ColorWare makes ThinkPads blush

Old line gets new colors

Somewhere, ghosts of IBM's past are spinning in their graves. ColorWare is bringing 28 hues--including pink, purple, yellow and bright orange--to laptops from Lenovo that were once produced under the nameplate of Big Blue, that most buttoned-down of corporate establishments.

Laptoping says ColorWare applies its "X2 scratch-resistant liquid plastic coating" to Lenovo's "ThinkPad T60" laptops, whose features include an Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and a DVD burner. But it's the complex coloring process that draws the most attention: "The X2 coating is applied to the laptops and other products in a custom atmospheric chamber in its liquid form, and then cured with ultra violet light to achieve scratch resistance and clarity."

Given the line's prices, which start at $2,950, the only appropriate color may be green.

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