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The ThinkPad business laptop line turns 30 this year and while ThinkPads weren’t quite the black boxy laptop decades ago, most look no different either. New ThinkPad Z series, announced on Tuesday, shakes things up with a new design made from durable materials and powered by AMD’s Ryzen Pro 6000 U- and H-series processors.
The 13.3-inch ThinkPad Z13 and 16-inch Z16 have the highest screen-to-body ratio of any ThinkPad, which translates to ultrathin display bezels and trimmed chassis. Like most new business laptops, these ThinkPads have 16:10 aspect ratios that give you extra workspace to keep scrolling to a minimum.
The Z13 will be available with a 2.8K OLED touchscreen while the Z16 will have a 4K OLED touchscreen option. Above the display is a new communications bar, which is a fancy way of saying that it has a full-HD webcam with larger pixels for better low-light performance, an IR camera for facial recognition, and a dual-array microphone Huh. The laptop will also have an electronic privacy shutter that will block the camera when not in use.
Differing from the original solid black or gray body colors of other ThinkPads, the Z-series models are made from recycled aluminum in gray or black with bronze or gray accents or even recycled black vegan leather on the lid. And like other ThinkPads, these are tested to military-specific durability standards. Lenovo also used 100% recyclable packaging from bamboo and sugarcane, and the included power adapters are made from 90% post-consumer materials.
Along with the edge-to-edge backlit keyboard, Lenovo used a large 120mm glass haptic forcepad that’s part of the all-glass palm rest for a seamless look and feel. The red trackpoint in the keyboard also gets some new functionality: double-tapping it launches a settings menu for the camera and microphone. It is a nice addition for people like me who do not use it regularly.
Inside the Z13 you’ll find an AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 U-Series processor including an optional exclusive Ryzen 7 Pro chip that’s optimized for audio and video performance along with better battery life for apps like Teams and Zoom. With the Z16, you’ll get a more powerful Ryzen Pro H-series processor with the option of AMD discrete graphics.
one in amd pro processor Microsoft Pluton Security Chip Chip-to-cloud security for your data and identity is embedded in them. Based on the security architecture used in the Xbox One game console, Pluton adds improved protection against physical attacks as well as firmware attacks because it receives regular firmware updates as part of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates.
Both models support up to 32GB of LPDDR5 memory in the Z13 and 1TB of PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD storage in the Z13 or 2TB in the Z16. Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 and optional 4G LTE mobile wireless are also onboard.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is expected to start at $1,549, which translates to around £1,150 or AU$2,150. The Z16 is slated to start at $2,099. Before you get too excited to get one, Lenovo said they won’t be available until May.