Lenovo ThinkPad X60

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The Lenovo X60 ThinkPad Tablet PC

I've really been waiting for this one!  I love the X41 and have been wondering for some time what its replacement would be like.

I can't wait to put Windows Vista on this machine, but as it came with XP, I thought it only fair to do the first review on the Tablet as it came out of the box.

My expectations tend to be pretty high. When I finally get my hands on a unit, there are usually more things that I don't like than I thought there would be.  There have been only a few exceptions to this, and the X60 is certainly one of them.  There isn't much to dislike and a lot to love.

Specifications are excellent.  There's a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor and a 945GM chipset along with a 1Gb of ram on the demo machine.  Good for Lenovo!!!  I've reviewed machines that have been basically crippled because they were sent out with a minimum amount of ram.  The Lenovo X60 can handle up to 4G of ram.

What did I notice immediately?  There's no doubt in my mind that the X60 has the resolution that everyone has been asking for! 

The 1400x1050 resolution is sparkling on the XSGA+ screen.  This should please anyone who's been asking for better resolution on a Tablet.  It's wide-angle viewing at its finest!

What else is new about the X60?  There's a long list and you can find all the specifications on The Tablet PC's Comparison Charts.

I've just recently received the Tablet, so I'm still putting it through its paces.  I'll be posting more as I learn more, but I wanted to give you some of my first impressions.  Here are some of my favorites -

  • There's a Windows key!  This makes using some of the new Vista features much easier without the need to map a key
  • The navigation buttons are much easier to use now in Tablet mode
  • The screen automatically changes from landscape to portrait as well as primary and secondary positions depending on how you hold the screen
  • The included pen now has an eraser
  • Improved battery life - up to 9 hours
  • The high speed hard drive. The Lenovo X60 comes with either a 5400RPM 120Gb drive or the even faster 7200RPM 100G.  I'll take the speed over the size. Either choice is a big improvement over the standard 4200RPM drives we've seen in earlier Tablets.  Even better - the X60's drive is shock mounted
  • Integrated WAN card and antenna
  • The new portable dock - lightweight and easy to take along when travelling

Other new features include 801.11n MIMO wireless, an improved speaker and a better microphone that's located on the screen bezel, IEE1394 and an additional USB port.

Is everything perfect?  No.  For example, you'll be able to see just how many things are loaded in the systray on boot.  I like to pick what I need running when I start, but since many users won't know what to remove (or how), I'm running with all enabled.  After I use it this way for a while, it will be interesting to see how much snappier the X60 is without all the extras loaded. 

I do like the new base.  Since it's lighter and has all the connections I'll need, it will end up on my list of "must haves."

The UltraBase includes:

  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA
  • Mic In
  • Headphone Out
  • Speakers
  • RJ-11 Modem
  • RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Parallel and Serial Ports
  • Cable Lock Slot
  • Key Lock Security

There's also a model for touch/pen available, but its resolution is still at 1024x768.  On the plus side, though, there's an option for an indoor/outdoor screen.  I'll be reviewing it soon.

Some models are available for pre-order.  If the X60 is as popular as the X41 was when first released, I wouldn't be surprised to see some delays for later orders.

Although it's Lenovo, it still shows IBM's ThinkPad logo

1394, 2 USB, headphones, mic, modem and power

Exhaust fan, USB, VGA, Ethernet, PCMCIA and SD slot

Back of X60

DVD Drive in dock

Additional ports in dock

Slate mode while in dock

Programs in systray

X41 Pen (top) X60 Pen (bottom)

X41 with 2 buttons (top) X60 with 1 button (bottom)

Dual Core w/ 1G ram

Lenovo also sent a couple of things that should work well with its Tablet.  First is a very nice Web cam.   Then, there's an analog headphones/mic combo that I'm looking forward to trying with Tablet's speech recognition.

I'll be doing a review on both items as I use them. 


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