched in 2008 as a low-end ThinkPad targeted mainly geared towards small businesses . These lack several of the traditional ThinkPad features, such as the ThinkLight, magnesium alloy roll cage, Ultrabay, and lid latch, and use a 6-row keyboard with a different layout than the traditional 7-row ThinkPad keyboard Toshiba Satellite L305 Battery.
Currently, the 14" SL410 and 15.6" SL510 models are offered. A 13.3" model (SL300) was previously offered, but now discontinued.
The L-series replaced the now defunct R-series, and was basically an SL-series with a docking connector and Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs instead of the Core 2 Duo Toshiba Satellite T4900 Battery.
The chassis is almost identical to the SL-series , and the two lines share the same repair manuals. The L-series as of January 2011 consists of 2 models, the 14" L412 and the 15.6" L512.
The Edge was released early in 2010 as small business and consumer-end machines Toshiba PA3399U-2BRS battery.
The design was a radical departure compared to the traditional black boxy ThinkPad design, with glossy surfaces, rounded corners, and silver trim. They were also offered in red, a first for the traditionally black ThinkPads. Like the SL, this was targeted towards small businesses and consumers Toshiba Satellite A200 Battery,
and lack the roll cage, Ultrabay, lid latch, and ThinkLight of traditional ThinkPads (though the new E420s has a ThinkLight .) This also introduced an island-style keyboard with a significantly different layout. Currently available in 13.3", 14", and 15.6" sizes, with a 12.5" E220s model coming. An 11.6" Edge 11 model is offered, but not available in the United States Toshiba Satellite 1200 Battery.
The X-series is the main ultraportable ThinkPad line, offering a lightweight, highly portable laptop with reasonable performance. The 12" X200-series carries all the high-end ThinkPad features like a ThinkLight, lid latch, 7-row keyboard, and rollcage Toshiba Satellite M300 Battery.
The 11.6" x100e though is all plastic, lacks both the latch and the ThinkLight, and uses a variant of the island keyboard found on the Edge series. It is also offered in red in addition to blue, and white in some countries . Currently, the 11.6" x100e and the 12.1" X201 are available SONY VGP-BPS13A/Q Battery.
The 11.6" x120e is coming, and the future X200-series appear to lack a lid latch and use a 12.5" form factor . Formerly, a 13.3" ultrathin model (X300/X301) was offered, along with a thin 12.1" model (X201s), though both have been discontinued SONY VGP-BPS13A/Q Battery.
The X-series tablet is a variant of the 12" X-series models, with low voltage CPUs and a flip-screen tablet screen. These include the traditional ThinkPad features, and have been noted for using a higher quality AFFS-type screen with better viewing angles compared to the screens used on other ThinkPads SONY VGP-BPS13B/Q Battery.
Currently, the 12.1" X201T model is available, though future models appear to be moving to a 12.5" form factor.
The W-series was introduced in 2008 to replace the p-suffixed performance T-series (e.g. T61p), and are geared towards CAD users, photographers, and others in need of a very high performance system for demanding tasks SONY VGP-BPS13B/Q Battery.
These are high performance workstation models that offer better screens and faster components like quad core CPUs and higher end workstation graphics compared to the T-series, and are the most powerful ThinkPad laptops out there. These retain the ThinkLight, Ultrabay, roll cage, and lid latch found on the T-series SONY VGP-BPS13/Q Battery.
Currently available are the 15.6" W510 and 17.1" W701DS, which offers a small secondary display on the right side. The W701DS is the only Thinkpad currently available in the 17" form factor. The W701DS is also the only currently available Lenovo notebook available with a Wacom digitizer built into the palm rest SONY VGP-BPS13/Q Battery.
A W701 without the dual displays has been offered, but it appears to be discontinued at Lenovo's site as of mid-February 2011.
Traditionally black, ThinkPads have commonly featured magnesium, carbon fiber reinforced plastic or titanium composite cases SONY VGP-BPS21A/B Battery.
