|Building on the success of the X300 ultraportable, Lenovo has now released the T400s, a 14-inch notebook that weighs in at just 1.77kg and is only 21mm thick.
The T400s boasts an LED backlit screen, which significantly reduces power consumption while improving screen brightness and image uniformity. The LED screen is also thinner and lighter than traditionally backlit screens.
Also key to the thinness of this machine is the carbon fibre reinforced Top Cover Roll Cage first introduced on the X300. This thin and rigid chassis helps knock 20% of the weight of the T400s compared to its T400 predecessor.
The notebook is specced with 2.4 or 2.53GHz standard voltage Core 2 Duo processors and offers solid state drives up to 256GB or hard drives up to 250GB. The solid state drive option will add about $600 to $1,000 to the price of the notebook according to Lenovo representative James Arnold.
Other options include a DVD or a Blu-ray burner, but the standard specs are impressive on their own with the inclusion of a USB/eSATA port, a Display Port connection, wi-fi b/g/n, Ethernet, 3G ( or WWAN as Lenovo calls it) and Bluetooth.
Lenovo suggest a battery life of up to six hours with a standard six-cell battery. Other notable innovations on the T400s are its optimisatoon for VoIP calls, and a rearrangement of the keyboard.
Above the screen, the T400s has twin microphones that sit either side of the webcam. This arrangment is designed to better focus sound pickup on the voice and suppress other external sounds like keyboard typing or ambient noise in an environment.
The webcam also has an increased 2-megapixel resolution and the onbaord speakers are twice as loud as previously. Separate speaker and microphone mute buttons are also provided so you don't make the mistake of muting the speaker and thinking you've turned off the microphone while you discuss money, or the physical attributes of the person at the other end of the call.
On the keyboard, Lenovo has closed up the spaces between keys to prevent biscuit crumbs getting in the cracks, and bumped up the size of the Delete and Escape keys so they're easier to hit.
A textured surface has been added to the touchpad so you know you're on it without having to look, and the touchpad now supports multitouch controls to scroll, pinch and zoom.
One aspect that might not please existing Lenovo users is that the T400s also ushers in a new gneration of desktop docks.
One thing that has not changed is the ThinkPad basic black design.
The T400s will be in the country in about a fortnnight but customers can pre-order now through Lenovo resellers or online from Lenovo.
Prices start around $3,499.