Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Ultraportable Notebook Review

new Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
Lenovo one of the well-known notebook maker has announced the launch of its new notebook namely, Lenovo ThinkPad X61s. The ThinkPad X61s ultraportable continues the trend of solidly built ultraportable notebooks that are great for travelers. It still lives in the past though by having the optical drive external to the unit adding weight for those requiring it while traveling. This makes it a great choice for business travelers who need a reliable notebook, but less than perfect for consumers who want an internal drive.Lenovo ThinkPad X61s

Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Notebook Specification :
  • Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 Low Voltage Mobile Processor
  • Two Gigabyte PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 100GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • External 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 12.1" XGA (1024x768) LED Backlit Display With Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Verizon Cellular WAN Modem
  • Three USB 2.0, One FireWire, Type II PC Card, SD Slot, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 10.6" x 9.4" x 1.4" @ 3.6 lbs.
  • Vista Ultimate, ThinkVantage Suite, Norton Internet Security

9/10/07 – Most notebook computers have switched over to the widescreen display formats, but Lenovo sticks to the more traditional 4:3 screen layout. This really comes from the business focus of the ThinkPad line of notebooks. The ultraportable X61s however provides one of the most solid notebooks on the market thanks to the new chassis design.

Even with the new chassis design, Lenovo continues to use their exceptional keyboards. This has always been one of the best keyboards for a notebook design. They have a great feel and are comfortable to use for hours on end. This has been problematic for many ultraportable systems that sacrifice the keyboard layout and size in order to make the system more compact.

Performance is a key component to the ThinkPad X61s notebooks. Lenovo chose to use the Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 low voltage mobile processor. This gives it strong performance with some power savings, but not as much if they had chosen to use the ultra-low voltage version of the processor. Thankfully, two full gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory is included making it run smoothly with the Vista Ultimate operating system packaged with it.

One of the big drawbacks to all this design though is the continued focus as it being a business computer. Most ultraportables now integrated the optical drives into the chassis. Lenovo has decided to leave their X series in tradition by featuring an external USB based DVD burner. Sure, this gives the functionality, but it adds extra weight to the overall package when traveling. This holds back what would otherwise be a superb ultraportable.
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