ThinkPad: Cyber Monday and Black Friday 2011 Deals

The Lenovo ThinkPad is on my list for Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, because I want a tablet by the end of the year. Ok, I said it! I've waited long enough! I thought I wanted an Apple iPad but I waited, so I thought I wanted an iPad 2, but then I read about the HP TouchPad, but they're really hard to find, and then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad, but now I'm considering the Lenovo ThinkPad 16GB or 32GB.

Imagine a tablet, built for business, that can properly display all the Adobe Flash sites on the web. Why is this such a big deal for some machines? The Lenovo Thinkpad 16GB or 32GB runs Android Honeycomb 3.1Lenovo ThinkPad tabletCredit: Lenovo OS. It has a number of slots like an SD Card, USB 2.0, and mini HDMI, and it's tough -- built with Corning's Gorilla glass screen, but only weighs about 1.6 pounds. It's set up to edit, view, or create a range of files with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). And knowing that business runs on Acrobat (PDF) and Google docs as well, that's covered. They also integrated their own wireless printer utility, which is a must.

ya yaCredit: yayeThe ThinkPad has home, back, rotation lock, and web buttons. With the multiple slots, these buttons show that Lenovo has a lot of design experience that they bring from their other products that they wanted on their tablet. 

Lenovo, a pretty big company in Asia, has its own app store, and you also have access to the Android app store for your ThinkPad. The company pre-loaded the device with some apps to get you started, and we all know that the usefulness of a device is proven by all the vailable apps. It has the Amazon Kindle app so it's going to work as a book reader, and comes with Netflix and mSpot for movie streaming and rentals. It has a number of Hardwood game titles pre-loaded, including Angry Birds. Of course, it has two cameras: front and rear facing (2 megapixel and 5 megapixel, respectively). They have Slacker Radio and mSpot's music service as well.

The Lenovo ThinkPad is designed to dock in a keyboard portfolio for extended typing, and they have updated the stylus idea with their own digitizer pen. It seems like it's mostly for marking up PDF files and some other specific note-taking software. I like that they have integrated remote security software for locating the device, freezing it, or if necessary, wiping it. (That's from Absolute Software).

If it's a business purchase, you could probably write this off on your taxes! (Check with your tax preparer, CPA, or accountant to be sure this is a deduction you can take!) Many small and medium businesses are beginning to equip all of their employees with devices lik these because the prices are so much better than laptops. And who really needs to be tied down to a desk all day, when you can have a powerful portable gadget like the Lenovo ThinkPad 16GB or 32GB. Look for Cyber Monday or Black Friday sales and deals! It's definitely worth checking out.