has confirmed that it is to sell
its ThinkPad notebooks
and new Lenovo 3000 series
PCs at Best Buy
, as the company tries to move more into the U.S. retail market. Lenovo, who acquired IBM
's PC business, already sells some PCs at Office Depot
, but selling through Best Buy provides them with a very consumer-oriented sales channel. Introduced in March, the 3000 series PCs are the low-cost complement to the ThinkPad brand.
ThinkPads are primarily sold to businesses. They tend to be more expensive than similarly configured notebooks sold by other PC vendors, but often come with business-friendly features such as file recovery software. The brand hasn't been marketed to consumers in several years, but Lenovo has expressed interest in selling the PCs to a wider audience since it agreed to purchase IBM's PC business in December 2004.