If you're looking for "new and exciting" regarding Lenovo's newest ThinkPad laptops, you'll have to hone in on the small details. For instance, Lenovo's latest lineup of third-generation Intel Core i-series processor ThinkPads have adopted the more modern raised keyboards that have been seen on models such as the ThinkPad Edge and X1.
Beyond that and some additional port additions -- the inclusion of built-in 4G wireless on certain models -- the biggest news is the tease of the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14-inch ultrabook that's a sleeker update to last year's somewhat clunky X1 laptop. These new ThinkPads are also compatible with Lenovo's new third-generation docks, which include USB 3.0 ports.
Here are all the new ThinkPads, by category.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
ThinkPad X230, X230t
In the ultraportable space, the new 12-inch X230 and X230t add backlit keyboard options, USB 3.0 and Mini DisplayPort, and what Lenovo claims is enhanced Dolby sound. The swivel-tablet version is similar to other Lenovo ultraportables we've seen before. The X230 and X230t start at a princely $1,179 and $1,479, respectively.
ThinkPad T430, T430s, and T530
The update to last year's meat-and-potatoes is lighter than last year's model. Optional backlit keyboards and the aforementioned new keyboard design are the key new cosmetic changes. The thinner T430s also includes a Thunderbolt port on its Core i7 configurations. The ThinkPad T430 will start around $879, while the T430s will start around $1,399 (Lenovo's documentation only mentions pricing as "approximate").
ThinkPad L430, L530
A step below the T series in price, the slightly thinner-and-lighter-than-last-year 14- and 15-inch ThinkPad L series laptops are aimed at small business, with a feature set that's similar to the T430 and T530. The entry-level models will start at around $879 (if so, it's hard to tell what the advantages are over the T series based on Lenovo's press releases).
Aimed at high-end graphics professionals, the ThinkPad W530 mobile workstation has a color-calibrating wide-view screen and much more robust graphics -- Nvidia Quadro optional -- along with the capability of running four external displays at once via a ThinkPad Dock. Prices start around $1,529.
All of these laptops, with the exception of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, will be available at the beginning of June.