IBM ThinkPad Tablet - X61 Tablet Review
By Kent Lee
Lenovo, with its IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 computer, has provided the computer world with a sleek, highly portable, and highly versatile convertible PC notebook of the kind is highly in demand by people who are always on the go, such as university students, field reps, entrepreneurs, and soccer moms. In addition, it's very simply a tool totally designed for geeks such as the helplessly computer enamored and professional writers and journalists.
Lenovo's beloved X series of personal convertible electronic notebooks continues its evolution of the electronic tablet with the IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61, an improvement even over its 'PC Magazine' Editor's choice, the forerunner X41, while taking care of the flaws of the in-between X60 (more efficient performance, longer battery life, and higher testers' scores against industry expectations).
The IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 takes miniaturization to another level while improving computational power and versatility. This is a good thing, although some PC users might be somewhat irritated at times with the Munchkinization that can make typing a little more of a challenge for those with larger than average sized hands, especially men.
TheIBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 has been all the rage in the PC savvy world since it was released last year. It sports what is still considered to be the very best laptop keyboard in the industry and a sturdy, rugged, sleek black matte finish over a light circuitry chassis (made with light-but-strong magnesium alloy), and it's almost instantly ready as soon as you get it out of the box. The ThinkPad X61's electronics were based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform, which was the very first x86 (Core and Pentium CPU chips) chip platform to be introduced for PCs back in 2003. The X61 Tablet's powerful Core 2 Duo processor (X61 models come customized with your choice of the R, T, X, or Z family) is in the direct line of descent from this platform.
Because of its target audience, the IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 does not give in to the industry warming trend of the wide screen, but keeps the standard 12" screen, keeping vertical scrolling needs lesser. Not only does it have, despite its miniaturization, the full-sized keyboard that made the X41 so beloved, it also features cutting edge TrackPoint pointer-stick technology that is simply unmatched. The ThinkPad X61 Tablet's one of a kind 180° swivel hinge allows cutting edge screen swivel-and-flip mobility ideal for note-taking, writing, database management, and collaborating.
The IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 is fully compatible with Windows Vista and it can be fitted with embedded WWAN (wireless wide area network, or "wireless broadband"), adding even more to its on-the-go versatility. It's also very easy to use function keys that enable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology. However, the X61 Tablet has been criticized by some for not having a built-in optical drive (Lenovo offers a separate, attachable docking station but that weights two pounds, and the built-in optical option was kept out for the sake of weight in the first place).
Starting prices for the IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 typically begin a little over $1,500 before configuration. Some find the X61 Tablet pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Starting prices for the IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC X61 typically begin a over $1,500 but you can find this popular IBM ThinkPad Tablet PC for much less at: IBM | Lenovo Thinkpad X Type Series Laptops
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