Mostly because I think it’s a good machine, but partly because I like my X41 so much and want an X60 and partly for the oh-so-slim chance that someone at Lenovo might decide to send me a free one (like that’d ever happen), here’s some recent stuff on the X60.
First, an observation: if you need an example of an ironclad bond between a user and their machine, look closely at tablet computer users. In my case, along with true persistent wireless connectivity it’s literally changed how I view personal computing. My tablet, a Lenovo X60 convertible notebook, is the first thing I pack when I leave my house. Leave my shaving gear at home? It happens. Forget to pack enough undershirts? JC Penney’s is a nationwide chain, so that’s not a problem either. Leave my power supply in my car? Well, I regularly get six hours of battery life out of my beloved X60, so I’ll get by until a kinsmen can overnight the power supply to me.
Filled with exciting new features that include a touch screen, that can be viewed indoors or out and built in EDVO, The new Lenovo X60 has convinced this die hard slate style Tablet PC user that it was time to switch to a convertible. (Which for the record was no easy task) Before my first week with a pre production X60 Tablet PC was over, I knew that if the production unit of the X60 was everything the pre production unit was, there was going to be a new Editors Choice Tablet PC at TabletPc2.com.
I’ve had the Lenovo X60 Tablet PC for about a week now and the system is configured for my trip to Seattle for the Microsoft Global MVP Summit next week (after a quick weekend in Phoenix to see some spring training baseball and an Eric Clapton show). I’m happy to report that my first impressions are almost universally positive.
Even though Lenovo’s latest feels like it packs a lot of yesterday’s tech, it’s still a capable machine, at least for business users. The ThinkPad X60 doesn’t truck with such trappings as a touchpad or a widescreen LCD. This is strictly old-school: Its charms displayed on a 12.1-inch TFT and powered by a 1.83GHz Core Duo (and our test unit even ran XP instead of Vista). A few newish frills await the patient: Integrated WAN from Verizon, a touchscreen that works with pen or fingertip, and a surprisingly low 4.6-pound weight. With a battery life of more than four hours (thanks to a giant Frankenbattery), it easily trumps most notebooks in longevity.
The good: Lightweight, portable design; comfortable stylus and keyboard; screen automatically rotates when you adjust tablet position; touch screen is usable in direct sunlight.The bad: Expensive; lacks S-Video port; price does not include an optical drive.
The bottom line: The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet strikes the best compromise between a ultraportable tablet and a full-featured laptop.
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