Research Triangle Park (NC) – If you are planning on spending $5000 for a notebook, there’s a good chance that you are looking for a gaming system and you probably will not be checking what Lenovo is offering. But if you have $5000 to spend on a fancy business notebook, the limited Thinkpad Reserve Edition is worth a look.
$5000 is a lot of money for a notebook these days and you can expect high-end features and treatment in return. For example, those $5000 will buy Dell’s XPS 1710 gaming notebook with 4 GB of memory, a 512 GB graphics card, and a Blu-ray drive; or you could opt for a boutique multimedia system from Voodoo; or you could consider a mobile workstation with a desktop Core 2 Duo processor, two GPUs, up to 750 GB hard disk space, for example from Eurocom.
Or, you could purchase Lenovo’s anniversary Thinkpad, which does not have any unusual hardware features, but other bling you can’t buy anywhere else. According to Lenovo, the Reserve Edition “combines unparalleled PC design and craftsmanship with executive-class service and support.”
So, what does that include?
First, the black case is out of sight. Lenovo has covered the shell in hand-stitched, saddle-grade premium French leather. We have not heard much of the hardware configuration, but were told that the devices provide “the highest levels of wireless performance, data security and Intel Centrino Pro mobile technology for enhanced mobility.” Standard equipment also include WWAN connectivity and the eight-cell battery will last up to seven hours on one charge.
Second, Lenovo tries to make the notebook standout through its service. Every Reserve Edition notebook comes with live, around-the-clock service and support for a 36-month period. Lenovo said customers have access to a specially-trained PC support specialist at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone support is offered through a local toll-free and an international phone number and Lenovo promises that calls are answered before the fourth ring. A technician directed by support staff can be sent to the customer’s location within four hours and a replacement system can be shipped overnight, if required, the company said.
If you are interested, get your credit card ready. There will only be 5000 Reserve Edition notebooks (and yes, the notebooks will be individually numbered.)