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Lenovo shakes up business laptops at CES 2022 with the ThinkPad Z13 and Z16


The ThinkPad has a new look.


This story is part of THOSE, where CNET covers the latest news on the most amazing technology to come.

The ThinkPad line of business laptops turns 30 this year, and while ThinkPads aren’t quite the black laptops they were decades ago, most aren’t much different either. The new ThinkPad Z series, announced Tuesday at CES 2022, 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, resulting in ultra-thin display bezels and a trimmed chassis. Like most new business laptops, these ThinkPads feature 16:10 aspect ratios, giving you extra vertical 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 screens is a new communication bar, which is a fancy way of saying that it has a Full HD webcam with bigger pixels for better low light performance, an IR camera for facial recognition. and dual array microphones. Laptops will also have an electronic privacy shutter to block the camera when not in use.


It’s not just black, it’s vegan leather on the Z13.


Stepping away from the base black or solid gray colors of other ThinkPads, the Z Series models are made from recycled aluminum in either gray or black with accents of bronze or gray or even recycled black vegan leather on the back. lid. And like other ThinkPads, these are tested to military durability standards. Lenovo also used 100% recyclable bamboo and sugarcane packaging, and the included power adapters are made from 90% post-consumer materials.

In addition to the edge-to-edge backlit keyboard, Lenovo used a larger 120mm glass haptic ForcePad that is part of the all-glass palm rest for a seamless look and feel. The red TrackPoint on the keyboard also gets new features: double pressing it launches a settings menu for the camera and microphones. It’s a good plus for people like me who don’t use it regularly.


The Z13 has a large haptic touchpad and an edge-to-edge keyboard.


Inside the Z13, you’ll get an AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 U-series processor, including an optional exclusive Ryzen 7 Pro chip, optimized for audio and video performance with improved battery life for apps like Teams and Zoom. . With the Z16, you will get a more powerful Ryzen Pro H-series processor with the option for AMD discrete graphics.

AMD Pro processors have a Microsoft Pluto Security Chip integrated into these for chip-to-cloud protection for your data and identity. Based on the security architecture used in the Xbox One game console, Pluto adds better protection against physical attacks as well as firmware attacks as it gets regular firmware updates as part of Patch Tuesday updates. from Microsoft.


The Z16 has three USB 4.0 Type-C ports, an audio jack and an SD card reader.


Both models support up to 32GB of LPDDR5 memory and up to 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 integrated.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is expected to start at $ 1,549, which works out to around £ 1,150 or AU $ 2,150. The Z16 is expected to start at $ 2,099. Before you get too excited about running out of getting one, Lenovo said they won’t be available until May.

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