A classic ThinkPad, the Lenovo ThinkPad R61 is full of nice features you don't usually find in a laptop, such as the ThinkLight, an LED that illuminates the keyboard.

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The Lenovo ThinkPad R61's 14.1in screen and 2.6kg weight make it an ideal travel companion, too. For a work-oriented notebook decked out with all the trimmings, the Lenovo ThinkPad R61 is hard to beat.

The Lenovo ThinkPad R61's first-rate keyboard includes both a touchpad and an eraserhead nub, as well as dedicated internet forward and back buttons.

An integrated fingerprint reader, located in the right palmrest, makes log-ins a breeze once you set it up. You can hot-swap devices - the dual-layer DVD drive or an extra battery, among others - in and out of the right-side modular bay with one hand. On-screen documentation and system recovery utilities are just a button press away, with the Lenovo ThinkPad R61.

The 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo T7500-equipped Lenovo ThinkPad R61 performed admirably in our speed tests, with a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 80. The Lenovo ThinkPad R61's 3-hour, 19-minute tested battery life is good.

Lenovo ThinkPad R61: Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7100/1.8GHz
  • mobile Intel GM965 Express
  • 800MHz
  • 1GB DDR II SDRAM - 667MHz
  • 2MB L2 Cache
  • 120GB Serial ATA-150
  • DVD-Writer
  • 14.1in TFT active matrix, 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Intel GMA X3100
  • 3 x Hi-Speed USB
  • Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
  • 335x237x35mm
  • 2.6kg
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 1-year warranty
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7100/1.8GHz
  • mobile Intel GM965 Express
  • 800MHz
  • 1GB DDR II SDRAM - 667MHz
  • 2MB L2 Cache
  • 120GB Serial ATA-150
  • DVD-Writer
  • 14.1in TFT active matrix, 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Intel GMA X3100
  • 3 x Hi-Speed USB
  • Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
  • 335x237x35mm
  • 2.6kg
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 1-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The £800 ThinkPad R61 is a nicely designed machine that deserves consideration as a travel-worthy portable.

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