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    Review: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Z13 is a bit weird, but Ryzen 6000 is fantastic / ArsTechnica · Monday, 5 September - 11:45 · 1 minute

Lenovo's ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1.

Enlarge / Lenovo's ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Specs at a glance: Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1
Display 13.3-inch 1920×1200 touchscreen (170 PPI)
OS Windows 11 Home
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U (eight cores)
RAM 16GB LPDDR5 6400 (soldered)
GPU AMD Radeon 680M
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD
Networking Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 51.5 Wh
Ports Two USB 4.0 Type-C
Size 7.86 x 11.59 x 0.55 inches (200 x 295 x 13.99 mm)
Weight 2.78 lbs (1.26 kg)
Warranty 1-year
Price as reviewed $1,852

From the basic, boring E-series to the premium X-series , Lenovo's ThinkPads rarely surprise you with their designs. By and large, they are intentionally unremarkable, with straightforward (and sometimes boxy) frames and unassuming black finishes.

So when Lenovo departs from this basic template, as it has for the new ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1 , it's worth talking about. The Z13 is recognizable as a ThinkPad, but it has eccentric flourishes like brushed gold accents and a vegan leather lid. There's also a less-flashy gray aluminum version, if a business laptop with gold accents and vegan leather feels less "stylish" and more "dad's midlife crisis" to you.

Hands-down the most impressive thing about the Z13 is its Ryzen 6000 CPU and integrated Radeon GPU. I began testing the Z13 at around the same time as I was being underwhelmed by the 12th-generation Intel processors in the Framework Laptop and Lenovo's own X1 Carbon Gen 10, and the Ryzen CPU is just better than Intel's by just about any conceivable metric. But my reaction to the laptop that has been built around this chip is more reserved.

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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 review: A fast-but-flawed version of a great laptop / ArsTechnica · Friday, 26 August - 15:38 · 1 minute

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10.

Enlarge / Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Specs at a glance: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
Display 14.0-inch 1920×1200 touchscreen (162 PPI)
OS Windows 11 Pro
CPU Intel Core i7-1260P (4 P-cores, 8 E-cores)
RAM 16GB LPDDR5 5200 (soldered)
GPU Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD
Networking Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Battery 57 Wh
Ports Two Thunderbolt 4, two 5Gbps USB-A, HDMI 2.0b, headphones
Size 8.76×12.43×0.6 inches (222.5×315.6×15.36 mm)
Weight 2.48 lbs (1.12 kg)
Warranty 1-year
Price as reviewed $1,891

Dell's XPS 13 has been the pace car for the Windows side of the thin-and-light laptop race for years now, ever since it adopted the now-ubiquitous ultra-thin display bezel back in 2015 . Dell was also a step ahead of the competition a couple of years ago when it moved to a slightly taller screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, further improving the design's usability without increasing its size.

But for power users who can afford to spend a few hundred extra dollars, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon has always been an appealing upsell. It's a little lighter than Dell's ultraportable, but it nevertheless manages to fit in a bigger screen and a better port selection. Lenovo's laptop keyboards and trackpads are almost always best in class. And the ThinkPad's pedigree as a business laptop means that the Carbon's design still makes nods to repairability and upgradability, even if many of its internal components have still been soldered down to save space.

This year's version of the X1 Carbon —we're up to Gen 10, if anyone's counting—doesn't change much on the outside. But it includes new 12th-generation Intel Core processors, which, as we've seen in other laptops , can be a blessing and a curse. Performance in CPU-heavy tasks can be faster, sometimes dramatically so. But it comes at the expense of extra heat and less battery life, and that's a tough trade-off to recommend for a general-use ultraportable.

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    Pluton, Microsoft’s new security chip, will finally be put to the test / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 22:15

Promotional image of new laptop computer.

Enlarge (credit: Lenovo )

In November 2020, Microsoft unveiled Pluton, a security processor the company designed to thwart some of the most sophisticated types of hack attacks. On Tuesday, AMD said it would integrate the chip into its upcoming Ryzen CPUs for use in Lenovo's ThinkPad Z Series of laptops.

Microsoft already used Pluton to secure Xbox Ones and Azure Sphere microcontrollers against attacks that involve people with physical access opening device cases and performing hardware hacks that bypass security protections. Such hacks are usually carried out by device owners who want to run unauthorized games or programs for cheating.

Now, Pluton is evolving to secure PCs against malicious physical hacks designed to install malware or steal cryptographic keys or other sensitive secrets. While many systems already have trusted platform modules or protections such as Intel’s Software Guard Extensions to secure such data, the secrets remain vulnerable to several types of attacks.

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    Review: Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is a powerful laptop with heat problems / ArsTechnica · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 11:35 · 1 minute


Enlarge / Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 4. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The term “desktop replacement” is a bit out of fashion as a descriptor for laptops these days, if only because fewer people have desktop computers they’re trying to replace. But I struggle to think of a better term for something like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme , currently in its 4th generation.

