As crazy as it might sound, computer manufacturer Lenovo is actually toying with the notion of a retro-looking ThinkPad built from modern hardware.
David Hill, Vice President of Lenovo corporate identity & design, wrote on the company’s blog that he’s “been exploring the idea of introducing a very unique ThinkPad model” which encompasses all of the latest technological advances while embracing the retro style of the old school ThinkPad.
For a while now I’ve been exploring the idea of introducing a very unique ThinkPad model. Imagine a ThinkPad that embodies all the latest technology advances, however, embraces the original design details in the strongest way possible. I’ve been referring to the concept as retro ThinkPad.
Hill, who was previously employed by IBM, described his concoction as “a time machine” back to the year 1992, but equipped with modern technology.
Think of it like stepping into a time machine and landing in 1992, but armed with today’s technology.
While Hill indicated in his blog post that he “can’t promise anything” just yet and that the idea is simply that: an idea — he notes that bringing such an idea to market will take “significant sales volumes” in order to justify the cost and effort of development.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wrote in a report on ZDNet that his personal “reaction to this plan can be summed up as: ‘Shut up and take my money!'”
Personally, my reaction to this plan can be summed up as: ‘Shut up and take my money!’
In order to test the waters, Lenovo is requesting feedback from potential customers. So what do you think, does this retro-style ThinkPad with modern hardware sound like a laptop you’d be interested in?