Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Notebooks Get Ivy Bridge and Thunderbolt
Lenovo has included three new ThinkPad Edge models. The first one is the S430, which has an 0.8-inch thickness that’s almost close with ultrabooks. It is built on Ivy Bridge processors and is one of the first Windows PCs with Thunderbolt, providing very high speed storage and displays on one cable. The system can come with either a DVD burner or a second hard drive that allows up to 1TB of storage. It can also carry optional NVIDIA graphics, but it always comes with Dolby Home Theater v4 audio as well as USB 3.0 ports. Lenovo is counting on a semi-new “book” hinge much like Apple’s designs to improve the sturdiness and looks.
Mid-range Edge buyers, on the other hand, can choose between the 14-inch E430 or the 15-inch E530. They should also have the book hinge design, but they should have blue and red color options and more variety in processors as well. Both can use Ivy Bridge, but the E435 and E535 sub-variants will run on AMD Fusion chips to maintain low prices while keeping reasonably fast video. Other options may include either solid-state drives or 1TB of storage, with an option for unnamed dedicated graphics.
The new ThinkPad Edge and B-series notebooks won’t arrive for some time due to the wait for Ivy Bridge. The E-series and B-series will appear in April for $549 and $399 each. S430 buyers will have the longest wait, holding until June when the higher-end system ships for $749.