The ThinkPad has introduced many innovations, including theTrackPoint pointing device. ThinkLight, an LED keyboard light at the top of the LCD screen, Active Protection System, an accelerometer sensor which detects when a ThinkPad is falling and shuts the hard drive down to prevent damage SONY VGP-BPS21/S Battery,
Roll cage design to eliminate motherboard flex, Biometric fingerprint reader, Client Security Solution, which improves security using a built-in TPM and facilitates deployment in corporate environment, ThinkVantage Technologies suite of computer management applications, and drain holes to help reduce damage to the keyboard and components from accidental spillageSONY VGP-BPS21B Battery.
The ThinkPad X100e is an entry-level ultraportable notebook. The X100e is available in either the standard non-glossy black or red in color. It contains unusual features like the presence of three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, Ethernet LAN port, 4-in-1 card reader, headphone and mic combo jack SONY VGP-BPS21A Battery.
Features an AMD Athlon Neo X2 Single-Core MV-40 (1.60 GHz, 512KB) CPU, support for up to 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 memory. It comes with ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP 128MB graphic cards, 11.6in HD AntiGlare (1,366 x 768-pixels) display and six-cell lithium-ion SONY VGP-BPS21 Battery.
The Japan-only ThinkPad 235 (or Type 2607), is an interesting product because it is a progeny of the IBM/Ricoh RIOS project. Also known as Clavius or Chandra2, it contains unusual features like the presence of three PCMCIA slots and the use of dual camcorder batteries as a source of power Sony VGP-BPS21A/B Battery.
Features an Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz CPU, support for up to 160 MB of EDO memory, and a built-in 2.5 in (64 mm) hard drive with UDMA support. Hitachi markets Chandra2 as the Prius Note 210.
The ultraportable ThinkPad 240 (X, Z) started with an Intel Celeron and went up to the 600 MHz Intel Pentium III Sony VGP-BPS21/S Battery.
In models using the Intel 440BX chipset, the RAM was expandable to 320 MB max with a BIOS update. With a 10.4 in (260 mm) screen and an 18 mm (0.71 in) key pitch (a standard key pitch is 19 mm (0.75 in)). They were also one of the first ThinkPad series to contain a built-in Mini PCI card slot (form factor 3b) Sony VGP-BPS21A Battery.
The 240s have no optical drives and an external floppy drive. An optional extended battery sticks out the bottom like a bar and props up the back of the laptop. Weighing in at 2.9 lb (1.3 kg), these were the smallest and lightest ThinkPads ever made Sony VGP-BPS21 Battery.
The 300-series (300, 310, 340, 350, 360, 365, 380, 385, 390 (all with various sub-series)) was a long-running value series starting at the 386SL/25 processor, all the way to the Pentium III 450. They were lower specified versions of the ThinkPad 700 series, available at a lower price Sony Vaio PCG-5G2L Battery.
An IBM ThinkPad 310ED and a 760ED, both from the 1996-97 era. For their time, they were very mobile, powerful, and durable. The 760ED boasts the unique flip-up keyboard that was standard on all 760 Thinkpads.
Also a new features with Intel (R) Core I'5 and I'7 series was a Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Tablet PC was using for a work, multitasking and more Sony Vaio PCG-5G3L Battery.
The 500-series (500, 510, 560 (E, X, Z), 570 (E)) were the main line of the ultraportable ThinkPads. Starting with the 486SX2-50 Blue Lightning to the Pentium III 500, these machines had only a hard disk onboard. Any other drives were external (or in the 570's case in the ultrabase) Sony Vaio PCG-5J1L Battery.
They weighed in at around 4 lb (1.8 kg) and because of their excellent design are still in use today.
The 600-series (600, 600E and 600X) are the direct predecessors of the T series, and are known for their portability, comfortable keyboard, and sturdy construction Sony Vaio PCG-5K2L Battery.
