Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Something truly interesting is currently happening in the PC space. Ask any random internet commenter how the PC market is doing, and I'm pretty sure you're going to get something along the lines of 'everybody but Apple is failing'. Turns out this isn't the case - Lenovo has just become the world's largest PC and laptop vendor, after three years of steady growth in sales and profits. "During the second fiscal quarter, Lenovo's worldwide PC shipments grew 10.3 percent, in a difficult market that was down eight percent year-over-year, the 14th quarter in a row that the company has grown faster than the PC industry as a whole. In this challenging environment, Lenovo achieved its highest-ever worldwide market share of 15.6 percent, gaining share points in every geography, every product category in which it competes, and in every respective customer segment." Very impressive.
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Keeping true
by Chrispynutt on Thu 8th Nov 2012 13:46 UTC
Chrispynutt
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2012-03-14

Even if you don't like what they stand for there are three brands in the computing space that stand for something; Apple, Thinkpad and Alienware.

All three and doing well, all three stick to their guns and all three are long lived in the face of adversity.

Thinkpad survived a complete change of owner.
Alienware has remained focused and autonomous inside of Dell.
Apple survived the mess of the 90s.

I admit Lenovo's other lines are less well known to me. But their Ideapad ultrabooks look rather nice and I really want that LePhone keyboard-case for my Cloudmobile.

Lenovo is on the line between being identified as a definable thing, and something for everyone. The Thinkpad provides a great halo effect for the rest of their machines. Even if they are only as good as the competition, that extra +1 for desirability pushes them over the line.

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RE: Keeping true
by Morgan on Thu 8th Nov 2012 15:27 in reply to "Keeping true"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have nothing but love for both my Lenovo ThinkCentre workstation at the part time job, and my fiancée's IdeaPad laptop. The design and "fit and finish" are top-notch, and they are competitively priced.

As much as I like Apple's design aesthetics and OS X itself, I'd take a Lenovo over an Apple machine any day.

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RE[2]: Keeping true
by Chrispynutt on Thu 8th Nov 2012 16:43 in reply to "RE: Keeping true"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

Which Ideapad does she have out of interest?

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RE[2]: Keeping true
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 9th Nov 2012 02:40 in reply to "RE: Keeping true"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I have nothing but love for both my Lenovo ThinkCentre workstation at the part time job, and my fiancée's IdeaPad laptop. The design and "fit and finish" are top-notch, and they are competitively priced.


Yeah, Lenovo's business class gear* is great - or, depending on how you look at it, they haven't managed to screw up the already-great designs they bought from IBM. I've been using a Thinkcentre as my desktop PC (one of the "pizza box" models) for about 2 years now, and I'm genuinely surprised that there isn't the same kind of geek-reverence for them that there is for Thinkpads.

They're fairly small, very quiet, relatively expandable (most have at least 1 PCI slot, many also have a PCIe slot), incredibly easy to service (replacing the PSU is about the only thing that needs a screwdriver), and built like damn tanks. In many ways, the pizza box Thinkcentres remmind of the old Sparc 20 - not just because of the similar form factor, but because there was obviously significant effort put into making maintenance work as simple as possible.

It's funny, my workstation has unintentionally turned into a shrine to things that IBM used to make: Unicomp Model M clone connected to a Thinkcentre, which has a Thinkpad sitting on top of it.

*I've been decidedly-unimpressed with everything I've used from Lenovo that didn't have "Think" prefixed to its name. Same cheap crap you get from Dell, HP, Acer, et al.

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