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The Lenovo re-introduction of IPS in 14-inch models after almost a decade of absence is a farce

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/07/09

A decade ago, Lenovo had top-notch IPS displays with (back then high) DPI of 133 in some of their laptops called FlexView and FFS.

The IPS ThinkPad history is this:

The ThinkPad A30p and A31p (introduced in 2001 and 2002) already had 15 inch 1600×1200 displays at 133 DPI.
They were relatively thick laptops (which had the added benefit of being able to run 3 spindles in a 15 inch machine. After that, only the 17 inch W700 and W701 models in 2008 and could offer that, but only had 1920×1200 TN displays, not IPS).

The thinner models A50p from 2003, and T42p and T43p followed in 2004 and 2005. The final (back then thin) model having IPS was the T60p in 2006.

The A50p even had a CTO option for a QXGA (2048×1536) display panel model 92P6684 at 170 dpi!

All the 15″ models R50p, T6x, T6xp, could be retrofitted with the same 170 dpi panel.

So after all these years, you’d think Lenovo would re-introduce IPS display panels in their with a blast. Like for instance high DPI (now PPI), or really high contrast.

They didn’t:

n-Plane Switching (IPS) FHD or HD+ (1920 x 1080 resolution) LCD displays with high brightness. IPS technology allows for vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles. With optional multitouch you can enjoy the smoothest navigation experience with impeccable response times

via ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook Laptop | Lenovo | Lenovo (US).

It is not high DPI. Even multi-touch is optional.

Granted, it is in a 14 inch laptop (so the DPI is a bit larger than 140 dpi), but it is nothing like the current high 200+ PPI displays.

And they still suffer from the devastating 6-row keyboard they introduced mid last year after almost 20 years of great 7-row keyboards.

When introducing that keyboard, they said “change is hard; why you should give in“, so now I have a Retina MacBook, which besides a similar totally different keyboard layout change, also has:

  • a high-PPI screen
  • a decent trackpad
  • excellent battery life

–jeroen

via: ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook Laptop | Lenovo | Lenovo (US).

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