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

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The ThinkPad enterprise laptop computer line turns 30 this yr and whereas ThinkPads aren’t fairly the black boxy laptops they have been many years in the past, most do not look strikingly completely different both. The brand new ThinkPad Z collection, introduced Tuesday at CES 2022, shakes issues up with a brand new design constructed from sustainable supplies and powered by AMD’s Ryzen Professional 6000 U- and H-series processors.

The 13.3-inch ThinkPad Z13 and 16-inch Z16 have the very best screen-to-body ratio of any ThinkPad, which interprets to ultrathin show bezels and trimmed chassis. Like most new enterprise laptops, these ThinkPads have 16:10 facet ratios providing you with that further little bit of vertical workspace to maintain scrolling to a minimal. 

The Z13 can be accessible with a 2.8K OLED touchscreen whereas the Z16 could have a 4K OLED touchscreen choice. Above the shows is a brand new Communications Bar, which is a elaborate method of claiming it has a full-HD webcam with bigger pixels for higher low-light efficiency, an IR digital camera for facial recognition and dual-array microphones. The laptops may even have an digital privateness shutter to dam the digital camera when not in use.  

It is not simply black, it is vegan leather-based on the Z13.


Shifting away from the essential strong black or grey physique colours of different ThinkPads, the Z-series fashions are constructed from recycled aluminum in grey or black with bronze or grey accents and even recycled black vegan leather-based on the lid. And like different ThinkPads, these are examined to mil-spec sturdiness requirements. Lenovo additionally used 100% recyclable packaging from bamboo and sugarcane and the included energy adapters are constructed from 90% post-consumer materials. 

Together with the edge-to-edge backlit keyboard, Lenovo used a bigger 120mm glass haptic ForcePad that is a part of the all-glass palm relaxation for a seamless appear and feel. The purple TrackPoint within the keyboard additionally will get some new performance: Double tapping it launches a settings menu for the digital camera and microphones. That is a pleasant further for individuals like me who do not usually use it. 


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


Contained in the Z13 you may get an AMD Ryzen Professional 6000 U-series processor together with an optionally available unique Ryzen 7 Professional chip that is optimized for audio and video efficiency with improved battery life for apps reminiscent of Groups and Zoom. With the Z16, you may get a extra highly effective Ryzen Professional H-series processor with the choice for AMD discrete graphics. 

The AMD Professional processors have a Microsoft Pluton safety chip embedded in them for chip-to-cloud safety to your knowledge and identification. Primarily based on the safety structure used within the Xbox One recreation console, Pluton provides higher safety in opposition to bodily assaults in addition to firmware assaults because it will get common firmware updates as a part of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates.


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


Each fashions help as much as 32GB LPDDR5 reminiscence and as much as 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD storage within the Z13 or 2TB within the Z16. Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and optionally available 4G LTE cellular wi-fi are additionally onboard. 

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is predicted to begin at $1,549, which converts to roughly £1,150 or AU$2,150. The Z16 is ready to begin at $2,099. Earlier than you get too enthusiastic about operating out to get one, Lenovo mentioned they will not be accessible till Might.

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