Welcome to the ultimate ThinkPad laptop quiz for older and newer models. There is a neat reward for you at the end if you like classic ThinkPads!
There is only one correct answer per question. You have to count your points yourself because I don’t know how to integrate automatic quiz counting into free WordPress. Grant yourself one point for a correct (green) answer and minus one point per false (red) answer.
1. What company introduced ThinkPads?
That’s right, IBM introduced ThinkPads.
2. What company is selling ThinkPads now?
That’s right, Lenovo sells ThinkPads now.
3. The original analog IBM ThinkPads were?
That’s right, the original ThinkPads from IBM were simple paper notepads hence the name “pad”.
4. IBM ThinkPad laptops were developed at?
IBM Yamato Facility
That’s right, ThinkPad laptops were developed in Japan in the IBM Yamato Facility.
IBM Tucson Facility
IBM Somalia Facility
IBM Geneva Facility
5. Who is called the “Father of ThinkPads”?
That’s right, Arimasa Naito is the Japanese engineer & product designer who had joined IBM in the 1970s
6. Who designed the first ThinkPad laptops?
Korrekt, German industrial designer Richard Sapper designed the first ThinkPad laptops.
7. What was the design of ThinkPads inspired by?
That’s right, the iconic black slab design and color scheme was inspired by a Japanese bento lunchbox.
Ancient stone stele
8. What was IBM’s name for the red pointing stick?
That’s right, IBM TrackPoint was the branded name for the pointing stick.
9. What TrackPoint shape does not exist?
That’s right, no such thing as a “Classic Flat” TrackPoint shape.
10. What are the colors of the older IBM letters in order?
That’s right, we had red-green-blue IBM letters on older ThinkPads.
11. What year was that first ThinkPad laptop released?
That’s right, the first IBM ThinkPad laptops were released in 1992.
12. What was the first IBM ThinkPad laptop model called?
That’s right, the first model was the IBM ThinkPad 700 released in 1992, later renamed to 700t. The ThinkPad 300 was released alongside (?) as a cheaper, lower performance model.
13. The naming scheme for the first ThinkPad models was inspired by?
That’s right, the first ThinkPad model names were inspired by BMW 3, 5 and 7 series cars with 300 as the entry line, 500 as mid-range and 700 as the premium line.
Japanese Imperial dynasties
14. What ThinkPad model does not exist?
That’s right, there never was an “IBM T31” model. The successor to the problematic Pentium-4 based T30 was the Pentium-M based T40.
15. What ThinkPad s-model does not exist?
That’s right, there never was an “IBM X40s” because the s-naming scheme for s-models was not yet implemented. The X40/41 from 2004-06 were the slime-line alternatives to the contemporary X30-X32.
16. What ThinkPad series did never exist?
That’s right, there never was a ThinkPad D-series unlike for example the L430, R40 or G40.
17. What was the first small and light ThinkPad X-model?
That’s right, the IBM ThinkPad X20 was the first X-model released in 2000.
18. What are the markers for powerful ThinkPad models?
P and W
That’s right, originally p was added to more powerful variants like the T60p. Later the W series was introduced, for example the W530 and now the P-series, for example the P52. Presumably P stands for performance and W for workstation.
A and G
C and F
H and Z
19. What was the ultra-portable ThinkPad 10″ model?
That’s right, the IBM ThinkPad 240 (and 240X or 240Z model) was a tiny 10.4″ display laptop from 1999.
20. What were the original ThinkPad tablet models?
ThinkPads with a rotating and invertible touchscreen
That’s right, ThinkPad tablets like the X220t could physically rotate and invert their screen and function similar to a standard laptop or a pure tablet.
ThinkPads with an extended TrackPad
ThinkPads with an extra slim design
ThinkPads with the IBM tablet software manager
21. What was the first ThinkPad T-model that could boot from a USB flash drive?
That’s right, the IBM ThinkPad T23 from 2001 could boot an OS from a USB flash drive unlike the earlier T22.
22. Name the ThinkPad with an inbuilt printer!
That’s right, the ThinkPad 550BJ with BJ for BubbleJet from 1993 (?) included a slim, integrated Canon printer.
23. What was a common issue on some older ThinkPads?
That’s right, a flexing (bending) mainboard in particular on older T40-43 models could create small fractures over time and thus board failures.
24. What was the name of the PowerPC based ThinkPad series?
That’s right, the older 800 series (820, 850, 860) from the mid-90s was based on IBM PowerPC CPU architecture unlike the common X86 architecture.
25. The older, low-cost ThinkPad i-series was co-manufactured by?
That’s right, the unusual ThinkPad i-series was manufactured by Acer to bring down costs for IBM. Examples would be the I1124 or I1800 from the Pentium MMX, II and III era.
