Lenovo has unveiled a complete computing solution for South African
small-to-medium business (SMB) users that includes the new SL series of
ThinkPad notebooks, value-added software and new services.

The three notebooks – SL300, SL 400 and SL500 feature cutting-edge
technologies, such as LED backlit displays, excellent multimedia
capabilities with an optional Blu-Ray DVD player as well as a black glossy
cover for a stylish design. To make the computing experience productive and
simple, Lenovo also combined software that helps with everything from data
recovery to simplifying Internet connection with a new service package
featuring on-line data backup and on-site warranty repair.
"Lenovo has experienced significant growth in the local market in terms of
both notebook and desktop sales," says Rashid Wally, country manager of
Lenovo South Africa. "As we prepare to celebrate our three year anniversary,
we aim to continue to grow ahead of the market and introduce new products,
as well as services. The launch of the ThinkPad SL notebook range places us
in a great position to pursue the local SMB market and offer a platform
designed specifically with these users in mind."
An additional five new Lenovo notebooks were also announced – the ThinkPad
R400, R500, T400, T500 and W500. Lenovo brings many of the technologies
first pioneered in the industry-acclaimed ThinkPad X300 notebook, such as
solid state drive storage and LED backlit displays.
The new T Series includes technologies like switchable graphics and support
for Display Port. All the latest ThinkPad notebooks, including the SL
Series, are based on Intel's Centrino 2 processor technology.
Quality, affordability and service and support are critical factors to SMB
notebook users, and Lenovo's SMB solution combines all of those. These
notebooks have been designed for the way SMB users work – whether at home,
in the office or at a coffee shop.
With the growing demand for "around the clock" connectivity, select models
of all the ThinkPad SL notebooks are available with built-in high speed
mobile broadband.
The number of SMB users is growing dramatically. IDC forecasts that in 2009,
the SMB segment will command 31% of the total notebook (including
ultraportables) PC market worldwide. The growth in this space is outpacing
the growth in traditional large volume buyers.
The notebooks also excel with their multimedia capabilities. Speakers,
microphones and an optional webcam provide excellent support for Internet
voice and video conferencing. And support for HDMI/VGA means users can watch
video content, like movies in high-definition. The ThinkPad SL Series also
combines looks with performance with a glossy black top cover, a first for
ThinkPad notebook design.
Known in the industry for hardware reliability, Lenovo designed the
notebooks with durability and performance in mind. Lenovo's Active
Protection System, an air-bag like system, protects the hard drive against
drops or falls, and an optional fingerprint reader helps protect against
unauthorised users. The ThinkPad SL300 notebook also comes with an available
LED backlit display.