Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet, plus other X-Series toys at CES 2016 (and Cmdr. Keen)

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CES 2016

Lenovo has launched its ThinkPad X1 line at CES 2016. In Las Vegas, there’s a pile of new, enterprisey mobile kit for to drool over, including a Surface-like tablet, a convertible, wireless docking, and more.

What’s getting most attention is the tablet, which includes some unusual add-on modules. Naturally, there’s also the usual confusing range of conventional laptops.

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What happened in Vegas? Tom Warren stays in Vegas—Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 tablet transforms into a laptop, projector, and 3D camera:

Every laptop maker is trying to create the perfect tablet that does a little more.

The ThinkPad X1 tablet. It’s a regular 12-inch tablet powered by Intel’s latest Core m7 chipset. ... While the main portion...looks like any other Windows tablet, you can attach three modules...to transform it into a laptop, projector, or a 3D camera.

Lenovo is also combining the use of a kickstand and keyboard, just like Microsoft’s Surface. ... There's even an active stylus if you're interested in sketching.

Tom isn’t the only scribbler to surface the surface Surface similarity [You're fired -Ed.] Here’s Melissa Riofrio, with Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Surface clone can add camera, projector or battery modules:

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Tablet takes the Surface Pro 4 concept and does it three better.

[It] starts as an 8.4 mm thin, 1.75-pound tablet that fattens to 13 mm and 2.4 pounds total when you attach the included keyboard. [It] offers impressive specs. ... This tablet isn’t messing around.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet gives Surface shoppers something to think about. ... We look forward to seeing more Surface clones [at] CES.

Apparently, X1 is now a sub-brand for a range of different devices. Seth Colaner explains—Lenovo Runs Wild With 'X1' Line: Carbon, Yoga, Tablet, And Peripherals:

The company announced an entire line of X1-branded devices that includes a new Carbon notebook, a Yoga notebook, a tablet, AIO, monitor, mouse, docking station and more.

The star is arguably the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, [which] sports up to 1 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD...16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, (optional) LTE-A...USB Type-C port with Power Delivery [and] 12-inch IPS display [at] 2560x1440.

But the magic is in the modules. ... A Productivity module ($149)...adds another 5 hours of battery life as well as...USB 3.0 and OneLink+. ... The Presenter module ($279) includes a built-in projector that promises...a 60-inch projection. ... The 3D Imaging module ($149) sports an Intel RealSense camera. [All have] an HDMI port.

The base tablet costs $899 and will be available in February.

What if you just want a good, old-fashioned laptop? Brett Howse has you covered—Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad Lineup at CES:

Lenovo is taking the opportunity to use CES as the launching point for its refreshed ThinkPad lineup.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the ultra-portable. [It] is the thinnest ThinkPad...weighing in at just 2.6 lbs and 0.65-inches. [It] can be had with either the 2560x1440 or 1920x1080 IPS 14-inch panel, and optionally...LTE-A connectivity. For docking, you can use the OneLink+ port, or...optional WiGig. ... Shipping in February for $1299.

If you need an even smaller notebook, Lenovo is...offering the X260 [a] 12.5-inch model...2.9 lbs and 0.79-inches. [It] is rated for up to 21 hours of battery life. ... Ships in February for $929.

If you need more performance, the T460p is a 14-inch notebook...with the Intel Core H...the quad-core 45-Watt models [with] more oomph compared to the 15-Watt U series. ... Ships in February for $1249 as the starting price.

The L series is a more entry level ThinkPad. ... February starting at $749.

Meanwhile, it’s someone’s birthday today. Many happy returns, Peter “Dr. Pizza” Bright—Lenovo X1 Carbon adds tablet and desktop editions, and a Yoga that ditches the LCD:

[The] X1 Yoga...weds the 360 degree hinge of the Yoga line to the build...styling, and TrackPoint-equipped 6-row keyboard of the X1.

Instead of an LCD, you can equip it with a...2560×1440 OLED touchscreen. OLED displays have a reputation for...eye-watering price, deep blacks, and lusciously rich colors. We can't wait to see it.

Its touchscreen also supports an active stylus. ... Lenovo has figured out a way to have [it] stored inside the laptop.

Prices will start at $1,449...shipping later this month.

And Finally...

Let's Play Super Mario Maker: Commander Keen in Where's My Helmet?
[Ken Gagne, late of this parish, plays a level designed by id Software co-founder Tom Hall, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Commander Keen]

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