The 600-series packed a 12.1 in (310 mm) SVGA or a 13.3 in (340 mm) XGA TFT LCD, Pentium MMX, Pentium II or III processor, full-sized keyboard, and optical bay into a package weighing roughly 5 lb (2.3 kg). IBM was able to create this light, fully featured machine by using lightweight but strong carbon fiber composite plastics Sony Vaio PCG-5J2L Battery.
The battery shipped with some 600-series models had a manufacturing defect that left it vulnerable to memory effect and resulted in poor battery life, but this problem can be avoided by use of a third-party battery Sony Vaio PCG-5K1L Battery.
The 700-series (700, 701, 720, 730 (tablet), 750, 755, 760, 765, 770 (many with sub-models)) were the cutting-edge Intel-based ThinkPads. They featured the best screens, largest hard drives and fastest processors available at the time. This was the first successful ThinkPad introduced in 1992 (the first ThinkPad was a tablet PC without a keyboard and a mouse)Sony Vaio PCG-6S2L Battery.
The ThinkPad 800-series (800/820/821/822/823/850/851/860) were unique in that they were based on the PowerPC architecture, rather than the Intel x86 architecture. They all used the PowerPC 603e CPU, at speeds of 100 MHz, or 166 MHz in the 860 model Sony Vaio PCG-6S3L Battery.
The 800 may have used a 603, and it is unclear if the 800 was experimental or not. All units used SCSI 2 instead of IDE hard disks. The units are believed to have all been extremely expensive, as the 850 cost upwards of $12,000. The 800-series can run Windows NT 3.5 (probably 4.0 as well), OS/2, AIX 4.14, SolarisDesktop 2.5.1 PowerPC Edition, and Linux Sony Vaio PCG-6V1L Battery.
The ThinkPad TransNote was a pen-based PC in a laptop. Data could be entered through the keyboard, TrackPoint, paper notepad (with writing sensor below), or the screen via stylus. This ThinkPad expanded on IBM's previous pen based notebooks (360P(E), 730T(E), and 750(P)) Sony Vaio PCG-6W1L Battery.
The A-series was developed as an allround productivity machine, equipped with hardware powerful enough to make it a desktop replacement. Hence it was the biggest and heaviest ThinkPad series at its time, but also had features not even found in a T-series of the same age. The A-series was dropped in favour of the G-series and R-series Sony Vaio PCG-6W2L Battery.
The G-series consisted of only three models, the G40, G41 and G50. Being large and heavy machines, equipped with powerful desktop processors, this line of ThinkPads was consequently specialised in serving as a desktop replacement Sony Vaio PCG-6W3L Battery.
The i-series introduced the ThinkLight and were also the first notebooks equipped with Wireless LAN.
This line of laptops comprised the R40 and the R40e. These had Mobile Celeron, Pentium 4-M or Pentium M processors, depending on sub-variant Sony Vaio PCG-7111L Battery.
Based on the T40-series, this line of laptops includes the R50, R50e, R50p, R51, R51e and R52. This series of laptops is available with fingerprint-readers and uses many components also found in T40-series models, such as batteries, keyboards and planars (system boards) Sony Vaio PCG-7112L Battery.
The R51e and the R52, both based on the T43 system board, are the first R-series laptop to utilize DDR2-memory and include a SATA-controller, however uses only ATA-harddrives Sony Vaio PCG-7113L Battery.
ThinkPad S30 and S31
Japan & Taiwan-only Pentium III model with no CD drive, a 10 in (250 mm) screen, 256 MB Maximum RAM, PCMCIA slot, CF slot, two USB 1.1 ports, Firewire port, RJ11 and RJ45, and a keyboard with English and Japanese shared keys. Battery with built-in stand, long-life 5-hour run Sony Vaio PCG-7133L Battery.
