Lenovo ThinkPad Z-Series: the new laptops on the block

Lenovo launched a new line of ThinkPads at CES 2022. The Z-Series targets a Gen-Z audience, sporting a thin and light build, multiple color options, eco-friendly packaging, and new AMD processors.

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49 Comments

  1. dustojnikhummer on January 11, 2022 at 4:26 am

    Whose idea at Lenovo was it to go back to the Clunkpad?

  2. Hil Hil on January 11, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Great Review. Based on the reviews and my own expectations of a new Laptops Lenovo gets a FAIL for this one.
    I’ll keep looking for the traditional left/right mouse clicks too!!!

  3. rejo philip jose on January 11, 2022 at 4:36 am

    Why do they call this thing ThinkPad, it’s a disgrace for thinkpad

  4. Zhenghao Huang on January 11, 2022 at 4:43 am

    Feels like the XPS from dell……

  5. Jacopo Puccini on January 11, 2022 at 4:45 am

    >Appealing for Gen Z
    >1500+ USD

    Lenovo you gotta understand, we broke

  6. Chris Kalos on January 11, 2022 at 4:46 am

    So basically Lenovo tried to make a MacBook. It’s not that bad, actually.

  7. Watchandlearn91 on January 11, 2022 at 4:47 am

    I’m actually fine with the port selection as I have multiple usb c hubs that i’ve really gotten used to using at this point. I keep one in my bag and have a few around the home office. I do appreciate the fact that they put one on each side of the laptop for charging.

    As someone who has bought macbooks exclusively for the last few years, I appreciate that they’re going for a haptic touchpad as those are really the future – the diving board mechanism is awful and is long overdue for replacing. I know she said it felt shallow but i’m sure there is a lot of fine tuning to do before these come out in May this year and the fact that you can customize the feel is also encouraging. The biggest downside for me is the soldered RAM – I really wish companies would quit doing that and allow us to upgrade our stuff later on.

  8. The Verge on January 11, 2022 at 4:47 am

    How do you feel about the port situation on the new ThinkPads?

  9. schopenhauersring on January 11, 2022 at 4:49 am

    They ruined it

  10. Dennis Dougherty on January 11, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Those prices are crazy…

  11. Andrew Wells on January 11, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Didn’t they try getting rid of the trackpoint buttons already? Check out how that went… the only reason they are trying again is they figure that their target demographic will never use it… but then why not just create a different line of computer to appeal to consumption oriented consumers?

  12. Namiie on January 11, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Holy cow. Apple MacBook Pros offer more ports than these new ThinkPad.
    What the hell are they thinking??

  13. cj386 on January 11, 2022 at 4:51 am

    What is a "gen z" laptop? speaking as someone apart of gen z.

  14. Ubacow on January 11, 2022 at 4:52 am

    I just want them to swap all the trackpads to oversized sensel pads, I’m glad that they’re modernizing. I doubt this will appeal to the common gen z weirdo so much as the general consumer. The Ctrl and FN swap probably swayed away a ton of potential customers. I’m glad they they’ve also committed to AMD instead of selling out like most of the companies.

  15. Izzat Ismadi on January 11, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Thinkpad we used to know: Hackintosh
    ThinkMac now: say no more

  16. Izzat Ismadi on January 11, 2022 at 4:54 am

    Why is this in Thinkpad lineup but not in Yoga lineup? The keyboard and trackpad not even on par with its predecessor

  17. madjedi22 on January 11, 2022 at 4:55 am

    It blows my mind that right when Apple comes to its senses and puts the ports back on the MacBook, every other laptop manufacturer decides to remove them. Wth.

  18. 流浪猫 on January 11, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Unacceptable arrow keys.

  19. S on January 11, 2022 at 4:56 am

    Thinkpad=good keyboard and touch pad to me. If they change that then I’m switching over

  20. Rob Taylor on January 11, 2022 at 4:56 am

    I love how these look, but a uncomfortable keyboard, less ports and the no expandability are some major concerns. Given the choice, I’ll probably stick to a more traditional thinkpad.

  21. Андрей Кобылинский on January 11, 2022 at 4:56 am

    no trackpoint buttons means NO

  22. PR200 on January 11, 2022 at 4:56 am

    Lenovo is a decent brand.

  23. BS1 on January 11, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Monica is the Bomb Diggity massive respect.

    Great review
    I been the gaming laptop guy, the dj laptop guy , the artist laptop guy… but never thinkpads they were the Mr.Smith’s of the Matrix World when they came to laptops to me.

    Now that I’m taking my old self back to school to be a I.T. professional, I had to change my mindset.

    So just to see how it felt got me a old school T420 Thinkpad…
    Dam!!!

    Its freaking amazing it’s running a i5, but it’s as smooth as ice this keyboard it’s like heaven. I’m really enjoying it like a hardcore Black Gundum yellimg at me hey we got WORK 2 do❗❗❗❗

    I keep wanting to use it…blows me away.

    The fact that everything is just removable, replaceable and so user friendly remarkable machines.

    Oh ya by the way down the road lets upgrade the BIOS, throw a i7 processor in it and get that memory up to what 16.. yes this is dope!!!

    Then to take that amazing concept and remove ports, melt the memory in the mother board and destroy ports just for the sacrifice of being thin…
    Now thinkpad has definitely taken the blue pill.

