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Lenovo ThinkPad X201s

NotebookReview Staff

...The Lenovo ThinkPad X201s is a 12.1-inch screen ultraportable laptop weighing under 3lbs that offers the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.  The X201s has an amazing 6+ hour battery life, integrated touchpad and pointing stick, full sized keyboard and the typical excellent ThinkPad build quality users have come to expect.... Read full article

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ThinkPad X300 Information Leaks Out

Charles P. Jefferies

...Before you plunk down $2,000 on a MacBook Air notebook you might want to pay attention to information leaked out on the competing Lenovo ThinkPad X300. It's rumored to be as light as the MacBook Air but has more useful features such as a removable battery, built-in optical drive and three USB ports.ThinkPad X300 image courtesy of Gizmodo (view large image) The information leak for the ThinkPad X300 comes from Gizmodo and certainly looks to be real, the pictures and information come from a Lenovo internal powerpoint document. ...The excellent screen resolution of 1440 x 900 on the X300 also outdoes the MacBoook Air's resolution of 1280 x 800. ... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad X120e

NotebookReview Staff

...At just under 3 lbs, the 11.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X120e is an ultraportable netbook with Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) or Professional (64-bit). ... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

NotebookReview Staff

...Sleek and stylish the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is the perfect piece of eye candy for the gadget lover. Its curved unsymmetrical design allows the Windows 8 convertible notebook tablet to stand out from the monotony, and its thin light frame and long-lasting battery ensures that the device is great for travel. ...However, equipped with only an Intel Atom processor and integrated Power VR graphics this tablet/notebook isn't quite powerful enough to take full advantage of its OS and more demanding applications.... Read full article

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New IBM ThinkPad X40: Thinnest, Lightest ThinkPad Ever

abaxter

...The ThinkPad X31 now features Intel Pentium-M processors up to 1.7GHz (7), with a travel weight of 3.6 pounds. ...Both the ThinkPad X40 and the ThinkPad X31 features updated versions of Access Connections and Access IBM. ...Prices for the ThinkPad X40 start at $1,499, while the ThinkPad X31 starts at $1,349. ... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61 User Review

