One of the best press events during CES is Digital Experience, which is put on by Pepcom. Pepcom really brings together a lot of companies for a great event. This year the theme for the event was “Safari” and they pulled it off quite well with great food, a safari atmosphere, and of course all of the latest gadgets. Read on to see which companies we checked out at this year’s Digital Experience!
Lenovo had quite a few new things going on this year. Let’s first start on the ThinkPad side with the ThinkPad Edge. If you are familiar with ThinkPad’s the Edge really does not look like a ThinkPad at all. Lenovo has changed things up with a more aesthetically pleasing design to the Edge to fit small business applications. So the Edge will come in black, glossy black, and red.
Another first for ThinkPad’s is Lenovo will be offering the Edge in both AMD and Intel versions. The AMD version will be using NEO X2 processors. One thing that did surprise me was that Lenovo did change the keyboard on this ThinkPad. The new keyboard design feels much like the beloved old design but allows for larger keys. Also this is not a stripped down ThinkPad it has the ThinkVantage suite and active hard drive protection that you are used to seeing on ThinkPads. The Edge is available now for $549 for the 13-inch, 14 and 15-inch models will be available in March.
Another ThinkPad that caught our eye was the X100E, which is the smallest ThinkPad at only 11.6-inches. While this may look like a netbook, it is more than that using AMD’s NEO processors it is much more powerful than its counterparts. This is Lenovo’s first ever sub $500 ThinkPad coming it at $449.
On the IdeaPad side Lenovo had one of the coolest thing’s I’ve seen in a while. The idea behind the U1 hybrid is that you can have a single notebook that has 2 OS’s and 2 CPU’s that will offer greater flexibility. You can simply switch from clamshell mode by removing the screen to have a fully functional tablet. The tablet is run on a Qualcomm ARM Snapdragon processor. Lenovo say’s this unit will cost around $999 at launch.
Lenovo could not forget about netbooks and they really have a great netbook in the Skylight. The Skylight is a small 10.1-inch unit that is running a 1Ghz ARM II processor. Lenovo is running a custom version of Linux that basically runs apps and it looks and works great. The system has 20GB of flash memory integrated 3G connectivity. One really cool thing about the device is the pull out flash drive. The Skylight is available for $499.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.