For our ThinkPad engineers, putting the user's needs first is the essence of everything they do – which means that compliance with international standards is only the beginning.

Alongside the regulation tests and the more rigorous Mil-SPEC 810G standards our engineers have devised innovative testing methods that subject our machines to an even more stringent examination – ensuring you can depend on your ThinkPad year after year.

At Think, we know that it is just as important to understand not only what a customer does with their ThinkPad, but also what they do to it. Not all users pick up their laptop with both hands, use a protective bag or shut down their machine before traveling. Who has time for all that? We are passionate about designing products to fit the user's lifestyle, not the other way around. Consequently, our tests are designed to emulate real-world user behaviour over long periods of time – with all the ups, downs, knocks and scrapes that come with a life in a busy work environment.

We use sensor-laden test units to measure and map the pressures and forces exerted on a machine and its parts during everyday use. Based on that data, individual components are then put through their paces and the assembled product is tested to extremes, so whatever a ThinkPad encounters throughout its lifecycle, it will pick itself up and keep on going.

Our engineers recognize that one-off knocks and long term wear and tear represent two very different kinds of stress on today's laptops. ThinkPads are designed to be durable – to keep on performing at their peak for as long as you need them to – as well as robust enough to handle those little accidents that could spell disaster for a lesser machine.