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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s RapidBoot Extreme Laptop

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Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad T420s laptop with RapidBoot Extreme that can boot up in 10 seconds or less. As part of Lenovo's Enhanced Experience (EE) 2.0 for Windows 7 program, the RapidBoot Extreme model has proprietary BIOS and hardware optimizations along with the Intel X25-M Solid State Drive for super startup capability. Lenovo's IdeaPad Y570 laptop, coming in June, also features sub-10 second boot up.

“Driving down boot time to sub-10 seconds on the ThinkPad T420s laptop results from applying precise, focused engineering to hardware and software interoperability,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “There's a high level of complexity involved in shaving off each second. We push the limits because every second counts when it comes to keeping users productive, starting from first boot.”

Most of Lenovo's 2011 Think and Idea-branded PCs, such as the ThinkPad T420s laptop, are optimized under Lenovo's EE 2.0 program launched earlier this year. EE 2.0 provides industry-leading startup/shutdown performance and other optimization features for Lenovo consumer and business PCs.

With EE 2.0, customers can:

  • Start their Lenovo PC on average 20 seconds and shutdown 28 percent faster than a typical Windows 7 PC
  • Start their PC as fast as 10 seconds and open applications two times faster on select Lenovo EE 2.0 PCs that include optional RapidDrive solid state drive technology
  • Resume Windows in less than one second, 36 percent faster than the average competitor Windows 7 PC
  • Utilize robust security tools and rich Web conferencing features on Think-branded PCs

Features Beyond Fast Boot
Think-branded PCs with EE 2.0 offer robust security features and rich Web conferencing. Security tools include a fingerprint reader that can be used to power-on the PC, optional self-encrypting hard drives, BIOS port lock settings and Hardware Password Manager for deploying security features across a fleet of PCs. Features such as high-definition webcams with advanced white-balancing settings, digital array microphones with a speakerphone mode, and keystroke noise suppression technology that automatically detects when a user types during video chats and suppresses the noise of keystrokes, deliver a rich Web conferencing experience4. One of several ThinkPad laptops featuring Dolby Home Theater the ThinkPad T420s laptop gives users a full-impact surround sound experience.

Pricing and Availability
The RapidBoot Extreme model of the ThinkPad T420s laptop will be offered starting in mid-May for $1,679.

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