26. What TrackPoint profile size does not exist?
Uber Low Profile
That’s right, the TrackPoint profile sizes got flatter over time but there was no Uber Low Profile (yet).
Super Low Profile
Ultra Low Profile
27. What was the first ThinkPad T-model with an Intel GPU option?
That’s right, the T43 from 2005 introduced the first Intel GMA 900 iGPU (optional).
28. What GPU manufacturer did not produce for ThinkPads?
That’s right, Matrox never supplied GPUs for ThinkPads. Earlier ThinkPads used for example ATI (T60), S3 (T23) or NeoMagic (600) GPUs.
29. What was the last ThinkPad T-model with a socketed (exchangeable) CPU?
That’s right, the T440p (unlike the T440) from 2013 was the last T-model with exchangeable CPUs.
30. What ThinkPad had a mini 1.8” hdd?
That’s right, the IBM X40 (and X41) had an unusual mini 1.8″ hard disk drive with 3.3V power unlike the more common 2.5″ drives in other models.
31. What was the highest 4:3 resolution display available for older ThinkPads?
That’s right, a 2048×1536 Super Ultra XGA (SUXGA) IPS display was available via Configured To Order (CTO) for some 15″ models like the R50p.
32. The IBM UltraPort supported what feature?
That’s right, the nonstandard USB 1.1 port on top of older IBM ThinkPad displays supported webcams. Don’t confuse it with the UltraBay.
External optical drives
Pads & stylus input
External graphic cards
33. What UltraBay form factor did not exist?
That’s right, there newer was an UltraBay Watch form factor.
34. What could you not connect to an UltraBay slot?
That’s right, there was no (OEM) external display connection to the UltraBay.
Hard disk drives
35. What was IBM’s name for IPS displays in their ThinkPads?
That’s right, the Flexview name was given to IPS displays for example in the T60 presumably because of their more flexible viewing angles.
36. What unusual display ratio did the first widescreen ThinkPad Z60t have?
That’s right, the first “multimedia” widescreen ThinkPad Z60t introduced in October 2005 had the non-standard 15:9 ratio WXGA 1280 x 768. It was soon superseded by 16:9 or 16:10 models.
37. What ThinkPad had two displays?
That’s right, the ThinkPad W700ds from 2009 was nearly identical to the W700, with the addition of a 10.6-inch (27 cm) secondary sliding screen with a resolution of 1280×760.
38. What ThinkPad introduced the current chiclet keyboard style?
That’s right, the 13.3″ ThinkPad X1 (non-Carbon) from 2011 introduced the “Precision Keyboard” with chiclet style.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Extreme
39. What feature did the 25 years anniversary ThinkPad 25 edition have?
That’s right, the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 (released in 2017 and so 25 years after the first ThinkPad 700 from 1992) had a vintage style 7-row, non-chiclet keyboard layout.
Autograph from Arimasa Naito
4:3 display option
40. What was the Butterfly ThinkPad?
ThinkPad with self folding keyboard
That’s right, the tiny IBM ThinkPad 701 from 1995 had a unique, self folding keyboard.
ThinkPad with special edition colorful IBM logo
ThinkPad with a 180° folding display
Carbon fiber, super light ThinkPad edition
41. What is the name of a modern ultra-portable ThinkPad?
ThinkPad X1 Nano
That’s right, the ThinkPad X1 Nano has a 13″ display and weighs only 2 lb or 0.9 kg.
ThinkPad X1 Pico
ThinkPad X1 Micro
ThinkPad X1 Air
42. What docking device did not exist?
That’s right, there never was a “Basepad” docking system.
43. What was the Active Protection System?
HDD protection system
That’s right, the Active Protection System (APS) protected hard drives from fall damage using an acceleration sensor.
Anti-theft protection system
BIOS lock password
5 year warranty
44. What was the name for the ThinkPad dual battery system?
That’s right, the ThinkPad Power Bridge system was introduced in the X230s as a combination of a non-removable internal battery and a removable external battery. Earlier UltraBays did allow for a second removable battery.
45. The Yoga models support what special feature?
360° foldable screen hinges
That’s right, the Yoga models support 360° foldable screen hinges that allow these ThinkPads to be used like convertible tablets.
46. What ThinkPad uses an AMD CPU?
That’s right, the modern A-series based on the T-Series uses AMD CPUs.
47. What is better to have?
That’s right, four is more than one, two or three and thus better to have.
So, here is your reward if you feel successful enough. Click on the link to an obscure collection of vintage IBM ThinkPads ads from Japan.
Sources are the excellent German thinkwiki.de, the English thinkwiki.org and the standard Wikipedia and my own personal knowledge. If you find mistakes, please comment.