We're admittedly confused by the press release for Lenovo's ThinkPad Reserve that went across the wires this morning. We already wrote about the leather case, the white-glove service and support, and the (ahem) $5,000 price tag in June. The formerly secretive marketing Web site has had plenty of specs available for months. But today, it seems, marks the official unveiling of the fancy-pants limited-edition laptop, which was created to celebrate the ThinkPad's 15th anniversary.
Ducati isn't the only company fond of color schemes in red and black. Nintendo is apparently planning a limited-edition "Crimson/Black" DS Lite to mark the coming release of its Brain Age 2 title, accompanied by the game and a matching traveling case in a special package deal.
Electronista says Canadian retail chain Future Shop disclosed the plans inadvertently, and the page that listed it has apparently been taken down. It reportedly put the price at $153, about $10 more than the cost of a standard DS Lite alone.
When we think of gadgets and crystal, the name Swarovski invariably comes to mind. (We hope this doesn't say more about us than anything else.) So it is with great pleasure that we're able to mention an adorned item that doesn't have anything to do with the dreaded House of S.
The "Tivoli Model One" radio is encased in handcrafted crystal designed by Scandanavian artist Per B. Sundberg, according to Techabob, in limited-edition form. Very limited, in fact--only 30 of them are available at ScandinavianDesign, and for good reason. They cost $4,200 each.
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Pink may be everywhere, but we're old-fashioned: We think the ultimate pastel looks best on portable gadgets, including laptops. It also helps when a product is designed from scratch with a particular color or design in mind, rather than just pasted on as an ill-advised afterthought.
To that end, Fujitsu has done right by the color with its "Limited Pink Edition LifeBook P7230 Notebook. Gizmodiva says the fashionable laptop weighs in at a svelte 2.63 pounds but also has some specs to boast about, such as an Intel Core Duo U1400 chip of the "Ultra Low … Read more
It's about as exciting as its pink cousin, but the Zune will reportedly be coming out in a red version on June 10. (It's also about as timely, coming some seven months after the red iPod made its debut.)
There's no indication of any Bono connection to Microsoft's latest limited edition, and Engadget says its shade appears to be more of a duller watermelon than the iPod's fire-engine hue. Some might find some appropriate symbolism here--but not us, of course.
Either way, we're going way out on a limb and predicting that it'll … Read more
It's taken awhile, but Lenovo seems to have caught onto the whole limited-edition marketing trend, especially for luxury laptops. Only a few weeks after introducing its "Cloud of Promise" laptop commemorating the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese PC maker has gone live with a Web site that cryptically teases a "ThinkPad Reserve Edition."
Electronista notes that the site implies a leather casing, speculating that it will likely include features using the latest Santa Rosa technology, but no details have been confirmed. (What's the deal with leather these days, anyway?) It will be interesting to see … Read more
To be clear, that's a Dell computer, not Michael Dell now on display in the halls of the Smithsonian.
Dell, who earlier this year was reinstalled as CEO of the company he founded, donated his employee badge, a new Dell PC, and an original computer from PC Limited (Dell's original brand) made in 1985 to the National Air and Space Museum. The collection of items opened Thursday in Washington, D.C., as part of a temporary exhibit called "Treasures of American History."
An Altair computer, first-generation IBM PC and original Apple Macintosh are already in the … Read more
Ferrari's marketing department is apparently as finicky as the legendary brand's automobiles. That, at least, is the only explanation we can assume given its fickle nature on branded mobile phones.
Just a few months after announcing a custom Motorazr Maxx V6 that bore its nameplate, Ferrari has already made a sharp turn to another manufacturer: luxury handset maker Vertu, which will produce the "Ascent Ferrari 1947 Limited Edition" to mark the automaker's 60th birthday.
As for the specs, we'll leave you with Tech Digest's summary: "To match the year, there's 1947 … Read more
Regular readers of this space know that we're given to the occasional rant against silly special or limited editions, but this is one we can get behind: a "Blaze" MP4 player from Dutch company Sweex that comes preloaded with a trailer of Mr. Bean's Holiday. The player otherwise seems fairly unremarkable, available in 1GB black and 2GB pink for about $93 and $117 respectively. But there's one more thing--if you do buy one, you could win a ticket to the premiere of the movie.
AT&T rolled out a new security portal today called Smart Limits. Designed for parents who want to monitor all aspects of their children's activities, the site provides instructions for parental controls of the Internet, cellular phones, television watching, and regular landline telephone calls. There is one catch, though: all the information is for AT&T's services, so it's not going to work on your Comcast cable box or Verizon cell phone.