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ThinkPad T Series notebooks combine today's most advanced features with the legendary ThinkPad design. You can get it all with T Series – Intel Core 2 Duo processor technology, Genuine Windows Vista Business, easy mobility, including Wireless WAN and Bluetooth capability. The new ThinkPad T61 is the most secure, strongest, coolest and quietest T Series ever and comes in widescreen display. ThinkPad is more than a name; it is superior design for reliability durability and security, thanks to the hard drive Shock Absorber, reinforced Roll Cage design and integrated fingerprint reader. 14.1 diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT Display Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 Graphics card Super Multi-Burner DVD+-R/RW dual layer Drive Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11A/B/G 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Bluetooth 2.0 Fingerprint reader ExpressCard 54 Slot PCMCIA Type II Slot 3 USB 2.0, Headphone out; Microphone-in, VGA, IEEE 1394, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions – 13.2 (W) x 1.26 (H) x 9.3 (D) Approximate Unit Weight – 5.0lbs
I had always wanted to get the T61 because… well, I like thinkpads. I like the feel of the keyboard. Their displays are crisp and beautiful and the build is solid and durable. But at the time, my budget just wouldn’t allow it. But after a few months, I was finally in a position to upgrade.
I was a little hesitant since all my experience with Thinkpads had been while they were still being made by IBM. After my disappointment with the 3000 N200, I was concerned that the poor quality was indicative of Lenovo rather than just the model. But I decided to give the T61 a shot because frankly, all of the other brands out there (…cough… HP…. cough) are known failures that I had to try.
I’m VERY happy to say that the T61 is NEARLY as good as the IBM Thinkpad counterparts. The look and feel are still nearly the same. The display is probably the most similar to the old IBM thinkpads. The speed and all the Lenovo support features are excellent making recovery in the case of catastrophic virus infestation etc a breeze.
What isn’t QUITE the same (and the reason I knocked a star off my rating) are a few relatively minor quibbles compared to the old Thinkpads. The keyboard doesn’t feel quite as solid as I would like. The touchpad is smaller than usual — even smaller than the 3000 N200 (the one feature of that model that I actually prefer). In addition, the edge of the touchpad is very “prominent” so it is annoying when your finger is constantly bumping up against it. The case isn’t quite as pleasing from a “tactile” perspective — it feels more plasticy. And finally, the finger print reader is not as good as the 3000 N200.
However, I can tell that the build quality of this system is substantially better than the lower priced models. In addition, it doesn’t have the annoying “shiney” display which the 3000 N200 has and it runs MUCH quieter and cooler than the 3000 N200.
All in all, this isn’t IBM’s thinkpad but it is far superior to any laptop on the market today in terms of quality and it is truly worth the money.
BTW, my T61 came preloaded with Vista. I have subsequently come to the conclusion that XP is truly a better OS in terms of speed and reliability. Unless you can afford the extra 300-500 for 3gb of memory, “downgrade” to XP. Otherwise, you might as well stick with a used T41.
After that machine, I was sold on Thinkpads, and I saved up to custom build a T61. I ordered mine direct from Lenovo and had it customized… 4GBs of RAM, nVidia graphics, Windows XP.. Later on, I put a 500GB hard drive in it and Windows 7.
Lenovo carried on IBM’s legacy with the Thinkpads. The quality on this unit is fantastic.
The casing is solid and reliable, all of the components are incredibly reliable. I’ve never had an issue with my T61.
This thing has been taken all over, dropped, stepped on, and battered. And it’s taken all of this abuse with just one little piece of plastic breaking off. The lid hinges are solid stainless steel, the top is solid magnesium, the bottom is thick rugged plastic. This is one well built laptop.
The nVidia NVS Quadro graphics used to be able to play most games with ease. The most modern of games tax it pretty heavily though. Considering it’s a business laptop and not really a gaming one, this is pretty good.
All features work well on it, including the kinda gimmicy keyboard light, which actually is quite helpful in the dark. Parts are readilly availble for it as well, so it’s an easy machine to fix.
Lenovo’s support is second to none. After reinstalling Windows on this machine, the only thing you need to download is the Lenovo update utility and it will take care of the rest. Never seen another manufacture do that!
The only things I’ve really had issue with is the power supply, which failed on me after a couple of years, and the sound card, which, like most modern systems, is this little Realtek thing that sounds terrible.
But, those are my only real complaints. This poor laptop has been through a lot, and it’s been a tough little beast.
I would recommend this product.
I upgraded the HDD and RAM and installed Windows 8. The T61 boots/runs faster with all the upgrades. The non-glare LCD is easy on the eyes, although dimmer than other non-glare LCD’s I’ve seen (this is likely not due to age, since I read similar comments written back in 2007 when the T61 was first released). The touchpad is the smallest I’ve ever come across on any laptop and took me a while to get accustomed to. The T61′s Trackpoint is a relic from the 1990s and I feel is outdated as a mouse control device and useless like a human appendix or a vestigal tail is. Lenovo still insisted to include it (and still does to this day) apparently to keep Trackpoint fans happy. The keyboard is louder/noiser and less firm than other keyboards I’ve used on other business/professional-grade laptops; however perfectly usable and comfortable to type on happily for hours without fatigue. Speakers aren’t loud; a bit tinny to my ears but clear. The LCD lid’s rubber coating mars easily but is easily cleaned up with a wiping of Windex. Contrary to another review written here, the lid itself is not solid magnesium: instead, it is a composite plastic (not carbon fiber) over a magnesium frame. Its construction still does the job in keeping it solid and near-flexible. The T61 is of the “thin-and-light” category when “thin-and-light” was defined at around 4-5lbs (the weight of this T61 is 5.2lbs with the stock batt). I got a new 7800mah batt off Amazon.com ($25) which bumps the weight up past 6lbs. Thin, yes. Light? No.
Incidentally, batt life is 9+ hours with this new 7800mah batt under Win8 and in Power Saver mode, wifi off, and LCD dimmed to 50%.
My T61 is good, solid-feeling (and solid-looking) laptop. Everything just works. The T61′s early-1990′s conservative looks, severely angular lines and all-black color make it look either 20+ years old or modern and contemporary, depending on who’s eyeing it (I just think it looks “classic”). Other resellers sell T61′s with better specs for up to $400 (and likely in better condition than mine) but I’m happy with the one I got and the price I paid for it. //
The only fault I can see is the fan does make sounds like its worn and needs to be replaced. I found a cheap replacement part at Amazon, and found some easy to follow instructions on YouTube. So, this shouldn’t be a big deal.
I ordered two T61′s, and only had a problem with one of them, which the seller, Open Electronics, quickly offered to replace at no cost.
Overall, I’m satisfied with the purchase. These refurb’d Lenovos, along with some new RAM, make for great gifts.