SAY LENOVO to most geeks and its iconic ThinkPad range of laptops immediately springs to mind. But the Chinese electronics heavyweight is no one-trick pony, as was evident at the Tech Life event it hosted in Johannesburg this past week, where it showed off a slew of innovative technology that included virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets, cameras and games.
There’s far too much to say, so I’ll focus on my favourites – Including ThinkPad, arguably the most droolworthy version of this portable computing icon Lenovo’s released to date.
1. ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Road warriors rejoice. At last there’s a laptop both tough, light and powerful enough to take with on demanding travels, whether it’s a humanitarian mission to a disaster zone or a hostile corporate takeover.
Its military-spec testing means it can withstand extremes of heat and cold (Lenovo showed it off perched on ice) while 8th Gen Intel Core processors, integrated gigabit wi-fi support for up to four monitors makes it a productive, multitasking beast.
Security features include a nifty shutter to cover the web cam, facial recognition and a fingerprint reader. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is available in South Africa with a starting retail price of R36 999.
2. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges This collaboration between Disney and Lenovo was the most fun kit on show. It comprises a Lenovo Mirage AR headset, tracking beacon and one of the most realistic replica lightsabres I’ve seen outside a movie set.
The game introduces a new Star Wars character, the Archivist, who instructs players and guides them on their journey and ways of The Force. Engage in thrilling lightsabre battles, strategic combat and that old favourite of Chewbacca’s, holochess.
SA availability and pricing weren’t available at time of going to print. 3. Yoga C930
I’ve long been a fan of Lenovo’s aptly named Yoga range of sleek laptops that bend themselves into a variety of useful poses depending on whether you want to type an email, watch a movie or use it as a tablet, and the C930 is the best yet.
Powered by 8th Gen Intel Core processors and crafted from premium aluminium, this Yoga also boasts a Dolby Atmos speaker system in the rotating sound bar as well as a cleverly concealed “garage” to park and charge a digital pen.
The Yoga C930 starts at R29 999.
4. Legion Y730
How about a laptop with the graphics processing grunt, superfast, multicoloured backlit keyboard, cooling and other features to make it a gaming goliath, yet is lightweight, attractive and nondescript enough to fly under the boss’ radar?
Enter the Y730 from Lenovo’s gaming brand, Legion. Made of aluminium and anodised in a sophisticated iron grey, it has ultrathin borders around its full HD IPS display and, in some models, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPUs, 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Windows 10. Lenovo says it’s the world’s first gaming laptop with a Dolby Atmos speaker system with Dolby Sound Radar for immersive sound – PC speakers or headphones.
The Lenovo Legion Y730 has a starting retail price of R30 000 in SA.