Notebook computers definitely have advantages over their desktop brethren when it comes to portability, but oftentimes that portability comes with a commensurate sacrifice of screen real estate. Lenovo is looking to ease that pain with its new ThinkVision LT1421 monitor, a USB 14-inch widescreen mobile monitor that’s designed to go almost anywhere notebook computers can go. Lenovo is aiming the display at businessfolk and professionals who need to give presentations, but it can also be used for extra screen real estate to help mobile users bust out of the confines of a typical notebook display.
The ThinkVision LT1421 marks Lenovo’s first foray into mobile monitors: just pop the monitor into an available USB port, prop it up on its photoframe-style stand, and get to work. Users can choose between 16 levels of brightness. Lenovo says the ThinkVision LT1421 will be available this month for a suggested price of $219.99.
If you’re thinking you can almost get a whole notebook for $220—you’re right. And for not much more, Lenovo can set you up with one of its new ThinkPad Edge E425 and E525 notebooks. Aimed at business and enterprise users, the new ThinkPad Edge systems sport AMD A-series Fusion CPUs, 14- and 15.6-inch displays, integrated AMD Radeon “discrete-class” graphics with dedicated video memory, low-light-capable webcam, and support for up to 8 GB of RAM and 750 GB of hard drive storage. Options include fingerprint readers, DVD burners, and HDMI output, along with a powered USB port (for that ThinkVision LT1421 display!) and a 4-in-1 media card reader. The systems also feature an AutoLock function that uses the webcam to determine if a machine is in use and locks it up if the user steps away. The new ThinkPad Edge systems will also be available this month with pricing starting at $529.