HDD 20 GB upgradeable to 160 GB tested. Some models have built-in WiFi. BIOS are interchangeable in S30 and S31 and tested to work. The latest known BIOS is 1.82.
ThinkPad W Series
A recent line of mobile workstations designed to suit the needs of CAD/CAM users, 3D and Video artists and photographersSony Vaio PCG-7Z2L Battery.
These are the most powerful ThinkPads ever made. The W701DS has two displays - a 17" main LCD and a 10" slide-out secondary LCD. The W701DS is also available with a Wacom digitizer built into the palm rest.
A series of laptops with focus on more mainstream aesthetics Sony Vaio PCG-8Y1L Battery.
This series is the first Thinkpad featuring a keyboard that differs from the classic Thinkpad keyboard, and is also currently the only Thinkpad available in a color other than black. It comes in three different colours: glossy red, glossy black and matte black Sony Vaio PCG-8Y2L Battery.
This is the first ThinkPad laptop to feature a widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) display. The Z-Series is also the first ThinkPad equipped with a titanium lid (on some models). Integrated WWAN and/or webcam also found on some configurations. The series includes, as of 2006, the Z60 (Z60m and Z60t) and Z61 Sony Vaio PCG-8Z1L Battery;
the latter of which is the first Z-Series ThinkPad with Intel "Yonah" Dual Core Technology. The processor supports Intel VT-x; this is disabled in the BIOS but can be turned on thanks to a BIOS update. Running fully virtualised operating systems via Xen or VMware is therefore possible Sony Vaio PCG-8Z2L Battery.
ThinkPad T20 series
Comprising the T20, T21, T22 and T23, these were Mobile Pentium III or Mobile Pentium III-M, sub-5 lb (2.3 kg) class machines. Contained processors ranging from 0.18 micrometre (?m) Mobile Pentium III 650 MHz to 0.13 ?m Mobile Pentium III-M 1.20 GHzSony VAIO PCG-5G2L Battery.
Typically had 14.1 in (360 mm) XGA screens, Ultrabay 2000 optical drives, S3 Savage/IX-MV graphics chip and Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24 sound chips; although variations along the line existed. Introduced the ThinkLight, a LED mounted inside the upper screen lip that illuminates the keyboard (activated with Fn-PgUp, the extreme diagonal keys) Sony VAIO PCG-5G3L Battery;
and titanium-reinforced and rubberized screen lids. Used MiniPCI form factor cards, which could be modem and/or Ethernet. With the T23, an internal WiFi antenna became available, so WiFi miniPCI cards could be used. These models did not contain the active hard drive protection or touchpad pointing device which appeared in later models Sony VAIO PCG-5J1L Battery.
They were clad in black non-slip rubber with embedded glitter. The case lid had tabs along the edge that interlocked with depressions in the lower case when closed, to reduce case flexing. Comparatively more stylish, functional, and rugged machines; and easy to disassemble for repair or upgrades Sony VAIO PCG-5K2L Battery.
The T23 machine, known internally in IBM as the 'Toronto' model, was the first to include Windows XP.
Features include an Intel Mobile Pentium 4 processor ranging from 1.6 GHz to 2.4 GHz. A T30 may accommodate up to a 2.4 GHz processor with the latest BIOS and Embedded Controller upgrades Sony VAIO PCG-5J2L Battery.
Graphics are provided by ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 hardware with 16 MB of discrete video memory, which supports external widescreen resolutions. Users have even reported success with output resolutions of 1,920 × 1,200 via DVI on the optional Port Replicator II docking station, although IBM claims a limit of 1,280 × 1,024 due to a weak TMDS transmitter Sony VAIO PCG-5K1L Battery.
The T30 was available with a 14.1 in (360 mm) screen, with resolutions of 1,024 × 768 and 1,400 × 1,050. DVI video output is available with the optional Port Replicator II docking station, but resolution is officially limited to 1,280 × 1,024 Sony VAIO PCG-5L1L Battery.
