Lenovo, Ducati team up for limited-edition laptop

Two years ago, Lenovo brought its technology to the racetrack by becoming the key technology partner of Ducati which itself has “undergone a transformation (as) computer technology and artificial intelligence are reshaping motorsport in unprecedented ways.” 

Lenovo’s branding can be seen on Ducati racing bikes and MotoGP riders’ uniforms. Now, for the first time, Lenovo and Ducati collaborate for a special-edition thin and light laptop called the Lenovo Ducati 5.

Debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, the laptop is said to build “around making an emotional connection between the two brands. These are fans who value high performance in motorsports as well as in their personal devices and want to express their connection to Ducati both on and off the track. For this laptop, we harnessed that same passion for Ducati design, considering all the details, to deliver fans a PC they could love as much as their bike.”

The Lenovo Ducati 5 features wrap-around racing stripes, a colorful gift box, and companion carrying sleeve with an emblazoned Ducati shield.  Said Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group’s vice president for design, Brian Leonard. “It has been an honor to co-create something together, something new and premium that people can’t wait to get their hands on as they roll out to market… Much of the deep emotional connection that customers feel as they consider the new Lenovo Ducati 5 was purposeful.”

The executive maintained that each element that went into the laptop “was no accident (and) there was zero chance we were just going to slap a logo on something—the materials, finishes and colors used all had to meet a high standard.” 

Only 12,000 Lenovo Ducati 5s will be made, and it is expected to be a highly-collectible device “intended for fans to show off their deep-rooted passion for Ducati.” 

The model is a premium 14-inch Windows 10 laptop promising up to 12 hours of battery life with Rapid Charge for speedy battery pit-stops. It boasts 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processors, Intel integrated graphics, upward-facing speakers, and Dolby Audio for clearer sound without distortion. 

Additionally, it has fast WiFi 6 connectivity and a 14-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display with razor-thin bezels for wide-angle viewing and in-plane switching (IPS) up to 300 nits bright. A USB-C port makes it capable of fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps. An optional white backlit keyboard is available, along with an integrated fingerprint reader in the power button supported by Windows Hello for faster log in. An HD webcam has an integrated privacy shutter, and supercharged memory (with 8 GB DDR4) and storage (1TB SSD PCIe). 

With its sleek lines, premium metallic chassis components the laptop weighs just 3.48lbs (1.58kg) and is 0.66 inches (16.9mm) thin. 

The special edition 14-inch Lenovo Ducati 5 will be available in select markets by April.

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