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
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
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
- 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