The topic of today’s "User Opinions" article is the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC. The X61 has moved its way to number one on our Most Popular Tablet PCs list. Since its release many users have commented on the pros and cons of this tablet and we would like to share them with you. The opinions are chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We don’t necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We pick the opinions that we think will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare Tablet PCs.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC. (view large image)
The ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC is a 12.1" tablet that has a Core 2 Duo processor built from the Santa Rosa platform and Intel GMA X3100 graphics. Only weighing in at 3.8-pounds this mighty tablet has a solid chassis and design, making it ideal for students or mobile professionals. It still maintains that same matte black appearance as its predecessor, the ThinkPad X60, and has both a touchscreen and Wacom digitizer display.
Go for it. It is far better than you think.
Pros: Excellent handwriting recognition and an amazing screen for a tablet. It’s not too heavy and offers a different way of computing, you’ll never go back to a laptop, Great Performance, good design and build all round. It doesn’t run hot, so overall it’s a very good investment if you can afford it. Also works great as a laptop when you need it.
Cons: Pricey but you get what you pay for. Video subsystem could have been more powerful, but than again this is not a machine built for gaming. Be prepared for a Slightly buggy system (random freezes and crashes). But this is state-of-the-art so drivers will mature (are you listening Lenovo!).Ultrabase option should have had both DVD and spare HDD, not one at the expense of the other.
Great Machine – A Couple of Hiccups
Pros: Great form factor – a big improvement over my Toshiba Portege 3500, which has had a few problems over the last 4 1/2 years. Outstanding screen and very good pen accuracy and handwriting recognition. No digitizer problems like with the the Toshiba. Very quick for a low voltage chip (I have the 7200 rpm 100GB HD).
Cons: Took forever to get here with no indication of delay when placing the order. I installed 4GB RAM, but due to Vista 32bit limitations, only 3GB is accessible to programs (and poor response and knowledge regarding this by Customer Service, but courteous). AT&T Wireless SIM arrived DOA (Customer Service instructed me to update Driver, but alas had to refer me to AT&T Wireless for a new SIM. Lenovo sells it, but doesn’t really support it). All in all, I think more of the problems stem from Vista than from Lenovo itself. Ah – the bleeding edge…
Great engineering indeed
Pros: Great machine altogether, fast charge time, long battery life and screen is decent sized with a high resolution. Touchscreen and pen are awesome, and comes with extra parts (thanks!). Very lightweight too.
Cons: Order got delayed, but was resolved quickly when I contacted them. Screen is a smudge magnet, but it’s not noticeable (you can only see it when turning on). Bloatware everywhere, but unlike others, they are actually half USEFUL, even though I still uninstalled them.
Clean install makes this thing fly
Pros: Fast (fast enough for a non-gamer) and long-lasting. I have the mt-mv screen, and maybe it’s because I’m used to non-wide angle view screens that’s also worthless under any sunlight, but I absolutely love the screen. I find the touchscreen very useful when I’m just too lazy to take out the pen. It’s not a necessity, but I find it useful enough. The keyboard is very good with no flex and the fingerprint scanner is actually quite useful. Screen rotates when changing modes (not referring to that active rotate feature, which I find annoying. I personally find the trackpoint mouse better than a touchpad
Cons: Fn key placement… are you kidding me?? (kinda got used to it, but still hate it) Expensive, but you can find some good deals that’ll make it much more attractive. It does get warm (but it’s a hot summer, so kinda not fair to call the machine hot). Factory install isn’t as snappy as a clean install, you’ll need some Lenovo softwares to turn on certain features. It is heavier than I thought, but well worth the weight. The mono speaker. People keep on looking at it on the bus and on the subway… they turn their gazes away awkwardly when I stare at them. As you can see, the cons aren’t really cons :p
Pros: The X61 is lightweight, has great performance, easy accessibility, an excellent layout and battery life. Sure, it costs more than average, but then you can say you have the best in the business. Not for a guy that wants something for gaming, but for sure, it’ll get your work done and then some.
Cons: Fingerprint sensor screw ups, and the speaker is mounted on underside of unit.
Really Really Cool!
Pros: I had been leaning toward the Fujitsu T4220 for a long time, but when they dropped the resolution of the screen down to (1024×768) I jumped ship. I have absolutely no regrets. First let me say that this screen (the super view SXGA+) is truly a beauty to behold. Sure it set back the date that I got it by more than a month, but it really was worth the wait without a doubt. For those worried about the size of the text being too small, well it’s not: it’s really perfect. The tablet functions are just simply amazing. For example I wrote this entire review with ink, and only had to make five corrections (a lot fewer than the typos I usually make). I have not yet completed any training, and have only had it for less than a day and a half. Plus it’s definitely a head turner.
Cons: Lenovo support in two words is: "GOD AWFUL" Their customer service people would repeatedly flat out lie to me, telling me that my laptop would ship in the next week, when in-fact they were not shipping anyone’s out at all. However, I have heard that IBM’s technical support is excellent, so hopefully if a disaster ever arises I will be able to deal with them instead. Vista definitely needs at least 1GB preferably 2GB of RAM, which is pricey from the manufacturer. Finally, a minor issue, the bottom of the screen car gets rather warm and is unfortunately right were you often rest your hand when in primary portrait mode, but it’s not too uncomfortable. I have also not had any issues with the bezel unlike some people, and I do not have turbo memory, which has been causing some people trouble. Basically I love it though.