philfna

...Overview and IntroductionThe Lenovo ThinkPad X61 12.1” ultraportable notebook was released by Lenovo this year as a replacement for the X60.  The X61 provides a nice chipset, processor, and graphics refresh to the X60 with the adoption of Intel’s GM965 Express chipset which features the X3100 integrated graphics adapter.  In addition, optional features such as integrated Wireless WAN connectivity, turbo memory, and fingerprint security enhance the X61’s functionality.Lenovo ThinkPad X61s on the left, X61 on the right (view large image)There are a few models in the X61 family, and this review covers the plain vanilla X61 12.1” notebook model.  The X61 family also features a tablet pc convertible notebook and an “ultimate battery life” X61s ThinkPad.  The laptop that being reviewed is equipped as follows:SpecsProcessor: Intel T7300 Core 2 Duo (2.0Ghz, 800 MHz FSB, 4MB cache)Graphics: Intel GMAX3100Operating System: Vista BusinessDisplay: XGA TFT 1024 x 768Hard Drive: 120 GB 5400 RPM Hitachi TravelstarMemory: 2GB (1GB x 1GB) up to 4 GB max PC5300 (667 MHz)Ports: 3 USB, 1 FireWire, 1 Monitor out, modem, Ethernet 10/100/1000, headphone out, microphone inSlots: 1 PC Card Slot, 1 media card readerOptical Drive: None (ultra base with optical drive is optional)Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 3945ABGDimensions: 10.6” x 8.3” x 1.4”Weight: 3.1 lbsBattery: 4 cell 2600 mAh  (runtime 3.9 hours)TPM chip with fingerprint securityBluetooth 2.0+EDRPrice as configured $1299.00 (plus $69 for 2 gigs of memory from third party)Reasons for BuyingI was looking for a full featured laptop that had the power of a desktop in an ultra portable form factor to allow for less strain when traveling; also there was a certain amount of “wow” factor being looked for when considering which unit to get.  Toshiba’s Portege was also considered as well as a Macbook Pro, but the ThinkPad’s classic design, power, and reputation for quality build convinced me to get the X61.Design & BuildThinkPad X61 (view large image)The first thing noticed when opening up the box for the X61 was the absence of the IBM logo, it is now replaced with the ThinkPad X series badge on the outside and inside.  The ThinkPad pointing stick buttons are still missing the red and blue lines present in previous iterations of the X-series.  The X-series has always been designed for people on the go, and sacrifices an optical drive to drop carrying weight.  At 3.1 pounds it meets portability need exceedingly well.  The X61 has an optional ultrabase docking station for when you’re at your desk and need more ports.Thickness of X61 compared to Blackberry Pearl (view large image)The case is made of tough and rugged plastic, and presents no flex.  The brushed metal hinges are sturdy and don’t have a cheap feel that other laptops have. The X61 has the ThinkPad’s legendary solid keyboard that has a nice response to the fingers; other laptop keyboards can often feel cheap relative to this.  It is of course a bit cramped for those used to a larger desktop keyboard.Keyboard view of X61s and X61 (view large image)The X61’s form factor makes it ideal for being a light weight companion in a briefcase, and with its solid construction it feels safe throwing it in with other files and books.  There is a sort of understated grace to the X61.  The ultra thin lid with the tiny, but strong hinges gives a feeling of elegance that run of the mill notebooks don’t have.  The X61 doesn’t feel cheap at all, which in itself is a powerful feature of the notebook.Upgrades and Optional FeaturesThe number one recommended upgrade would be the addition of more memory beyond the stock 1 GB provided in the base configuration.  Choosing to save I did the memory upgrade after purchasing the unit.  The memory slots are easily accessible underneath the unit.  The X61 takes PC-5300 memory, and will allow up to a maximum of 4 GB of memory although 32-bit OS’s may report lesser amounts due to addressing limitations....When trying  to use this as a portable DVD player the sound was too quiet  to hear without being in an absolutely dead silent room.  A great add-on would be noise cancellation headphones to really make the sound experience quite a bit more enjoyable with the unit.PortsThe X61 has the standard array of 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 firewire, and a media card reader.  The media card reader came in handy for ReadyBoost, but the other ports are plain vanilla.  One port missing many users seem to need is an S-video out port.  I also wonder when DVI ports will begin replacing the VGA ports found on today’s units.Left SideLeft side view of X61 on top of X61s (view large image)Right side view of X61 on top of X61s (view large image)Processor and PerformanceIn terms of performance the X61 really shines with the Intel Santa Rosa chipset. ...  