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CES 2015 | Lenovo unveils updated ThinkPad T, L, and E notebook series

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced new notebooks in the Thinkpad E, L, and T series. The new Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks are all based on the Broadwell CPU architecture, Intel's fifth Core processor generation.

The two new models in Lenovo's entry-level Thinkpad E series are the E450 and E550. The Thinkpad E450 comes with a 14-inch display, while the E550 comes with a slightly larger 15.6-inch display. Customers can choose between an HD-class resolution (13600 by 769 pixels) or a new fullHD (1920 by 1080 pixels) option. Aside from the difference in screen size, the E450 and the E550 come with roughly the same hardware. For extra gaming capabilities, interested customers can pick up a version with an AMD Radeon graphics card. Other features include an optional 3D real sense camera, as well as compatibility with Lenovo's OneLink dock. The two notebooks will be priced starting at $600.

Moving a step up in the ThinkPad hierarchy, we meet the new L450 notebook. The laptop is characterized by a more stable housing, as well as added business and security features. Although the ThinkPad L450 comes with a better build than the notebooks in the ThinkPad E series, the notebook's housing is actually both thinner and lighters compared to its predecessor, the ThinkPad L440. The basic model comes with an HD TN display, but customers can alternatively opt for a FullHD IPS panel. The L450 will be priced starting at $700.

The new ThinkPad T models from Lenovo are the elite of "standard" Thinkpad notebooks. The 14-inch T450 weighs 1.8 kilograms, while the 15.6-inch T550 tips the scales at 2.3 kilograms. Compared to their respective predecessors, that's a 15 percent weight reduction. The T450 comes with three display configurations: one is a pretty basic 1366 by 768 display, the other is a high-res 1600 by 900 display, and the top version comes with a 1600 x 900 touchscreen display. The ThinkPad T550 comes with even more screen options, ranging from a basic HD panel to a 3K touchscreen display. The T450 starts at $850, while the T550 starts at $1000.

The top model is the ThinkPad T450s, a 14-inch Business Ultrabook. The T450s housing is made out of carbon fiber, a strong but light material which allows for a total weight of just 1.6kg. The display options range from a 1600 by 900 panel to a fullHD touch-enabled panel. Although this is a thin and light Ultrabook, the ThinkPad T450s comes with a lot of connectors: VGA, mini-DisplayPort, USB, and an SD card reader. The basic model will be priced at $1100.

All of the new ThinkPad models will be released in the US in February.

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Mihai Andrici, 2015-01- 5 (Update: 2019-04-30)