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Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is the retro-styled laptop of dreams

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ThinkPad 25

It’s 25-years since IBM first launched the iconic ThinkPad laptop and the company’s current custodian Lenovo is apparently in the mood to celebrate.

Images and purported specs for the retro-styled ThinkPad 25 have appeared online, courtesy of the German site WinFuture.

The Anniversary Edition carries many of the hallmarks of the original, including, of course, the red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard.

It has a blue Enter button, the old school coloured ThinkPad logo to the right of the trackpad and the traditional array of mouse buttons with red accents.

ThinkPad 25

Elsewhere it’s a very modern beast. According to the report, it has a 14-inch 1080p IPS display and an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM.

There’s a 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card. The blog says it’ll have LTE, as well as Windows Hello support through the built-in webcam and fingerprint scanner.

Related: ThinkPad Yoga X1 review

In terms of ports, there’s USB-C access as well as a Thunderbolt 3 port and three traditional USB slots.

Just like Lenovo’s T-470 there’s added connectivity in the way of an SD card reader, HDMI out and an Ethernet port.

October-bound?

There’s no word yet on exactly when the ThinkPad 25 will join Lenovo’s line up, but as The Verge points out, the anniversary of the original’s launch is in October.

It has been quite a year for retro tech, with the SNES Classic and Nokia 3310 among the highlights.

Let’s hope the ThinkPad 25 is more the former than the latter.

What have been your favorite retro-themed gadgets of 2017? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

 

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The Best Heating Pad

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Our pick for best heating pad, the Pure Enrichment Pure Relief XL King Size heating pad, on top of a white blanket.

After sorting through hundreds of reviews for dozens of look-alike models, interviewing a doctor, a safety expert, and a journalist obsessed with back pain, and then testing seven top contenders, we’d recommend Pure Enrichment’s Pure Relief XL King Size Heating Pad for those who want rapid, reliable heat—dry or moist. It warms up quickly and has twice as many granular heat settings as other pads we researched and tested, its backlit-display-possessing controller is easier to grasp and operate, its power cord is easier to pop out when you need to wash the pad’s cover, its two-hour auto shut-off function can be disabled, and testers preferred the overall feel of this pad to all others we assessed.

The Best Compression Socks for Most People

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Three different pairs of compression socks. One pair is on a person's feet, and the other two are lying on either side of said feet atop a chunky off-white knit carpet.

To find the best compression socks for most people, we consulted folks who wear them for all manner of situations: while working on their feet, during pregnancy, while running, after working out, while traveling, and just because. After considering dozens of socks, we tested nine pairs and found that the Sockwell Elevation Firm Socks (women’s and men’s) have the best balance of features: They are comfortably snug but still easy to put on, maintain their elasticity following multiple washes, come in ample size and color options, cost half what other top brands do, and are downright stylish compared with all of the other socks we considered.

Affording a Tesla Model S is about to become more challenging

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Model S

Tesla has confirmed it is removing it’s most affordable Model S sedan from the range.

Starting this Sunday, the rear-wheel drive Tesla S 75 model, priced from $69,500, will no longer be available for sale.

That means the all-wheel drive, dual motor 75D will now be the cheapest Model S on the market at $74,500.

Electrek reports that orders will be taken through Sunday night, but after that the model will be removed from Tesla’s online design studio.

Related: Is the Model S the ultimate rental car?

Rather than simply raising the entry level for the Model S, Tesla’s thinking is likely geared to the new Model 3.

The less expensive sedan, which is starting to roll out to the first pre-order customers, is now the only rear-wheel drive in the firm’s garage.

This move also creates a greater price gap between the premium Model S and the $35,000 Model 3, which is geared towards a more mainstream audience.

The company will likely be wary of crossover potentially canibalising sales.

With Model 3 delivery well underway, Elon Musk’s company is preparing to announce its next vehicle.

The company is preparing to reveal the “beast” of an all-electric semi truck on October 26.

Were you saving up for a Model S? Or are you thinking of jumping on a Model 3? Send us your thoughts @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

 

 

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Dear Wirecutter: What Adventure Duffel Bag Should My Son Bring on His Travels?

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Q: We have a son who has planned a trip to surf in the Maldives. I’d like to send him new luggage … a birthday present … before his trip. He’ll fly from LA to Dubai and then to somewhere in the Indian Ocean, change planes to a small (probably) prop plane, and then will reside on a boat for ten days. I read with interest your review this morning about luggage, but I think a duffel is better for this trip. He’ll need the length for his fins. The spear gun won’t be allowed, so puncture issues aren’t so important. The water may not require a wetsuit, but if he takes one, they’re heavy and bulky. One of our other boys uses a Patagonia bag for his mountain climbing ventures; his cramp-ons and ice picks don’t puncture the bag. Would love a review of bags for the adventuresome.

The Best Tabletop Radio

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Our pick for the best tabletop radio, the Sangean WR-11. It has a large tuning knob, two knobs to control volume and AM/FM.

After seven days of fiddling with knobs, adjusting antennas, and listening to endless AM and FM broadcasts using six top-rated radios, we think the best tabletop radio for most people is the Sangean WR-11. It has the simple controls, inviting sound, and accurate tuning you need from a tabletop radio wrapped in a wooden cabinet that’s as well-built as it is beautiful. Yet it costs roughly half as much as its better-known competition.