New ThinkPads have arrived. Lenovo has unleashed a batch of business notebooks spanning its R, T, X, and W ThinkPad series, and they're all based on Core 2 processors and 45-series chipsets snatched straight from Intel's new Centrino 2 platform.
The most interesting member of the new lineup may very well be the ThinkPad X200 (pictured here on the right), a 12.1" ultraportable laptop that starts at $1,434. This 2.95-pound (1.34-kg) notebook has a 1280x800 screen resolution, a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, 1GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, an 80GB hard disk drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and a four-cell battery in its default configuration. Users can pay extra for a faster CPU, bigger hard drives, a 64GB solid-state drive, 802.11n, wireless WAN, and six- or nine-cell batteries.
Lenovo's refreshed ThinkPad lineup also includes ThinkPad R400 and ThinkPad R500 systems, which start at a respective $1,005 and $1,178, and the ThinkPad T400 and ThinkPad T500, which start at $1,130 and $1,159. The "400" in the model number denotes a 14.1" panel, while the "500" means a 15.4" screen size. By default, all four systems have the same specs as the X200, except that the "500" models feature six-cell batteries. T-series ThinkPads are typically thinner and lighter than their R-series counterparts.