Thursday, April 24, 2008

8:20 PM

Review Part 1: Lenovo Thinkpad T61p

If you have noticed my left banner hard enough, you would have known that the Lenovo Thinkpad T61p has been on my "dream" list for a couple of months now. Well, not to say it is out, but I have a newcomer to this list. Also from Lenovo, its the Thinkpad X300 which I review in my next post.

The first and foremost characteristic that attracts me is the Thinkpad brand. This product line has always caught my attention ever since the brands was still in IBM's hands. Although this is now under Chinese-based Lenovo, I'm still a loyal fan of it (despite never actually owning a laptop in my life.)

This Thinkpad brand is synonymous with quality. It has even been used onboard the International Space Station. The roll-cage design by IBM has been cited as one of the key innovations that has upheld this image.

Before I begin on its review, let me spend some time talking on the T61p as I neglected to do so despite referring to it in the past in my Fujitsu U1010 review (A real life picture of it is here). The "p" signifies performance which differentiates it from the conventional T61 model.

See the detailed specs, or click here for the intro to the Thinkpad's T series.

Picture obtained from here.
This is the best picture I can find on the Internet. Those on the Lenovo's website are simply not up to par.


Some basic specifications pushed to the max.

CPU: 2.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 800Mhz FSB 4MB L2 cache
Graphics: 256MB PCI-E Nvidia Quadro FX 570M
RAM: 2GB (4GB Max) 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM PC2-5300
HDD: 100GB Seagate Momentus SATA2 7200RPM
DVD: EIDE Dual-Layer DVD Recordable
Audio: Intel High Definition Audio
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Screen: 15.4' WUXGA TFT 1920x1200 widescreen
OS : Windows Vista Ultimate (with rollback to Win XP Professional)

Misc: 4-in-1 card reader and 1 ExpressCard slot


The specifications are quite cutting edge today. The feature that stands out is the graphics card. Its rare for desktops to be fitted with a Quadro line of Nvidia cards much less a laptop. Quadro cards are specifically designed for heavy-duty industrial 3D CAD/CAM work. Read from some reviews that this card coupled with the huge 256MB RAM really work wonders for games.

The screen size of 15.4' is among the largest in the market, which explains its 2.90kg mass. With a resolution of 1920x1200, it allows one to watch high-definition movies (1920x1080 resolution). This laptop is really built for mobile gamers. But remember, the Thinkpad product line has always been targeted for the fussy (with reliability) executive market. A laptop of this specs combined with the sturdiness of this brand really pushes the limits of technology.

No surprise though, if bought from the web, this would cost a whooping S$5368.19! Stuff from my dreams perhaps. Up next is a review of the recently released Thinkpad model which has been touted the "Macbook Air" killer, the Thinkpad X300!

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