David Hill, VP of Design at Lenovo today posted a blog post on his thoughts of designing a ThinkPad laptop with its classic design and modern specs. After more than two decades of ThinkPad design evolution, Lenovo has probably incorporated hundreds of modifications to 1992’s baseline 700c. There are some loyalists who miss the 7 row keyboard while some people who hate it. Lenovo is looking to design a very unique ThinkPad model that embodies all the latest technology advances, however, embraces the original design details in the strongest way possible. They have been referring to the concept as retro ThinkPad.
Imagine a blue enter key, 7 row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad logo, dedicated volume controls, rubberized paint, exposed screws, lots of status LED’s, and more. Think of it like stepping into a time machine and landing in 1992, but armed with today’s technology. Although not for everyone, I’m certain there’s a group of people who would stand in line to purchase such a special ThinkPad model.
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