Well, Office 2007 applications probably won’t see a huge difference given that they run just so fast, but math intensive applications like stats packages, video encoding, etc. should see a significant boost.   We were happy to report that the X61 handled everything we threw at it with ease.  The X3100 integrated graphics are a big step up from the last iteration.BenchmarksThere are two X61’s in my household, both with the same baseline configuration, but they differ in that the stock one has 2 GB’s of memory, and the other unit has 3 GB’s of memory plus 2 GB’s of ReadyBoost memory.  There are also two T61’s in my household, including one with the same processor, chipset, and graphics adapter as the X61’s.  I was surprised to see the X61 with identical specs as the T61 underperform its cousin by so much on the PCMark05 and 3DMark05 tests.  This is not to say it isn’t a fast machine, but I would have expected it to match the performance of its T-series cousin.Here are the results of the X61, the results were the same for both the stock X61 configuration (2GB memory and no Turbo Boost Memory) and enhanced (3GB of memory with Turbo Boost Memory):Windows Experience IndexHDTune for X61(view large image) PCMark05 System ResultsStrangely the overall system results for the X61 showed that the configuration with less overall memory performed better -- go figure:NotebookPCMark05 ScoreLenovo ThinkPad X61 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100, 2GB Memory)3,648 PCMarksLenovo ThinkPad X61 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100, 3GB Memory, 2GB Turbo Memory)3,592 PCMarksLenovo 3000 V200 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100)3,987 PCMarksLenovo T60 Widescreen (2.0GHz Intel T7200, ATI X1400 128MB)4,189 PCMarksHP dv6000t (2.16GHz Intel T7400, NVIDA GeForce Go 7400)4,234 PCMarksFujitsu N6410 (1.66GHz Core Duo, ATI X1400)3,487 PCMarksAlienware M7700 (AMD Athlon FX-60, Nvidia Go 7800GTX)5,597 PCMarksSony Vaio SZ-110B in Speed Mode (Using Nvidia GeForce Go 7400)3,637 PCMarksAsus V6J (1.86GHz Core Duo T2400, Nvidia Go 7400)3,646 PCMarks Battery LifeBattery life with the 4 cell battery has not been great with real world tests being between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 22 minutes depending on the power setting; the X61’s power manager is great at selecting which profile to use to lengthen battery life.  A curious problem involves the use of the machine when it is hibernating.  Power seems to be draining even when it is supposed to be completely off.  After putting the X61 into hibernate mode overnight we’d wake to find that the battery had been almost completely drained.  I’m still investigating this issue, but in the meantime I just leave the unit plugged in.  I still regret not getting the 8 cell battery instead of the 4 cell battery from the beginning.Hibernation consistently seems be a problem.  I’ll hibernate the machine with it plugged in, and get a warning message when resuming in the morning saying the battery is extremely low do you want to continue.  After selecting  “yes”  the unit boots – Vista opens with a low battery, and a couple of minutes later it shows a 100 percent charge; very odd.Heat and NoiseThe unit really doesn’t generate a lot of heat or noise for that matter.  Unlike other notebooks I’ve had the X61 is incredibly quiet and cool.  It is nice to work hours on end without the noise of the fan going on and off.WirelessThe X61 under review has the older 3945abg card, and the performance seems to be better than the newer Intel card in the T61 I have, at least in terms of finding new connections.SoftwareThis is the one area I believe most manufacturers could work on.  The X61 is loaded with tons of “free offers” (bloatware).  While many espouse a clean install – I simply uninstalled the offending apps, and am happy with the performance of the unit.  The one piece of software the X61 does not ship with is Recovery Disks instead one needs to burn their own, or pay a fee to get them shipped to you. ConclusionThe ThinkPad X61 is an excellent ultraportable worth the premium charged for its light weight, and ultra strong build.  I’d recommend upgrading to 2 GB of memory, the 8 cell battery, and perhaps the X6 ultrabase.  These additional costs should be factored in your purchasing decision.  The processor and chipset refreshes insure that the user will be able to handle any office applications with ease.ProsFull desktop performance in an ultraportable form factorElegant design coupled with excellent rugged constructionThinkPad’s legendary keyboardAvailability of optional features such as Turbo Memory, WWAN connectivity, and UltrabaseConsScreen is inherently difficult to view at different anglesSounds is a bit lowBattery tends to give a little over time, and hibernation software not 100 percent perfectSystem comes full of bloatware... 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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1

