Lenovo, who bought personal computer production business from IBM in 2005, reverently honours heritage of the manufacturing giant. Even today, we can see a lot of original IBM Think design solutions, trademarks, style and other features in Lenovo’s products. Moreover, Lenovo regularly celebrates each anniversary with a special edition of their notebooks. This year wasn’t an exception.
It was October 1992, 25 years ago, when IBM released ThinkPad 700C. There is no doubt that IBM ThinkPad family was and in some cases still is exemplary business notebooks. They produce the notebook that was first to travel to space, the first to use carbon fibre body, the first to use server processor (PowerPC 603e), and the first achieve many other things. The reputation of a ThinkPad is truly legendary. Inspired by this device Lenovo releases an anniversary edition based on ThinkPad T470 but having modifications in its construction to give it a retro look. Can this retro-looking device be still relevant today? Let’s look inside.
There is no trace of retro on the inside: a 14-inch 16:9 1920 x 1080 screen, latest generation Intel i7-7500U processor with 4 MB cache and frequency of 2.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 940 MX graphics, 16 GB DDR4 memory, and 512 GB solid state drive. On the sides, we can find USB 3.0 Type-A and Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet connections.
It is on the expensive side, around £1500, yet not that expensive as one of the previous anniversary editions that were £4000. With such price tag, the device may pose serious competition to Apple. ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is released in limited amounts and only in selected countries.