"This Best Selling Lenovo ThinkPad T61 7658 Notebook Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
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.
Stick with the Intel 945.
Performance: (typical day to day use)
Scores a 3.1 on Windows ratings due to low graphics scores. Shouldn’t be a factor if all you’re using it for is MS office/web-browsing/emails. Other then graphics use, surfing web, multitasking MS office apps, and general day to day online activities are as buttery as any other modern day laptop.
Battery: (using extended battery 6600mah)
Typical 3 hours of real life use (outlook open in background, Pidgin chat, and music playing in BG) at 60% screen brightness, can be stretched to 4.5 if I was just web-browsing (no others windows/apps). I had the regular 4400mah battery at first, but it barely ran for 1.5 hours, 2 if I was stingy with it. The bigger 6600mah battery adds bulk, but travelers will appreciate the extra work-time.
Design: (will grow on you as time goes on)
At first glance I thought, real ugly piece of machinery. Then my work place forced me to use one and boy, it has really grown on me. The keyboard is probably the best I’ve ever used, EVER. That’s coming from owning a couple of Toshibas, Gateways, Sonys, Apples (powerbook & new MBPs), Asus, and HP laptops before. The keyboard alone makes me want to keep this thing forever. Kudos to Lenovo for developing such a great input product. On the downside, the screen isn’t very bright, so if you want to work outside one day or are near some one with a newer model laptop (which means newer kind of display technology), the screen will appear very dark.
Recommended for: Those on a budget, traveling business types
Seriously, the price you pay (amazon for around $200-300 last time I checked) can’t be beat. Those who are on a budget that just want a laptop for browsing the web, chatting online, and streaming movies- this one is a winners’ choice. My reason for buying one was my previous job took the Lenovo T61 back, and stuck me with an “upgraded” Dell (arg), I’ve missed it ever since. Get it, you wont regret it.
other than, if they made laptops like Lenovo’s all the time, i’d sell my soul for one.