As the 25th anniversary of ThinkPad approaches, I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of our 25 favorite things about ThinkPad.
David Hill and I came up with a list while he was visiting the studio this week. Many of these came from the 15th anniversary list because some things never change--they just get better.
1. The bento box-inspired design that never looks out of style (Thanks, Richard)
2. There are decades of thinking in every new ThinkPad
3. The TrackPoint: every time I try to use a touchpad I get frustrated
4. Typing on the best keyboard in the industry is pure pleasure
5. Finally, we got rid of the cumbersome latches
6. The asymmetrical and unique ThinkPad logo: dead-center is so ordinary
7. Effortless scrolling with the center button and TrackPoint
8. Integrated fingerprint reader: I've never forgotten my finger
9. Rock-solid mechanical quality and physical integrity: it always works
10. A rubberized finish that feels so good and is easy to clean
11. Sitting on an airplane next to someone using a goofy-looking notebook
12. (It makes me feel more confident and smarter than the person next to me)
13. You can recognize it from across the room by the illuminated little red dot
14. The new X1 Carbon is 3.5 times thinner and 4 lbs lighter than the original 700c
15. Black is my favorite color until they make something darker
16. Real metal hinges that are built to last
17. LED indicator on my fingerprint reader reassures me
18. The dedicated PrtSc key: I use it all the time
19. Dual mute controls, microphone and speakers
20. Carbon fiber: lighter, stronger and blacker than aluminum
21. Iconic, original design essence
22. The red dot makes me smile
23. My fingers aren’t square and neither are my keys
24. You can see a Picasso and a ThinkPad in the Museum of Modern Art
25. The design still matters: 25 years later and the next one will be even better
Brian Leonard is Vice President of Lenovo Experience Design Group.
David Hill recently "rewired" from Lenovo, where he was Vice President and Chief Design Officer.