Lenovo pits business against pleasure in new IFA 2015 hardware lineup

As one of the world’s leading PC manufacturers, it’s no surprise that Lenovo has plenty to unveil at this year’s IFA show in Berlin. It’s doing so across the spectrum of electronics too, announcing a new pair of Thinkpad Yoga devices, offering more mobility and connectivity than ever before, and a line up of Windows 10 PCs, focusing in on the needs of gamers and other performance-orientated users.

ThinkPad Yoga 260 and 460

The Yoga line up of convertible notebooks has two new entries in the form of the 260 and 460, both of which support new standards of connectivity over LTE-Advanced Wireless WAN, which marks a first for the industry. Performance wise, they’re both incredibly strong, packing sixth generation Intel Core i7 CPUs.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460

Customization options allow for up to 8GB of DDR4 on the 460, 16GB on the 260 and large capacity SSDs that should provide high-performance, without sacrificing storage space.Both can also achieve up to 10 hours of battery life, making them real work horses. The 12.5″ 260 will weigh in at only 2.9 pounds. The 460, which has a 14-inch screen, will be heavier, but Lenovo has not yet quoted a weight.

Lenovo says that the 260 will be available for $949 in October. The 460 will start at $1,049, and will come to North America in January (“select countries” will receive it earlier).

ThinkCentre

Lenovo isn’t neglecting the desktop market with its new line ups either, with announcements of new ThinkCentre PCs for the home user. The Tiny, which comes in M600, M700 and M900 variants, is a slim form-factor system, packing in a variety of Intel CPUs and storage options which can be customized by the buyer. These will be available later this year starting at $399, $499 and $749, respectively.

The ThinkCentre M900 tower is a bit more of a traditional desktop, packing a high performance 6th generation Intel CPU and up to 64GB of memory in a compact chassis. It’s designed to offer enterprise level performance, but with many of the features of an advanced gaming system – like dust filters, removable HDDs and carry handles. Starting at just shy of $800, it will also come in an SFF flavor, which trims the fat even more, making it a real space saving, high performing system. It will be available sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

At the other end of the spectrum is Lenovo’s new Intel Core i7-equipped all in one, the M900Z. It comes with a variety of OS choices, a number of storage options and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and features a huge number of connection ports for expanded storage, or other features. The built in display is a 23.8-inch panel operating at 1080P resolutions. It will be available starting this November at $929.

ThinkPad E Series

For a more mainstream notebooks that are useful for both office work and home entertainment, Lenovo is hoping to push its new ThinkPad E Series. The 14 and 15.6 inch laptops come with anti-glare displays and options for both AMD and Intel CPUs which can offer as much as a third better performance over previous generations of hardware.

New owners will also be able to make use of a choice of discrete GPUs and up to 16GB of memory. Boot and software load times should also be quick thanks to the inclusion of a high-performance SSD.

Lenovo ThinkPad E560
Lenovo ThinkPad E560

Despite all of the powerful hardware though, the Tinkpad E series notebooks can last up to nine hours on a single charge and are rated as Energy Star 6 and GreenGuard compliant for their energy efficiency.

The various options are known as the E460, E465, E560 and E565. They’ll all become available from November with prices starting at $550, $450, $550 and $480 respectively.

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