It’s been 30 years since IBM shipped the first ThinkPad-branded laptop. Lenovo, which acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005, is celebrating the milestone with a new 30th-anniversary edition of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10.
While this special edition laptop is basically a high-spec version of an existing laptop that launched earlier this year, there are a few key things that help set the Anniversary Edition model apart.
First, it has the classic ThinkPad logo on the lid and palm rest, with a little more color than the current logo. Lenovo also says the TrackPoint caps are also retro-style. And the laptop has a special woven carbon fiber top cover.
It also comes with 30th anniversary Edition packaging and a collector’s booklet. And it’s a limited-edition model. Lenovo only plans to offer 5,000 units to worldwide customers, along with 1,000 more designed for Lenovo (where the first ThinkPads were developed). Each unit will be numbered.
One other thing setting the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 30th Anniversary Edition apart from the non-anniversary models? It’s more expensive, with prices ranging from $3,439 to $4,169 (although you can save $100 right now by using the coupon THINK30ANNI at checkout).
The starting price is for a model with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, while the higher-priced configuration has a Core i7-1270P processor, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
Both models have 14 inch, 3840 x 2400 pixel IPS LCD displays, support for fingerprint and face unlock, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0b port, and headset jack.
Don’t care about the classic ThinkPad logo? You can save an awful lot of money – prices currently range from about $1320 for an entry-level model to $2,515 for a higher-spec configuration with a Core i7-1280P processor, a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
This isn’t the first time Lenovo has launched Anniversary Edition laptops. The company brought a 25th Anniversary Edition ThinkPad to market five years ago. That model featured a ThinkPad Classic keyboard and old school status LED lights as well as the old classic ThinkPad logo.
Lenovo seems to be taking a much more subtle approach to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ThinkPad brand. At a glance it would be hard to tell the special edition laptop apart from Lenovo’s slightly less-special versions of the same notebook.
This article was first published September 30, 2022 and most recently updated October 5, 2022.