How many times have you stopped your work to look at the function keys on your keyboard wondering which key performs a particular function?

That distraction will go away with a new “adaptive keyboard” featured on Lenovo’s newest ThinkPad. On the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the function row now adapts to the programs that they user is working on.

“It’s something new and different, there’s nothing like that out on the marketplace,” Matt Bereda, marketing director of the Think Business Group said.

The new ThinkPad is one of five new devices Lenovo announced at CES. At just 2.8 pounds, Lenovo says the X1 Carbon is the lightest ultrabook in the world. Besides featuring the adaptive keys, the computer also responds to voice and motion commands. For example, when navigating a slide presentation, a user no longer has to look for the page up or page down keys. A simple wave of the hands is sufficient to advance or reverse slides.

Lenovo, which operates dual headquarters in Beijing, China and Morrisville, is addressing the business market’s desire for tablets with the ThinkPad 8, a tablet that Bereda describes as a ThinkPad computer “pocket-sized.” Users wanting a high powered display can use the ThinkVision Pro2840m, a high-resolution monitor.

And for small businesses that are looking for a better storage device, the LenovoEMC joint venture is launching its px4-400d storage device. Bereda said that device is good for small businesses, as well as “prosumers” – home users who purchase professional quality equipment. The px4 offers up to 16 terabytes of storage and Bereda said it’s optimized for applications such as video surveillance.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

  • 14-inch ultrabook
  • 2.8 pounds
  • Forged from carbon fiber, the same material used in aircraft and racing cars
  • New “adaptive keyboard,” which adjusts and highlights the most relevant keys based on the software or application being used
  • Integrates voice and gesture control, allowing users to interact with their PC.
  • ColorBurst Display provides sharper, brighter images at higher resolutions with better viewing angles.
  • “Rapid Charge” technology, providing an 80% charge in less than an hour.
  • Up to 9 hour battery life (a more than 70 percent improvement from the last generation)
  • Optional built-in 4G capability
  • Starts at $1,299, availability in late January.

OneLink Dock Pro

  • Allows users to dock their ThinkPad through a single cable, eliminating cable clutter
  • Multiple USB ports, audio and Ethernet connections and driver-free dual video support through DisplayPort and DVI on selected models.
  • Integrated 90W AC adapter also provides power for the notebook, supports rapid charge and can also charge other devices such as a smartphone.
  • Available now at $179.

ThinkPad 8

  • 8-inch tablet
  • Machine-cut aluminum construction
  • Usable in tablet mode on the go, or in desktop mode by connecting to optional keyboard base, dock or monitor.
  • Optional Quickshot Cover can be flipped to convert the device into tent mode.
  • 8 megapixel high definition camera, triggered by peeling back the tablet’s cover.
  • 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display
  • Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor
  • Up to 128GB of storage
  • MicroUSB 3.0 port
  • LTE connectivity
  • Windows8 Pro
  • Configure to order models start at $399, Topseller models start at $429 and will be available late January.

ThinkVision Pro2840m

  • 28 inch ultra- high resolution monitor featuring a 3840×2160 panel with wide range of connectivity options.
  • At the touch of a button, the ThinkVision 28 transforms into an entertainment hub.
  • On demand content streams seamlessly through the familiar Android interface thanks to NVIDIA® Tegra®-powered technology
  • Available in April, expected to start at $799.


  • Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux devices
  • Up to 16 terabytes storage
  • Available now worldwide