IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC “First Look” (pics, specs)

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IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC “First Look”



This machine is a beauty indeed.


The X41 sports a sleek profile.


Finally the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC has arrived. Many prospective buyers have anxiously awaited the release of this model spawned from the legendary ThinkPad product line. Weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., the X41 packs in a host of features demanded by business-oriented road warriors all in a light, sturdy and compact package. The X41 is powered by the somewhat modest, very capable low voltage Intel Pentium M processor at 1.5GHz. A perfect compromise between power consumption, performance and comfort. The low voltage 1.5 Pentium M stays cool and ceases to blast out the heat that the recent Sonoma-based Tablet PC s deliver.

Despite the low voltage core of the 1.5 GHz Pentium M (Intel processor number 758), the CPU is accompanied by the latest Intel 915GM chipset. All of the newest features such as the lightening fast PCI Express bus and high definition audio capabilities are all encompassed into the core performance of the X41.


Of honorable mention:


1. As we have raved in the past, it is refreshing to see a lightweight portable that has been graced by the improved Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 video architecture.


2. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC exudes the legendary reliability and stability that has built a strong reputation for the ThinkPad model line.


3. Integrated Bluetooth


Tablet mode. Kinda has a Darth Vader-esqe appearance don’t you think?

 

IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC Basic Specs:

Processor– Intel Pentium M (1.5 GHz)
RAM installed– 512 MB DDR SDRAM
Hard drive– 40 GB EIDE
Input device– Keyboard, Touchpad
Weight– 3.5 lbs
Dimensions (W x D x H)– 10.5 in x 8.3 in x 0.8 in
Display– 12.1 in TFT active matrix
Max resolution– 1024 x 768
Audio output– Sound card
Modem– 56 Kbps Fax / modem
Battery installed– 1 Lithium ion
OS provided– Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Service & support type– 3 years warranty


Since we have three of the most currently popular Tablet PC’s in our top secret underground, radiation proof testing facility,
we were able to take a few photos for size comparisons.


From top to bottom: IBM X41, HP TC 4200 and the Toshiba Tecra M4



Same order as above, left side view

 

The Tecra M4 includes a 14″ display and is much larger and heavier than the HP TC4200 and IBM X41. The HP TC4200 is about 1/3 thicker than the slim X41. The X41 is about 1/2 of the weight (3.5 lbs.) of the Toshiba Tecra M4!

Select X41 Images taken in our “Top Secret” Photo Lab:


The power button and rotational controls accompanied by the cool alien green
indicator lights.



underside (battery, docking port, RAM access, pen compartment)



front (display latch to the lower right)



right (ac in, VGA out, USB/Mini USB ports, heat vent)



left (Kensington lock, modem port, LAN port, USB, SD rard reader, headphone jack,
mic jack, PCMCIA slot)


back (swivel hinge, battery edge)

Like many current business-class portable computers under 4lbs., the X41 optical drive is seperate. To keep size and weight to a minimum, it is becoming more common for manufacturers to offer a USB external optical drive separately. We do in fact have the X41 optical drive, optional extended battery and complete docking station on hand. We will focus on each of these accessories in great detail in our full review of the X41 Tablet PC coming soon.

Be sure to check back with us for our full comprehensive performance benchmarks, focus on features and extensive details of the X41 in our full review. The X41 Tablet has become a close companion that we are testing in a variety of locations and settings. In the meanwhile, if you are dead set on the X41 as the right model Tablet PC for you, our immediate response is “order it”. We don’t think you can lose with a machine of this quality, engineering and legendary support!


Barry

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