The Lenovo ThinkPad 25th Anniversary Edition is one hell of a b-day present
There are few laptops that have obtained truly 'iconic' status. There are Macs, like the now ubiquitous MacBook and original iMac lines (the ones with the vibrant-coloured cases) but Windows machines have never seemed 'cool' enough. But there is one, which – through strong reputation alone – might be about to cross the void; the ThinkPad.
Originally released by IBM in 1992, the boxy black design became an instant hit. It was a work machine first, and everything from its bright red 'nipple' mouse to water spill-resistant keyboard became a standard in the world of business machines.
It was the Ying to Apple's Yang, and it was purported that Lenovo only bought the rights to the ThinkPad line from IBM after rumours that the computer giant was thinking of ending production.
Today, it's still being produced (albeit, with updated specs, natch) and this year marks its 24th Anniversary. As such, Lenovo has chosen to give itself a birthday present in the form of a limited edition, instantly-recognizable ThinkPad.
It retains the 7-row keyboard, blue enter key and red 'nipple' TrackPoint curser that featured on the original, along with modern components like an Intel Core i7 processor, a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen, SSD storage, and all-day battery life.
Of course, all of that top-spec comes along with special throwback packaging, including retro logos.