Lenovo has now announced that the following eight ThinkPads have been designated by Lenovo for use in semi-rugged environments, as well as various field conditions:
– Lenovo ThinkPad X200
– Lenovo ThinkPad X200s
– Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet
– Lenovo ThinkPad X301
– Lenovo ThinkPad T400
– Lenovo ThinkPad T500
– Lenovo ThinkPad R400
– Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
The X200 series is Lenovo’s first widescreen 12″ ultraportables in the ThinkPad X series line; the X301 is a 13.3-inch widescreen, as is the SL300. The T400 and R400 are 14″ laptops, and the T500 is a 15″ laptop.
This is surprising in that usually when laptop manufacturers try to meet certain military or field specifications (utility work, construction sites, law enforcement), they offer a special model/version, with various changes from their normal line. As the press release points out however, these ThinkPads come with protection for the hard drive, as well as a sturdier chassis and display than some.
Lenovo Puts ThinkPad Laptops to the â€œTough Testâ€: Meets Military Specs for Semi-Rugged Computing
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC â€“ February 24, 2009: Lenovo today announced that it is designating eight ThinkPad laptops for use in field and vehicle semi-ruggedized computing environments such as in public safety, utilities, construction and the military. The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 laptops meet a barrage of military specifications tests and are enhanced with specially-designed durability features such as an air-bag like protection system and a roll cage in select models. Because field computing requires excellent screen viewability, Lenovo is also adding a new optional 680-nit high brightness panel to its most popular laptop, the ThinkPad T400 laptop.
â€œThinkPad is well known for quality, reliability and innovative security technologies for business computing,â€ said Tom Ribble, executive director, Worldwide ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo. â€œThe truth is weâ€™ve always built tough laptops that can weather extreme conditions from hiking the rainforests of the Amazon to flying in space. You donâ€™t need a PC that looks like a tank to excel in harsh environments, and unlike many of our competitors, we donâ€™t put an extra charge on toughness.â€