A very nice corporate laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is ideal for on-the-go executives who chafe at ultraportable limitations.

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The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is big enough to have a 14.1in screen and a first-rate keyboard, yet plenty light enough to carry, at 2.6kg. Battery life with the nine-cell upgrade included with our £1,350 review unit was superb.

Our test Lenovo ThinkPad T60 came with Windows Vista Business and featured a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200 processor and 1GB of RAM. It performed well in our tests. In the WorldBench 6 Beta 2 real-world speed benchmark, the T60 scored a slightly better-than-average 69. In battery testing it endured for almost five hours on a single charge of its upgrade battery, one of the best times we've recorded for a Vista laptop.

Better yet, the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 has a modular bay that can hold another battery (instead of the dual-layer DVD rewritable drive), so you can work from two batteries at once.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is a sturdy, slim unit with the ThinkPad's classic black case. Among many useful features, the great keyboard includes browser back and forward keys, and touchpad and eraserhead pointing devices.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T60's screen is of a standard aspect ratio - instead of the wide-aspect design most notebook vendors have switched to - and it uses a matte rather than a glossy finish, but it's reasonably bright and not at all bulky. All of the basic connections - USB, audio, video, and communications ports - are present in the Lenovo ThinkPad T60, including an ExpressCard slot. But the unit lacks a FireWire port and memory-card slots. The stereo speakers are a bit weak.

Optional extras include broadband wireless, a fingerprint reader, and a larger 160GB hard drive. You can also request almost any flavour of Windows Vista or XP.

Lenovo ThinkPad T60: Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 - 2GHz (x2), 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache
  • 1GB DDRII-667MHz SDRAM
  • 120GB hard drive
  • DVDRW drive - reads DVDs and CDs
  • writes CDs, DVD+ and DVD-
  • 14.1in XGA TFT screen
  • ATI Radeon X1400 supporting 128MB HyperMemory
  • integrated LAN
  • integrated wireless 802.11 LAN, Bluetooth
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 3-year warranty
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 - 2GHz (x2), 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache
  • 1GB DDRII-667MHz SDRAM
  • 120GB hard drive
  • DVDRW drive - reads DVDs and CDs
  • writes CDs, DVD+ and DVD-
  • 14.1in XGA TFT screen
  • ATI Radeon X1400 supporting 128MB HyperMemory
  • integrated LAN
  • integrated wireless 802.11 LAN, Bluetooth
  • Windows Vista Business
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is not ideal if your idea of good laptop includes media buttons and loud audio. But if the best balance of portability and performance is what you need, it could be the perfect addition to your carry-on gear.

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