Features available include the embedded security subsystem, UltraNav touchpad, 256 MB standard memory (1 GB maximum according to IBM manual, but it has been reported to accept 2 GB of RAM), a 20, 40 or 60 GB hard disk, Ultrabay Plus drive, wireless, and Bluetooth Sony VAIO PCG-6S2L Battery.
The T30 also contains a miniPCI slot usable for a wireless card. The shell is titanium-reinforced composite. The whole package was a bit heavier and thicker than the T4x series.
Includes the T40, T41, T42, T43, and associated pseries (for performance; e.g., T43p) Sony VAIO PCG-6S3L Battery.
A typical 14.1-inch (360 mm) T4x weighs 4.9 lb (2.2 kg), slightly less than the 600-series, and features an Intel Pentium M Processor (ranging from the Intel Pentium M at 1.73 GHz to the Intel Pentium M 770 at 2.13 GHz), a 14.1 or 15-inch (380 mm) LCD (XGA, SXGA+) Sony VAIO PCG-6V1L Battery ,
an integrated GPU (Intel Graphics Media Adapter 900) or a discrete GPU (Radeon 7500, 9000, Fire GL 9000, Fire GL T2, and Fire GL V3200 workstation CAD card that is slower in fullscreen video editing and computer games, and most notably 9600 and x300 which are faster for games) Sony VAIO PCG-6W1L Battery,
and a hard drive ranging in size from 30 to 100 GB with the Active Protection System to protect the hard drive (T41 and later models). p(mobile workstation) models typically offer FireGL CAD graphics, and are also available with a 14 in (360 mm) SXGA+ or a 15 in (380 mm) SXGA+/UXGA FlexView display with wide viewing angle and high density IPS technology Sony VAIO PCG-6W2L Battery.
These 15-inch (380 mm) display models weigh slightly more than their lesser brethren, with optical drive and battery, at 2.7 kg (5.9 lb). One model of T42 also offered IPS SXGA+ 14 in technology. All T4x models use either 6-cell or 9-cell lithium-ion batteries, as well as an optional 3-cell Ultrabay Slim lithium-polymer battery Sony VAIO PCG-6W3L Battery.
The 9-cell battery gives a runtime of 5+ hours and a crease allows the laptop to lay flat on an airplane tray-table. Some T42 and T43 models feature a biometric security system with built-in fingerprint reader. Some models also include Bluetooth support Sony VAIO PCG-7111L Battery.
The T43 model offered DDR2 memory (vs DDR for other T-series machines) but ran hotter and noisier, and so the T42 models were thought to have the best combination of ergonomics and performance. The T40 was IBM's first ThinkPad to use the Pentium M "Banias" CPU Sony VAIO PCG-7112L Battery.
The T42 employed a Pentium M "Dothan" processor with a 400 MHz frontside bus, while the T43 used a later revision of Dothan running a 533 MHz FSB. Lenovo integrated the ExpressCard into ThinkPad T43 in May 2005.
Includes the T60, T61; and associated pseries (for performance; e.g.,. T60p) Sony VAIO PCG-7113L Battery;
intended as the next generation of the T4x Series ThinkPads; this is the first T-Series ThinkPad to include the Intel Core Duo "Yonah" Technology, and later the Intel Core 2 Duo "Merom" Mobile technology; and the first T-series ThinkPads to come in widescreen resolution Sony VAIO PCG-7Z1L Battery.
This model has a VMX-enabled BIOS, meaning that running fully virtualised operating systems via Xen or VMware is possible, provided a VMX compatible CPU is installed. The T61, announced in May 2007, features a widescreen resolution as the default resolution, and incorporates the Intel Santa Rosa platform having a fully 64-bit chipset Sony VAIO PCG-7Z2L Battery.
