Lenovo's ThinkPad X61 has been the talk of the Tablet community since its release and after spending a few days with it, I can see why. The matte black finish and rugged feel of the X61 is right away appealing. The overall design is solid and its based on the new Intel Santa Rosa platform. It seems that the X61 has taken care of all the flaws its predecessor, the X60, had. Meaning it has better performance, benchmark results and battery life.
Design and Build
The ThinkPad X61 maintains most of the same design features as its predecessor, the X60. All of the X series models have that signature flat black casing which is quite nice. There are no annoying issues with fingerprints on the case, and who said you have to be shiny to look good anyway? The design is very minimalistic, but solid. Out of all the Tablets I have reviewed so far, the X61 is one of my favorites in terms of design, mostly due to its simplicity and functionality.
There is no flex in the overall case and the chassis is sturdy. The X61 Tablet is easy to carry around as well, only weighing in at 3.8lbs. When it was in my notebook case I hardly even noticed the extra weight. Students or on-the-go business professionals may want to take a good look at the X61 because this little Tablet is lightweight and rugged. The X61 has a small hinge, yet it still eliminates almost any hint of screen wobble. It also has the ThinkVantage Active Protection System, which protects the hard drive in the event of a system shocks or drop.
The display on the X61 is nice. I know many users have said that the Lenovo screens are washed out, but I didn't find that to be the case with the X61. It does look a little faded when the screen is mostly white, but colors come through just fine. Especially impressive is that there's no graininess issue with the screen that I've seen on just about every other dual touch screen and pen enabled Tablet I've tested. The only real issue I had was with the screen's brightness. Even when set on the highest setting it was a little dim, which is probably why the screen looks washed out to many users.
Processor and System Performance
The X61 has improved in the performance department compared to the X60, it beat the X60 on all of the benchmarking tests. The Core 2 Duo L7500 1.6GHz processor doesn't have any problems running multiple applications at the same time.
The X61 I reviewed came with 2GB of memory, which is pretty much a necessity when running Vista, but you can get up to 4GB if you are interested. It also had a 100GB (7200 rpm) hard drive, which leaves you plenty of space to store those media files or documents. Boot-up time was a little slow, but nothing major, and that's more a symptom of Vista.
|OS Type||Vista Business|
|CPU||Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.40GHz|
|HDD Size||160 GB|
|Warranty||1 Year Basic Warranty (Carry-In) INCLUDED|
What's in the Box:
- 1 x Lenovo ThinkPad X61
- 1 x Battery
- 1 x Power Adapter
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