Lenovo ThinkPad 'L' series: Rugged, eco-friendly

According to Lenovo, "up to 30 percent" of the outer cover, palm rests, and LCD case are made from office water jugs and used IT equipment.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L412.

There's a new letter joining the ThinkPad laptop lineup in the form of the just-announced "L" series. Designed for business, government, and education, Lenovo's new 14- and 15-inch laptops are rugged and environmentally-friendly.

According to Lenovo, the 14-inch L412 and 15-inch L512 laptops "meet eight different military specification tests for high and low temperatures, vibration, altitude, dust, and more," although they don't seem especially heavy, starting at 5.2 pounds.

Even more interesting is that these two new laptops are partly made from post-consumer recycled materials. According to Lenovo, "up to 30 percent" of the outer cover, palm rests, and LCD case are made from office water jugs and used IT equipment. The overall percentage, for the 15-inch model, is 18 percent post consumer content, according to the company.

Another view of the Lenovo ThinkPad L412.

The ThinkPad L412 and L512 laptops will be available sometime in May for about $649. Both systems will offer Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs, and we even saw a should-be-avoided Celeron CPU on the list. Some other highlights across both models include:

  • Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors with Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies
  • Eight-hour battery life with user-controlled power management
  • Lightweight design starting at 5.22 pounds
  • High definition 1,366x768-pixel resolution LED-backlit, anti-glare display with a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Intel Integrated GMA HD or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • DisplayPort (with audio)
  • WiMax, WWAN, WLAN, and Bluetooth
 

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