Like the T60, the T61 also received a CPU core upgrade before its life cycle ended, from "Merom" to "Penryn", both part of the Intel Core 2 Duo line. It is the first T-series ThinkPad to have an integrated web camera (optional), smart card reader (optional), and media card reader (optional) Sony VAIO PCG-8Y1L Battery.
Furthering innovation founded in the T60, the T61 also sports a top-cover roll cage, aside from the magnesium roll cage inside the main chassis. T61 extra features include a fingerprint reader (some models, also available on T60) and a new improved framing (all T61 models) WD passport essential (500GB/640GB).
ThinkPad T400 and T500 series
This series succeeded the T61-series. Some T400 models are available with a thinner chassis and thus have an associated sdesignation (for slimor small; e.g., T400s) and lack some rarely used features such as modems WD passport essential (250GB/320GB).
Notable features include switchable graphics (ability to
T400 and T500 usePenryn core processors and have DDR3 1066 memory by default on all models.
This is high-end model of T400. This is model is the thinest and lightest model in T series. T400s is based on Intel Penryn platform. The most significant hardware change is the layout of the 7-row keyboard with big ESC and DEL keys WD passport elite(250GB/320GB).
ThinkPad T410 and T510 series
The design of setting of this series are based on T400s. This series is based on Intel Calpella platform.
Pentium III Mobile, sub-4 lb (1.8 kg) machines. Contained Pentium III-M processors ranging from 500 MHz to 1.13 GHz. 12.1 in (310 mm) XGA screens, and ATI Rage Mobility M1 (X20, X21) or Radeon Mobility M6 (X22, X23, X24) graphics chipsWD passport elite(500GB/640GB).
Used miniPCI form factor cards, which supports modem and/or Ethernet. With the X22 and later machines, provisions for wireless networking support are built into the chassis. Ultrabay 2000 optical drive support can be fitted via the Ultrabase portable docking station option, and extended batteries can give the series a 5-hour running time.2000$WD passport studio for Mac(320GB/500GB).
Pentium III Mobile (X30), Pentium M Banias (X31) or Pentium M Dothan (X32), 12.1 in (310 mm) XGA screens, dedicated Graphic Chip (ATI M6 with 16 MB, which means no shared memory is cut from the RAM), Bluetooth on some models (upgradable), WLAN (802.11b, b/g or even a/b/g), FireWire, CompactFlash card slot WD passport studio for Mac(500GB/640GB).
No built-in optical drive. Lots of options like second battery, Mediaslice (for battery and UltraBay), port replicators, docking stations (some with a PCI slot).
ThinkPad X40 Series
An example of the lightweight X series, weighing in at 2.7 lb (1.2 kg), 25% lighter than its predecessor, the X31 WD Elements series(250GB/320GB).
The last variant of the X40-series, the X41 Tablet, was the first ThinkPad tablet PCsince the original pen-based ThinkPad. It is the lightest 12 in (300 mm) Tablet PC with a keyboard from any manufacturer. It was also the final released ThinkPad designed by IBM before the brand was purchased by Lenovo WD Elements SE(500GB/640GB).
The X60 is the first X-Series ThinkPad to feature Intel chips using the Intel Core architecture. The Core Duo L2400 (Low Voltage) CPU on the X60s model achieves 7+ hours of battery life on standard benchmarks, and can reach around 10 hours under light use, when using the extended-life battery WD Elements SE(750GB/1TB).
Note this model lacks a built-in optical drive, unlike the larger T60. The X61, like the T61, also is the first X-series ThinkPad to use Intel's Santa Rosa platform and to be available with a 3G WWAN option. This series includes the Thinkpad Reserve Edition, a 5,000-model limited edition laptop designed for executive class professionals WD Elements desktop(500GB/640GB).
It was clad in hand-stitched leather, and came with a three-year 24/7 service warranty.
Codenamed "Kodachi". Released February 26, 2008. Distinguished from other ultraportable laptops by its usage of LED backlighting, removable battery,solid state drive, and integrated DVD burner, it is the flagship model for the X-series WD Elements desktop(750GB/1TB).
