The computer company, Lenovo gathers feedback for potential retro ThinkPad model that Vice President David Hill plans on releasing in the following period. Getting his inspiration from car manufacturers and other tech companies who have used the retro look on their products, Hill believes a retro ThinkPad will definitely attract many customers.
Vintage models are extremely popular if we were to consider the bicycles, cars and other tech products that have adopted this look. However, a retro look for the recently modernized computer world may not be so sure.
Vice President of Lenovo, David Hill is ignoring the general beliefs; he is willing to test the market and see whether a retro ThinkPad model can draw customers or not. His decision was inspired by the many car models who have been recently equipped with retro functions and features.
Hill has told the press that he will spend the following months analyzing the market in order to find out whether his initiative might turn out successful or not. Even so, the vice president takes great confidence that many customers will favor the retro version instead of other models.
He has further declared that the device will be conceived as a “time machine” due to its advanced tech specifications in opposition to its retro design. The past period that the vice president is aiming is 1992, the year when the first Lenovo model was launched.
The first version of Lenovo’ ThinkPad was a little bit too pricey for the operations that it was capable of carrying out. Armed with 4MB of 8MB storage capacity and 120 MB of RAM, the device was capable of performing few of the tasks that a notepad can carry out today.
Its display specifications were rather modest, as well. The VGA monitor was only 10.4 inches wide and the processor had a 25Mhz capacity. Yet, the company was asking $4,250 in exchange of the product, even though it weighed around 7.5 pounds.
The tech giant will have to establish the design features that the retro ThinkPad will be provided with in order for customers to decide whether they want the model or not. The idea is not so bad, but slick, light designs are highly popular now among laptop and notepad users, especially since these characteristics have only recently been added to these market products.
My personal opinion is that the retro model could become quite a hit, but for that, vintage features should be limited only to the design. I doubt that people will want to carry a 7.5 pound notepad around when they have the possibility to choose a 1 pound laptop instead.
What do you think? Will Lenovo’s retro ThinkPad be successful or not?
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