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-- week's all things -- -- -- wings' number that shows that are -- resulting did you Walt Mossberg personal tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal joins us.
With his review of Thinkpads.
And from what I know now Walt sometimes you -- -- really cool small cheap things sometimes you bring -- relief.
Heidi and things is this sort of the Jan Brady of computers.
Well it doesn't have wings doesn't have wings it's -- can't talk it's.
It's a high end.
Iconic brand as you well now Brian think -- it has.
Well a long had a very good reputation.
That's been boring it's been a boring black box primarily sold.
And it business people although.
Consumers did you buy them.
And what Lenovo the Chinese based company that took this over from IBM about five years ago.
Has decided to do now is to take this iconic thinkpad brand and stretch it.
And bring out models that are lower price than they've ever done before.
You can get him in red obviously Dell and HP and other people be doing that for a while but not Thinkpads.
And small one of the new models to small.
It starts at 450 box the other one is.
A normal -- machine but.
Quite different looking.
Traditional -- it.
It starts at about.
-- more on the high five hundreds.
And the other key thing that they've done if you are familiar with Thinkpads is that they -- change the keyboard.
That may not sound like a big deal but there is such a thing called the thinkpad keyboard that people love and it's a terrific keyboard.
And these two models have changed it to a different kind of keyboard bit for better -- so what what do you think.
Good or bad well I think I think it's a good keyboard.
I think it's not quite as good as to traditional thinkpad keyboard.
It's a good solid.
Easy to type on keyboard even on -- small machine which is just got eleven point six inch screen.
Kind of -- that book they refuse to call -- netbook as you know -- a lot of these netbooks for all of their other virtues are very hard tight bond.
Have kind of a cramped.
And they didn't do that this this is that this is a a -- comfortable moon solid keyboard.
Even on the small machine.
They are trying to take a brand.
Which stands -- people's minds for equality in engineering and all of that kind of stuff.
And and and dad broaden it.
And you know I used the -- for years is kind of known for what exactly you said not the sexiest machine but it but it worked I mean you right you could you take a little little beating a drop in a few times right work.
It looks like all the other colors the rounded edges are they are they trying to dissect sit up a bit I mean you know they may -- -- and at price points -- the bios you know the hiring.
Well or the price points of some dells I mean there you you're actually right -- trying to sex it up a bit.
And you know this a company that.
Had a a an idea for a consumer line of computers years ago called idea as.
That's still out there but and I don't know the sales numbers but I think it's fair to say it has made a huge impact.
So while they're still positioning themselves -- mostly for small business and all that.
I expect to see these two lines that I wrote about in retail.
With the thinkpad -- And and that's that change them and so.
I think people -- people who have been interest in Thinkpads but -- cost too much for they won't look too boring -- might want to take a look at these.
Have you ever ridden an electric motorcycle Walt.
I have not I've I've idea had not written -- electric bike there's some electric bikes you know coming into this country.
From Asia but now not an electric motorcycle we're gonna go check it out here a little bit outside of fox does maybe one day of the review the electric motorcycle -- and as -- I'm jealous today -- -- today.
Beautiful day Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal all things.
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