The ThinkPad X300 used the small form factor Intel GS965 chipset, instead of the standard GM965 along with Intel Core 2 Duo L7100 low voltage CPU with only 12 W TDP. Its successor, the ThinkPad X301 uses the IntelCentrino 2 mobile platform with GS45 chipset and an ultra low voltage CPU WD Elements desktop(1.5 TB/2TB).
It also integrates GPS, WWAN, and a webcam in the top lid. The thickest part of the laptop is 0.92 in (2.3 cm) and the thinnest part is 0.73 in (1.9 cm).
Successor to the X60-series, the ThinkPad X200 laptop leverages the new technology from the X300, including the options of a Solid State Drive (SSD), an optional integrated camera, 12.1" widescreen display WD passport essential SE (750GB/1TB)--USB 3.0 ,
optional 3G WWAN, a new 9-cell battery for extended running time up to 9.8 hours, weight as low as 2.95 lb (1.34 kg), and CPU up to 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. The X200sis a newer model of the X200 which is lighter and thinner, and has the option of a WXGA+ screen with LED Backlighting for increased battery performance. The X200 series included Tablet PC models WD passport essential (500GB/640GB).
Thinkpad X100e series
An entry level ultraportable Thinkpad with an AMD Athlon Neo processor and AMD Vision Pro graphics. The X100e is available in either the standard non-glossy black or red in color WD passport for Mac(320GB/500GB).
It contains unusual features like the presence of three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, Ethernet LAN port, 4-in-1 card reader, heaphone and mic combo jack. CPU options are the AMD Athlon Neo Single-Core MV-40 1.60 GHz, AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual-Core L335 1.60 GHz, and AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core L625 1.60 GHz WD passport for Mac(640GB/1TB).
Support for up to 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 memory. It comes with ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP 128MB graphic cards, 11.6in HD AntiGlare (1,366 x 768-pixels) display and six-cell lithium-ion.
Both IBM- and Lenovo-made ThinkPads have been recognized by the press for their reliability My book essential 4 generation (640GB/1TB).
Laptop Magazinestates that the ThinkPad has the highest-quality laptop computer keyboard available.The ThinkPad was ranked #1 in reliability and support according to PC Magazine's 2007 Survey. The Lenovo ThinkPad is the PC Magazine 2006 Reader's Choice for PC based laptops, and ranked number 1 in Support for PC based laptops WD My book essential 4 generation( 1.5TB/2TB).
The ThinkPad Series is the first product line that has received PC World's Hall of Fame award. The ThinkPad X Tablet-series is PC Magazine Editor's Choice for tablet PCs. The 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) ThinkPad X60s is ranked number 1 in ultraportable laptops by PC World. It lasted 8 hours and 21 minutes on a single charge with its 8-cell battery WD My book elite( 1TB/1.5TB).
The Lenovo ThinkPad X60s Series is on PC World's Top 100 Products of 2006. The 2005 PC World Reliability and Service survey ranked ThinkPad products ahead of all other brands for reliability. In the 2004 survey, they were ranked second (behind eMachines) WD My book studio(1TB/2TB).
Lenovo was named the most environment-friendly company in the electronics industry by Greenpeace in 2007 but has since dropped to place 14 of 17 as of October 2010. Lenovo ThinkPad T60p received the Editor's Choice award for Mobile Graphic Workstation from PC Magazine WD My book essential 4 generation( 1.5TB/2TB).
Lenovo ThinkPad X60 is the PC Magazine Editor's Choice among ultra-portable laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad T400-Series is on PC World's Top 100 Products of 2009.
Users who have previously been using a desktop computer or other notebook brands or are using external keyboards while stationary or own or support other brands criticize Lenovo's choice of Fn andCtrl key placement WD My book elite(640GB/2TB).
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