ThinkPad is a line of business-oriented laptop computers and tablets designed, developed and marketed by Lenovo, and formerly IBM. The line was originally sold by IBM until 2005, when a part of the company's business was acquired by Lenovo. ThinkPads have a distinct black, boxy design language, inspired by a Japanese bento lunchbox, which originated in 1990 and is still used in some models. Most models also feature a red-colored trackpoint on the keyboard, which has become an iconic and distinctive design characteristic associated with the ThinkPad line.
LG/IBM (1996–2004, only for South Korea branding)
Acer (1998–2002, i series only)
|Release date||October 1992|
|Units sold||100 million+ (c. 2017)|
|CPU||AMD APU, AMD RyzenIntel Core i3/i5/i7/i9 or Xeon|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon (Pro), Nvidia GeForce/Quadro|
|Marketing target||Business purpose|
|Predecessor||IBM PS/2 noteIBM PS/55note|
The ThinkPad line was first developed at the IBM Yamato Facility in Japan, and the first ThinkPads were released in October 1992. It has seen significant success in the business market. ThinkPad laptops have been used in outer space and for many years were the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station. ThinkPads have also for several years been one of the preferred laptops used by the United Nations.