Lenovo Thinkpad SL410 and SL510 a quick review. You can buy Yours now!
October 22, 2009
The new ThinkPad SL510 and ThinkPad SL410 are now available to order and from first look they are a superb blend of business ThinkPad build quality with after hours entertainment features that will appeal to the pro-sumer.
<– View the new ThinkPad SL Series notebooks at Lenovo
The ThinkPad SL510 and SL410 have been built to appeal to the Small to Medium Business user (SMB) and solopreneuer and that usually means that we will use our notebooks for both business and pleasure.
The base model SL510 starts at $529, which is a bargain but to to make this a really versatile notebook you will have to spend a little more and upgrade the processor to at least the 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 and add a few more features like Webcam, fingerprint reader, a little more memory and a BluRay Drive if you can stretch.
Both the ThinkPad SL510 and the SL410 move up to rich, vibrant 16:9 high definition screens showing bright colors and reduced glare with VibrantView and Anti-glare technology. The SL510 and SL410 also support HDMI and VGA output for high definition and standard external monitor displays. As a sop to Thinkpad purists, gone is the shiny cover of the first SL Series. The new SL510 and 410 now have a matte-finish cover.
There are a whole host of connectivity options. On select models you can add 3G connectivity together with WiFi, Ethernet and optional Bluetooth.
As with the ThinkPad T400s lenovo is going strong on VOIP with an increased resolution Webcam, a microphone mute button and a much improved digital microphone for clear digital voice transmission. The new 2009/2010 SL Series will be the first Lenovo products to bundle Skype for virtually instant VOIP excess once you’ve set up your account.
The new SL Series notebooks are also some of the greenest Lenovo machines. They are the first ThinkPad laptops to use what is called post-consumer recycled materials, helping to keep waste out of landfills, and are also rated EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 5.0.
The new ThinkPad SL510 and SL410 should confound the detractors of the original SL Series who completely missed the point of these SMB notebooks. The real benefit for the Small Business is the almost built in IT department with Lenovo’s SMB service offerings include Priority Support and Online Data Backup.
The ThinkPad SL410 and ThinkPad SL510 look like an excellent blend of traditional ThinkPad build quality and durability, combined with some really cool entertainment features for after hours fun. Well done Lenovo, we liked the original SL Series, We think were going to love the new ThinkPad SL410 and the SL510.