IBM ThinkPad X41 Review

IBMThinkPad  X 41 TabletYou might say that the IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC marks a new era, as the first ThinkPad laptop since Lenovo bought the IBM PC division. You might also say this is the first Lenovo ThinkPad : X41. Encompassing the same classic black styling and ThinkVantage technology as its predecessors, the X41 Tablet is an ultraportable corporate solution. It runs the Window XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, which supports digital pen input, handwriting recognition and speech input.

The IBM X41 Tablet is fitted with a 12-inch screen which swivels to turn it into a slate for writing. Lenovo has also squeezed a full-size keyboard into a chassis weighing only 1.6kg and measuring 30mm in thickness. The new laptop from Lenovo is powered by the latest Intel Pentium M processor and 915GM chipset with integrated graphics, and supports up to 1.5GB of DDR2 SDRAM. A motion sensor detects sudden movement to protect the hard drive if the machine is dropped, and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and a fingerprint reader are optional.

The ThinkPad X41 Tablet sales launch date is 15 July (UK). Performance features are loaded into the new Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet notebooks. Designed as part of the industry-leading X40 Series, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet is Lenovo’s smallest and lightest 12” convertible tablet, for the ultimate mobility in a choice of versatile ultraportables.

Starting at only 1.61kg2., the Tablet also features up to 6.3 hours6 of battery life.

IBM ThinkPad X41 Reviews

One of the firsts reviews of the new ThinkPad X41 from Lenovo was written by MercuryNews.

When the Chinese company Lenovo Ltd. acquired IBM’s fabled personal-computer unit earlier this year, one question towered above all others for tech consumers: Would IBM PCs — and, in particular, the ThinkPad — maintain their tradition of quality and usability?

After spending several days acquainting myself with the IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet, an ultraportable that turns the ThinkPad notebook into a convertible tablet PC, I can offer a resounding, if preliminary, answer: Yes — with a few caveats.

Out of the box, the first ThinkPad born of the IBM-Lenovo cross-breeding (starting at $1,899) is a thing of 21st-century beauty, a compact, sleek little black slablet that’s a worthy addition to the ThinkPad line of portables.

Said Ted Anthony from Associated Press

Notebook Rewiew writes about the IBM ThinkPad X41:

The IBM ThinkPad X41 notebook is a 12.1″ screen ultraportable that follows in the footsteps of last years ThinkPad X40 release. Although the X41 is small and light, weighing only 2.7lbs with a 4-cell battery, it is not underpowered by any means as it carries a 1.50 GHz Pentium M processor that uses the latest Intel 915GM chipset.

The very good wireless performance and software and the highly usable keyboard and TrackPoint navigation of the Lenovo ThinkPad X41 are appreciated. The conclusion of this review for Think Pad X41 notebook:

“Tech specs and features aside, the IBM ThinkPad X41 laptop continues the streak of providing a highly usable laptop in the small 12.1″ screen form factor. It’s no small feat to produce a keyboard on a notebook of this size that feels the same as a keyboard on a mainstream 15.4″ notebook. The 1.5GHz processor is the fastest you’ll find in any ultraportable on the market, and the typical rugged build of the ThinkPad notebook line is part of the course. This is an easy laptop to recommend to those who need to be highly mobile and get work done while moving about. When combined with the UltraBase X4 docking station solution, the new IBM X41 can function well as a main computer too, so keep that option in mind.”
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Cnet Reviews features also an ThinkPad X41 Review article and the conclusion is:

The X4 UltraBase dock is a great traveling companion for those who want more ports and an optical drive.Though costly and a bit heavier than the ThinkPad X40, the ultraportable ThinkPad X41 is still a great choice for the corporate road warrior’s dream machine.
The good:
Light and thin design; comfortable keyboard; fingerprint reader; dedicated security hardware; includes multimedia dock; excellent battery life.

PC Magazine writes about IBM ThinkPad X41 (review):
“The IBM ThinkPad X series has always been a rock-solid ultraportable for any businessperson on the move. The IBM X41 ($1,899), the latest model from Lenovo/IBM, changes very little, though it now has Intel’s latest Centrino components and a fingerprint reader.
With the new Centrino updates, the Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X41 is the top performer in the ultraportable category, edging past the R200. It’s an excellent choice for an ultraportable heavyweight. But the super-slim, super-sleek, and equally competent R200 is currently the most coveted of the ultraportables and retains our Editors’ Choice.”

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