    Sad but true, let’s just hope Lenovo doesn’t pull the Ghost in The Shell U.S. Movie remake, all looks, no soul , nothing to help me connect to other real things I need……..

    The Movie said Ghost In The Shell, but name only.
    Thinkpad logos with out that thinkpad feel the Z line will be soulless…☹

  24. MDL on January 11, 2022 at 4:58 am

    so the new thinkpads are not thinkpads? the laptop is cool, just call it something else. its a lot like car companies using legendary brand names (Impala, im talking about you) to sell mainstream, boring cars.

  25. Andrew Johnston on January 11, 2022 at 4:58 am

    These just aren’t ThinkPads, really, in name only. Decent review, average laptops at best.

  26. Anel Čolo on January 11, 2022 at 5:00 am

    How can this be a ThinkPad with 2 ports?

  27. Dan Barsi on January 11, 2022 at 5:01 am

    My $0.02; re the Vergecast. Please, more of Monica and her cogent delivery as opposed to the perpetual whinging of Dieter or the banality of Alex’s takes.

  28. WJ isme on January 11, 2022 at 5:02 am

    The design is an xps 15 ripe off. Which is great

  29. Daveid Manafe on January 11, 2022 at 5:02 am

    All most user know when hearing "ThinkPad "is thrown out the windows in this lineup.

  30. van kane Lio on January 11, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Did thinkpad really know what they are doing? Only 2 ports, bad keyboard and no camera protector, it’s not a thinkpad.

  31. Aditya Venkatesh on January 11, 2022 at 5:02 am

    I feel hurt

  32. Ryan Turner on January 11, 2022 at 5:03 am

    What a terrible review. Stop talking so much and give us the details / show us the product without quick cuts.

  33. Sudipto Kumar on January 11, 2022 at 5:04 am

    More expensive than Apple MacBook M1 pro max

  34. 香港蘋果日報 on January 11, 2022 at 5:05 am

    dell bring back Touch Bar, Lenovo only have 3 three USB-C ports….they seems like never learnt from apple

  35. ufinc on January 11, 2022 at 5:07 am

    Why is soldered RAM and only 2 ports an issue here but when Apple does it it’s not???

  36. seven henson on January 11, 2022 at 5:08 am

    I for one dont care abt touch pads cos I cant use them. Hate to contour my palm n fingers to use them.

  37. ericlikeseatin on January 11, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Great review! As mentioned in the video, lots of thin laptops have good port selection so the port situation on the Z-Series is a bug, not a feature, especially given its price.

  38. Hardik Singh on January 11, 2022 at 5:11 am

    A perfectly good laptop range ruined. Thanks Lenovo

  39. Steven Nguyen on January 11, 2022 at 5:11 am

    Haha those Z Thinkpads dont look like Thinkpad

  40. Francesco Varrato on January 11, 2022 at 5:11 am

    For that price, one should expect reparable or expandable machines, with more ports and less trade-offs. Is Lenovo targeting this at idiots?

  41. FozIrenics on January 11, 2022 at 5:12 am

    oh they are taking away the three trackpad buttons again? If they are keeping the trackpoint why not also keep the three button??? This certainly won’t sell well among old thinkpad fans. And I doubt it’ll be able to compete with the macbooks with the younger generation.

  42. slighter on January 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

    It’s nice that they tried to make an effort to innovate but this port selection and retail price are deal breaker. Even if you can live with the shallow keyboard and the trackpad, having almost no ports and pay more than for a macbook will make it kinda hard for this to see, I presume. Also, the hardcore Thinkpad aficionados won’t be interested, as this is not giving them anythink above what they can get from the other lines.
    So yeah, I’m a bit worried.

  43. Charoen P on January 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Z series they are going to similar to new MacBook for Apple I guess

  44. froztezeus on January 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

    .

  45. uptown3636 on January 11, 2022 at 5:15 am

    The music around 3:59 is mind-bendingly terrible.

  46. 아날로그 on January 11, 2022 at 5:15 am

    It’s NOT ThinkPad.

  47. dridar35 on January 11, 2022 at 5:19 am

    For Gen Z, so less ports. What the hell ! The whole point of a ThinkPad is mobility and practicality ! No dedicated right and left click on the touchpad is a big no no ! I hope that they don’t mess up the other line-up

  48. Vali N. on January 11, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Hmm, I think I’ll take an asus zephyrus g14 or m16 over these. Way more ports, power, still thin, good displays, even though the design stands out because guh, gaming laptop, performance in them(gaming laptops as a whole) is just unbeatable and their getting thinner and more efficient as well. Like we haven’t gotten any big chonkster desktop replacements these last few years because now laptops under 1 inch thickness make use of the full potential of laptop cpus and gpus so unless they’re putting in desktop components in, there’s no need for such thick chassis. And also apple has been pushing for efficiency with their homemade socs with their efficiency and performance cores that even intel decided to take this approach and it seems to be paying off when it comes to laptops with ther 14core 20 thread options. Like holy ramen, 6 performance cores with 12 threads and 8 single threaded efficiency cores? What? That’s a big step up coming from 8 core 16 threads.

  49. Abel M Nunez on January 11, 2022 at 5:22 am

    Numpad missing

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