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Grow Your Business Technology

New Lenovo ThinkPad Models Are Ready for Business

New Lenovo ThinkPad Models Are Ready for Business
Credit: Lenovo

Lenovo's ThinkPad line of notebooks has always been top of the line for business users. Now, ThinkPads are even better for business-class computing.

Lenovo announced this week at CES that it has revamped its ThinkPad notebooks with faster speeds, improved designs and even more portability. In addition to a slimmer, lighter and faster ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Lenovo has upgraded its ThinkPad T Series and the ThinkPad X250.

Here's what we know so far about Lenovo's ThinkPad T-Series and ThinkPad X250 upgrades, and what makes them even better notebooks for business. [Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015: Is It Good for Business?]

ThinkPad T Series 

The lighter, the better. If you thought the ThinkPad T440 and T550 were still on the heavy side, you'll be happy to learn that the devices now weigh 4 lbs. and 5 lbs., respectively — 15 percent less than their predecessors. The T550 is heavier because of its larger screen, for which you have a choice of either a 15.6-inch or 15.5-inch 2880 x 1620-pixel high-resolution display.

In addition, the 14-inch ThinkPad T440s has now been upgraded to the T450s. Although not much has changed with this device — it still weighs 3.5 lbs., and options include a full-HD touch screen — the biggest differences are the new, faster, more powerful Broadwell processor and the return of TrackPoint buttons.

ThinkPad X250 

Need an ultraportable notebook? The 12.5-inch ThinkPad X250 measures an ultraslim 0.8 inches thick and weighs just 2.88 lbs. 

Like the T Series, the X250 is now equipped with Intel's fifth-generation Broadwell processor, which means faster speeds and even more power to run even the most demanding business apps. 

This boost in power doesn't mean you have to sacrifice battery life, either. The ThinkPad X250 already has one of the longest battery lives of notebooks in its class — a whopping 20 hours on a single charge — and Broadwell's power-conserving CPU, combined with Lenovo's dual-battery Power Bridge system, means your X250 will have even more juice to last you during business hours and beyond. 

Cost and availability 

The ThinkPad T440, T450 and T550 will all be available in February. Prices start at $849, $1,099 and $999, respectively.

The ThinkPad X240 will also be available in February and will have a starting price of $1,149.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.