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Lenovo's new laptops rock clean Win 10, next-gen storage

Lenovo's new Microsoft Signature laptops rock clean Windows 10 install, Intel's new Optane 3D storage technology

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 29, 2016 @ 0:30 CST

Lenovo are teasing the future of their laptops ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with an entire lineup of new and refreshed laptops rocking Kaby Lake processors, and more.


We have the totally new ThinkPad Yoga 370 2-in-1 convertible, refreshed T-Series (T470, T570, T470s, and T470p) and L-Series (L470 and L570) models, the new X270, and an updated version of the ThinkPad 13.

What to expect from Lenovo's new laptops:

  • Microsoft Signature: All ThinkPads comes loaded out of the box with the Microsoft Signature Image (clean install, no bloatware).
  • Precision TouchPad: Microsoft's PTP standard supported across all devices.
  • USB-C 'Anti-Fry' Protection: Systems with USB-C have equipped with protection circuit to protect from improperly designed/malfunctioning USB-C power supplies.
  • dTPM 2.0 security support: Universal implementation of discrete TPM 2.0.
  • ThinkPad Intelligent diagnostic codes: Intelligent Diagnostics with musical tones from notebook interpreted by companion smartphone app.
  • Intel Optane Performance: Non-volatile storage medium in the PCIe M.2 format for significant improvements in endurance, performance, and power consumption.

Things to take away from Lenovo's new laptops:

  • Microsoft Signature edition is a big deal, especially for Lenovo. Lenovo has said that all ThinkPads will have a clean install of Windows 10, with no additional bloatware - something the company has a knack for doing, as well as more nefarious stuff over the last 18-24 months.
  • Intel's new Kaby Lake CPUs - this is something I'm excited for, to see how well Intel's new Kaby Lake family of processors performs inside of a laptop.
  • Intel Optane 3D storage technology - Another exciting technology: Optane 3D storage tech from Intel, a non-volatile storage tech based on the PCIe-based M.2 form factor.

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