Lenovo's ThinkPad SL410 and SL510 managed to sneak out a touch early overseas, but now the outfit is making 'em both official here in the States -- and on the day before the launch of Windows 7, no less. Unfortunately, detailed specifications are nowhere to be found, with Lenovo simply telling us that these will boast 16:9 displays, Core 2 Duo processors, HDMI and VGA outputs, a multitouch trackpad, 3G WWAN, WiFi, Ethernet, optional Bluetooth and Windows 7 runnin' the show. Both rigs can supposedly be ordered today starting at $529, so we guess it's on you to poke around and see if either suit your fancy. Full specs lists is after the break.
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Lenovo Boosts Digital Entertainment and Personal Productivity with Windows 7-Based PCs

Introduces New ThinkPad SL Laptops for Small to Medium Businesses

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – October 22, 2009: Lenovo today announced that it is now offering a broad portfolio of Think and Idea-branded PCs running the new Windows 7 operating system. Lenovo is also introducing two new ThinkPad laptops geared for the way small to medium businesses (SMB) work.

Packed with performance and the little extras that make a big difference, the new ThinkPad SL410 and SL510 laptops feature crisp and clear 16:9 high definition screens, make voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calls rich and seamless and sport a new look and feel with a matte-finish cover.

Lenovo has certified many of its Windows 7 PCs under the Lenovo Enhanced Experience program. This certification ensures the PCs provide powerful performance, rich multimedia and flexible ease of use. The combination of Windows 7 plus Lenovo's Enhanced Experience certification represents a significant advancement in digital entertainment and personal productivity for consumers, small-to-medium business (SMB) and large enterprise customers.

"For three years, Microsoft and Lenovo engineers have worked tirelessly together to jointly create a PC experience that is better, faster, more stable, and more secure," said Rory Read, president and chief operating officer, Lenovo. "This has been an unparalleled effort to integrate hardware and software from the ground up. As a result, we've created new innovations in touch technology, improved speed and performance across the board and developed a host of other enhancements that will make a meaningful difference to our customers worldwide."

PCs That Work Hard and Play Hard for SMBs The new ThinkPad SL laptops are the ideal technology companions for busy, on-the-go SMBs. Powered by Intel Core2Duo processors, these versatile laptops can power the next business meeting or help entertain off the clock. Along with their 16:9 screens, they support bright colors and reduced glare with VibrantView and Anti-glare technology. They also support HDMI and VGA output for high definition and standard external monitor displays. Using the two-finger multitouch touchpad, objects on the screen can be enlarged and minimized easily.

To stay connected 24/7 with business colleagues, family and friends, select models come with 3G connectivity. WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth technologies are also offered. For a strong VoIP experience, Lenovo increased the resolution of the cameras, added a microphone mute button and improved the digital microphone for clearer, crisper sounding conversations. The new laptops are also some of Lenovo's greenest. They are the first ThinkPad laptops to use post-consumer recycled materials, helping keep waste out of landfills, and are rated EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 5.0.

To keep connected, protected and productive, the laptops come with Lenovo ThinkVantage Technologies (TVTs) – a set of hardware and software tools that are particularly helpful for SMB users who often do not have a dedicated IT staff. These tools help make critical activities like connecting to the Internet, managing passwords, recovering data and updating the laptop easy. The laptops include a number of TVTs such as Access Connections, Client Security Solutions, Rescue and Recovery, Presentation Director and System Update. For times when IT help is required, Lenovo's SMB service offerings include Priority Support and Online Data Backup.

"Customers expect a great PC experience, and that's what Microsoft and Lenovo have worked together to deliver," said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, Original Equipment Manufacturer division, Microsoft Corp. "Our collaboration and joint innovations have resulted in faster and more reliable scenarios so customers can use their PCs in more new and exciting ways."

A Faster, Richer and Easier Experience

Lenovo Enhanced Experience certified PCs deliver a faster, richer and easier computing experience over identical configuration, non-optimized PCs. Business customers can choose from Think-branded PCs including the ThinkPad T400s, R400 and X200 laptops, X200 Tablet, ThinkCentre A58 and M58 desktops and ThinkStation S20 and D20 workstations. Consumers can choose a variety of Idea-branded PCs including the IdeaPad Y550, Y450, U450, 450p, U350 and IdeaCentre A600 all-in-one desktop.

Enhanced Experience certified PCs start-up significantly faster than identical configuration, non-optimized Lenovo PCs. For example, on select Think PCs, Windows 7 starts up to 56 percent faster compared to running Windows XP or Windows Vista, and shuts down in as little as five seconds.1 The PCs also include multimedia enhancements and easy system maintenance tools on Idea PCs, and performance-optimized ThinkVantage Technologies for advanced productivity and security on Think PCs. For example, Enhanced Experience certified PCs are giving customers a new way to reach out and touch technology with optional multitouch screens on the ThinkPad X200 Tablet and T400s laptop. Equipped with SimpleTap, users can easily manipulate hardware functions through the touch screen. More information on Enhanced Experience can be found here.

Pricing and Availability2

The ThinkPad SL410 and 510 laptops are available immediately through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Models start at approximately $529.

THINKPAD SL410 / SL510

Processors
• Intel® Core™2 Duo with 1066 MHz FSB (Dual Core Celeron also offered)
Preloaded Operating Systems
• Genuine Windows®7
• Genuine Windows® XP
Form Factor / Dimensions
SL410
• 2.32 kg / 5.11 lbs with 6 cell battery
• (32 - 36) mm x 344 mm x 233 mm
[i.e. (1.26" -1.42") x 13.54" x 9.17"]
SL510
• 2.56kg / 5.64 lbs with 6 cell battery
• (32 -36) mm x 380mm x 247mm
[i.e. (1.26" -1.42") x 14.96" x 9.72"]
Displays
• 14.0" HD VibrantView (16:9) (SL410)
• 15.6" HD VibrantView or Antiglare (16:9) (SL510)
• LED Backlit Displays
Contemporary ID
• ThinkPad Matte Black Cover
Graphics Card
• Integrated (Intel® X4500)
System Memory
• DDR3 1067MHz (Up to 8GB)
Hard Drives
• Up to 500 GB 5400 rpm or 320GB 7200 rpm with APS
Ports
• Video output – HDMI, VGA
• Lenovo Enhanced USB Port Replicator
Optical Drives (Fixed Bay)
• 12.7mm Rambo
Wireless Connectivity
• WWAN – Integrated Mobile Broadband
• WLAN – 802.11n draft
• WiMax
• Bluetooth®
• Gigabit Ethernet (10 / 100 / 1000)
Keyboard
• Spill Resistant Keyboard
• TrackPoint® and UltraNav™ Touchpad with multitouch
• Digital Microphone enhance VoIP experience
• Microphone mute button on keyboard
Additional Features
• Integrated 2 MP Camera (select models)
• Audio speaker 2W
• Multitouch TouchPad
Preloaded Software
• Third Party Software
• ThinkVantage® Technologies
Warranty
• 1 Year Depot with 3 Year upgrades
Security
• Integrated Fingerprint Reader
Battery
• 4, 6 or 9 Li-ion battery

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Lenovo slaps Windows 7 onto ThinkPad SL410 and SL510