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Lenovo to revive the retro ‘ThinkPad’ design of IBM


Lenovo has been thinking of enlivening the idea of giving a makeover to the paradigm, “Lenovo ThinkPad” and you never know, since it won’t be too late for you to know, before it turns into a reality. In the year of 1992, the first ThinkPad, the 700C was brought in by IBM and till now it has been the all-time favorite, not only in the business world but far and wide.lenovo-thinkpad-revival

The twenty-three year old ThinkPad projected a classic ThinkPad model, which was powered by a 25 MHz 486SLC to facilitate much in demand the 8MBs of memory. ThinkPad 700C was designated as the ‘performance’ laptop that came with a screen resolution of 640x480ppi, a 10.4 inches VGA display and had a 120MB hard-drive weighing a minimal of  seven-and-a-half pounds and estimated up to $4,350 (in 1992 dollars) amounting to $7,400 of today’s currency, that’s the reason we loved it further.

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But, what made it a true taker is Richard Sapper’s remarkable design, after it many such designs were released into the market such as the X300 and many more, none could match up to the looks of the attention-grabbing first-generation laptops. In the meanwhile, the company is also very well aware of the same.

In a blog post, Lenovo vice-president of corporate identity & design David Hill said:

“Imagine a ThinkPad that embodies all the latest technology advances, however, embraces the original design details in the strongest way possible. I’ve been referring to the concept as retro ThinkPad. Imagine a blue enter key, seven-row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad logo, dedicated volume controls, rubberized paint, exposed screws, a plethora of status lights, and more. Think of it like stepping into a time machine and landing in 1992, but armed with today’s technology.”

David Hill mentioned that, he has been exploring the idea of introducing a very unique ThinkPad model. He further added that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s certain that there will be a specific group of people who’d stand in queue for to pay for such a special ThinkPad model.

He also stated that please remember, which actually bringing a retro inspired ThinkPad to the market would require significant changes on the sales front and also to justify the tooling and development effort going to be invested in this task.

In Hill’s view, there’s no other computer company that has an appropriate perception of the DNA design and correct ingredients to accomplish this job. He has also written a short book on this entitled, ThinkPad Design: Spirit and Essence, which explains his viewpoint very well on the subject of re-kindling retro theme of the ThinkPad.

If you find this idea really appealing one, you can write up to Hill on his blog and let him know that you would like to have a retro version of the ThinkPad, that gives a modern twist to the already known and cherished version of it.


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