Third party batteries are great for the consumer since they are cheap compared to your laptop manufacturer’s brand. Unfortunately, for companies like Lenovo, this means that they miss out on your money. According to a source, as Lenovo is refreshing its ThinkPad Edge mainstream laptop line, bringing Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors and some USB 3.0 ports in a lighter design, it looks like they will also be the first of the company’s laptops to feature a “Battery Safeguard.”
I know, this isn’t great news for us. But think about how much battery money Lenovo will make from us. You can see how it makes sense for them to do it. Then again, many might just choose another company’s laptop over Lenovo because of this. It’s a double edged sword.
This safeguard will make sure that only official Lenovo batteries work in Lenovo laptops from now on. The laptop will scan for a special new chip that only Lenovo’s battery packs will have installed, and will refuse to work without it. Does this affect your desire to purchase a Lenovo laptop?
Source The Verge