Where other workstation-y laptops like Dell’s XPS 15 have dropped ports and offer only limited GPU options in an effort to slim down and become more mobile, the X1 Extreme still comes with a healthy selection of ports (both in number and variety) and offers GPUs all the way up to Nvidia’s RTX 3080. Its 16-inch screen is also subtly but noticeably larger than the 15.6-inch panels you’ll find in other laptops with similar speeds and weights.

(If you’re buying an X1 Extreme Gen 4, you could also check out the Lenovo P1 Gen 4 , which is a workstation-branded version of an essentially identical laptop with Nvidia A- and T-series workstation GPUs in most models rather than RTX-series consumer GPUs. If you can get a P1 for cheaper than a comparable X1 Extreme, it’s a safe trade to make.)

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    The T700 motherboard is a crowd funded modern drop-in replacement board for the Thinkpad T60/T61 range of laptops

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 28 November, 2021 - 13:40

The thing is, even the best hardware eventually becomes obsolete when it can no longer run modern software: with a 2.0 GHz Core Duo and 3 GB of RAM you can still browse the web and do word processing today, but you can forget about 4K video or a 64-bit OS. Luckily, there’s hope for those who are just not ready to part with their trusty Thinkpads. Xue Yao has designed a replacement motherboard that fits the T60/T61 range, bringing them firmly into the present day. The T700 motherboard is currently in its prototype phase, with series production expected to start in early 2022, funded through a crowdfunding campaign.

What is not clear, though, is whether it will actually be Windows 11 compatible.


#technology #hardware #thinkpad #T700 #motherboard

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    This is where Movim is made GEAR

    Timothée Jaussoin · Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 19:29 edit

Just a small picture of my desk.

I'm writting the Movim sourcecode since 2013 on this #Thinkpad T430. It's a wonderful computer that I'm planning to keep as long as possible. A really nice keyboard, replaceable battery, 1Tb of SSD, Full HD IPS screen, 8Gb of RAM… and a nice dock to easily switch to a triple FullHD screens setup.

Everything is running on #Debian Testing with #XFCE 💕

It's also funny to see what you can do today with a small setup like that.

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  • 21 September, 2021 Timothée Jaussoin

    I moved to 12Gb or RAM recently :p

  • 28 September, 2021 purplesky

    Thank you Timothee for everything. From a ThinkPad user in Indonesia.

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    Lenovo updates ThinkPad lineup with 16:10 screens and more / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 19:38

Today, Lenovo announced a broad overhaul of its ThinkPad laptop lineup, led by the popular X13 and X13 Yoga.

Lenovo has added many features previously seen in its X1 Nano model to various other laptops across the ThinkPad line. Among those is a continuing shift to 16:10 displays, which most productivity users will greatly appreciate compared to the more media-focused 16:9 aspect ratio found in recent prior models.

There's also human presence detection; the laptops use a radar sensor to detect when you're sitting down in front of them, and wake up from sleep accordingly. And of course, like so many similar laptops in this day and age, you can get these machines with fingerprint readers built into the power buttons now.

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    Le clavier externe ThinkPad de Lenovo, une valeur sure / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 30 April, 2020 - 08:00 · 1 minute

Beaucoup de professionnels ne jurent que par les ordinateurs portables de la gamme ThinkPad , anciennement chez IBM et depuis quelques années chez Lenovo . Pourquoi ? Tout simplement parce qu’ils sont connus pour être super résistant au temps et qu’on peut vraiment l’utiliser dans toutes les conditions. Mais ce n’est pas tout, si tout le monde n’est pas forcément d’accord, les ordinateurs ThinkPad restent les seuls à proposer un trackpoint, en plus d’un trackpad. Du coup, couplé à l’excellente ergonomie du clavier dont la réputation n’est plus à faire, certains ne jurent que par ce duo.

Lenovo l’avait compris et proposait déjà un clavier externe reprenant ses deux technologies phares. Profitant du Printemps, le constructeur chinois vient d’annoncer l’arrivée dans le commerce (il avait été présenté au CES 2020 ) d’une nouvelle version, le ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II reprend à peu de choses près les caractéristiques de son prédécesseur mais avec les petites mises à jour qu’on a pu voir sur les derniers ordinateurs portables ThinkPad . Toujours Bluetooth ou sans-fil via un petit dongle USB, la nouvelle version accueille un port USB-C pour la recharge, ce qui sera toujours mieux que le port Micro-USB du prédécesseur. A noter une version filaire déjà disponible et pour nous autres français, la version AZERTY ne devrait pas tarder à arriver.

Comptez un peu moins de 100 euros sur le site de Lenovo .