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  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review

    For weeks now, Lenovo aficionados have been salivating. Thanks to a series of leaks, more than a few of you have been awaiting the ThinkPad X1, the skinny, girlfriend-proof follow-up to the company’s vaunted X series. One problem: it didn’t officially exist. Well, the jig is up, and the X1 is at last a real, whirring product, on sale tomorrow with a starting price of $1,349. As expected, it marries that iconic red nub and rock-solid construction with some flourishes you haven’t yet seen on a ThinkPad, including a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass display, integrated, fast-charging battery, Dolby Sound, and a buttonless trackpad. And, as you may have gathered from those leaked shots, it’s the slimmest ThinkPad yet, measuring just 16.5mm (0.65 inches) at its thinnest point.

    Throw in Intel Core 2011 processor options and you’ll see Lenovo has made one lofty promise: a svelte system that performs like a heavyweight and whose design is modern, but not too much of a departure from the classic ThinkPad uniform. So how close does the X1 come to living up to these towering claims? Let’s find out.

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    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 May 2011 17:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Lenovo’s ultraslim ThinkCentre 91z All-in-One gets official, starts at $699

    Anyone lucid during the past 24 hours won’t be particularly shocked to see the arrival of Lenovo’s slick new all-in-one — though the thing is officially becoming official a day before originally anticipated. Not surprisingly, the company’s really playing up aesthetics with the ThinkCentre Edge 91z, calling it the thinnest AIO, at 2.5 inches — and certainly its thinner than, say, the HP TouchSmart 610. The centerpiece of the system is that glossy 21.5-inch widescreen HD Infinity LED display, which is capable of playing back HD video video at 1920 x 1200 with ease.

    The system ships with an optional spill-proof wireless keyboard, featuring the familiar chiclet design we’ve seen in recent Edge model notebooks, and while the omission of Lenovo’s customary pointing stick certainly feels glaring, the bright red clickwheel on the Edge wireless mouse makes up a bit for that loss. The 91z also packs built-in speakers, a 2MP webcam, six USB ports, Windows 7, and a 6-in-1 card reader.

    At the high end, you’ll get an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, AMD Radeon HD6650A 1GB graphics, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and either a 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA HDD or an 80GB mSATA SSD — either way, Lenovo says the system boots 30 percent quicker than “non-optimized” systems, though the latter promises to have you up and running in a breezy 20 seconds. It’ll begin shipping in June, with pricing starting at $699. Press release after the break.

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  • $4,000 Leica lens split in two, sold on eBay as $1,000 piece of art

    Discontinued products typically dip in value, but such is not the case with Leica lenses — unless they’re sawed in half. Leica students had an opportunity to “make” cutaways of two Leica lenses as part of a graduation project. A discontinued Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm (valued at about $4,500 when fully functional) and a 50mm f/1.4 Summilux (about $3,700) were split, exposing various layers of glass and metal. Now forever unable to capture images of their own, all four halves were photographed, and the tri-focal lens was sold for $995 on eBay, complete with original box — which, unlike its contents, appears to be in like-new condition. We were probably at home playing Frogger when Kermit went under the knife in biology, but we would have definitely had a perfect attendance record in any class that involved brushing camera equipment across a circular saw.

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