Michael Wall

...The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 features a 12.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touch-display, with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Windows 8.1 (64-bit) 12.5” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch Display 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U CPU Intel HD Graphics 4400 4GB of DDR3 128GB SSD Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC Bluetooth 4.0 47Wh Battery LiPolymer ... Read full article

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IBM ThinkPad X41 Ultraportable Announced

abaxter

...  Dell kicked off the season with the Latitude X1 release, and IBM follows with the announcement of the ThinkPad X41.  The X41 follows upon the highly successful ThinkPad X40 notebook, keeping the weight at 2.7lbs but increasing processor speed to 1.50 GHz via an Intel Pentium M processor. ...Prices for the ThinkPad X41 start at $1,999. For more information, see www.ibm.com/thinkpad.... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review

Jerry Jackson

...Keep reading to find out more.Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Specifications: AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (dual-core CPU at 1.6GHz and dual DX-11 SIMDs at 500MHz) 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz, 2 DIMM) Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 11.6" WXGA HD anti-glare LED Backlit display (1366x768) 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit LAN 4-in-1 card reader and 0.3-megapixel webcam 6-Cell Li-ion battery Dimensions: (W x L x H) 11.1" x 8.2" x 0.6"/1.2" Weight: 3.3 pounds (with 6-cell battery) Price as configured: $579.00 (currently $689 on Lenovo website) Build and DesignThe "ThinkPad" brand name is one of the few names that is virtually synonymous with business notebooks. ...At first glance, the exterior of the 11-inch ThinkPad X120e is virtually identical to the old X100e. ...Keyboard and TouchpadThe ThinkPad X120e uses the same "Chiclet" keyboard on the X100e that is quite different than the traditional ThinkPad keyboards. ... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad X200s Review

Andrew

...by Andrew Baxter The 12.1-inch screen Lenovo ThinkPad X200s ultraportable notebook is a lighter and slightly less powerful version of the ThinkPad X200. ...Overview The ThinkPad X200s is a 12" screen ultraportable business laptop that replaces the X61s predecessor, the X200s is the lightest notebook offered in the ThinkPad series....PCMark05 benchmark results (higher scores are better) Notebook PCMark05 Score Lenovo ThinkPad X200s (Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 @ 1.86GHz, Intel X4500) 4,309 PCMarks Lenovo ThinkPad X200 (Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel X4500) 4,298 PCMarks HP EliteBook 2530p (1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400, Intel 4500MHD) 5,787 PCMarks Lenovo IdeaPad U110 (Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 @ 1.60GHz, Intel X3100) 3,445 PCMarks Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (Intel Core 2 Duo L7100 @ 1.20GHz, Intel X3100) 3,467 PCMarks Apple MacBook Air (1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7500, Intel X3100) 2,478 PCMarks Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 2,446 PCMarks Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100) 4,153 PCMarks Lenovo 3000 V200 (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, Intel X3100) 3,987 PCMarks Lenovo T60 Widescreen (2.0GHz Intel T7200, ATI X1400 128MB) 4,189 PCMarks HP dv6000t (2.16GHz Intel T7400, NVIDA GeForce Go 7400) 4,234 PCMarks Sony VAIO SZ-110B in Speed Mode (Using Nvidia GeForce Go 7400) 3,637 PCMarks Asus V6J (1.86GHz Core Duo T2400, Nvidia Go 7400) 3,646 PCMarks 3DMark06 is a benchmark that measures graphics performance, or more accurately measures the notebook's ability to play 3D computer games. ... Read full article

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Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Review

Jerry Jackson

...Take a look at our review to find out.Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Specifications: 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo Single-Core MV-40 Mobile Processor 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 (667MHz) Windows 7 Professional 32bit 11.6" WXGA HD anti-glare LED Backlit display (1366x768) 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive ATI Radeon 3200 Graphics 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit LAN 4-in-1 card reader and 0.3-megapixel webcam 6-Cell Li-ion battery Dimensions: (W x L x H) 11.1" x 8.2" x 0.6"/1.2" Weight: 3.3 pounds (with 6-cell battery) Price as configured: $569.00 Build and DesignIf there is a single laptop brand name that is synonymous with business it has to be ThinkPad. ...Indeed, the 11-inch X100e borrows much of its looks from the 12-inch ThinkPad X200 business notebook. ...Those customers familiar with the famous ThinkPad keyboards will probably notice the new layout of the ThinkPad X100e's keyboard. ... Read full article

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