It's All About the Marketing
You don't arrive at a gem of a name like "ThinkPad" right off the bat.
You would think a nice little laptop like this Lenovo ThinkPad 15.6" Core i5 Laptop would sell itself: 4GB DDR3 memory, 320GB Hard Drive, and a 15.6" LED-backlit HD widescreen display are what the kids like these days, right? It's a little black pad that thinks. It's a ThinkPad! But it took a lot of rejected names before they decided on that one, including: