A tidy little 1.9kg unit, the tablet version of Lenovo's ThinkPad X61, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t ultraportable lacks an integrated optical drive, but it has a great design, long battery life, and an easy-on, easy-off docking station.

At £1,399 inc VAT (as of September 27, 2007), however, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t ultraportable tablet PC is expensive.

The only major change to this upgraded Lenovo ThinkPad X series model is a processor update. Our review Lenovo ThinkPad X61t, equipped with a low-voltage 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L7500 chip and 2GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM, turned in a good WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 64. Battery life with the eight-cell battery that our test unit came with was fantastic at 5 hours and 2 minutes. (Other X-series models come with four-cell batteries.)

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Features are generous. The3 Lenovo ThinkPad X61t has a 7200rpm, 100GB hard drive, an SD Card slot, 802.11 a/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an option for wireless broadband. In addition, with the UltraBase docking station you gain an optical drive, four more USB ports (for a total of seven), and several legacy ports, including a parallel port and a serial port. The modular drive bay allows one-handed swaps of the optical drive, a second battery, or a second hard drive. Including a docking station with a dual-layer DVD drive (but not the power adapter), the package weighs a reasonable 2.8kg.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X61t's keyboard has many premium features, including an eraserhead pointing device that's so good it hardly seems fair to complain about the lack of a touchpad. We also liked the dedicated back and forward Internet keys and spacebar magnifier. The tall-looking 12.1in display doesn't have a widescreen aspect ratio, but it's easy to read and handle.

For tablet mode, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t's screen swivels smoothly, locks down with a press of the lid latch, and easily accepts pen or finger input. The AutoRotate feature automatically rotates the display every time you change the tablet's position. This can be a great time-saver if you frequently switch between portrait and landscape modes, although manually pressing the orientation button also gets quick results and saves battery life.

Lenovo ThinkPad X61t: Specs

  • Core 2 Duo T7300/2 GHz Centrino Pro
  • 1GB RAM
  • 120GB hard disk
  • Gigabit Ethernet WLAN
  • Bluetooth, 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)
  • fingerprint security
  • Vista Business (64-bit)
  • 12.1in TFT 1024 x 768
  • Core 2 Duo T7300/2 GHz Centrino Pro
  • 1GB RAM
  • 120GB hard disk
  • Gigabit Ethernet WLAN
  • Bluetooth, 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)
  • fingerprint security
  • Vista Business (64-bit)
  • 12.1in TFT 1024 x 768

OUR VERDICT

Those who aren't sure they need or want a tablet might be better suited to the nontablet X61 model, but if you heavily rely on pen input, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t is the way to go.

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