View full Lenovo ThinkPad X61s specs on CNET. Lenovo ThinkPad X61s ( Core 2 Duo GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, Vista Home Basic). Part Number: X61s. Lenovo Thinkpad X61s (ThinkPad X Series). Processor . This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a inch . Laptop Magazine reviews Lenovo ThinkPad X61s, striking a very good is included in this configuration and brings the weight to pounds.
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The X series is synonymous with usability and toughness while on the go. There are two versions of the ThinkPad X The notebooks are almost the same, save for the CPUs. In x611s, the X61 will offer a bit better performance while the X61s will have better battery life. This review speccs focus on the low power X61s. The ThinkPad X61s view large image. My first thought when pulling this the X61s out of the box was — this thing is tiny. Then I found the battery which is amazingly about a third of the total weight of the system.
It made my R60 seem like an anvil. Slim and trim are the keywords for the X61s.
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Weighing in at bit over three pounds with the eight cell battery, the X61s is completely portable. It is of course black and squared like all ThinkPads. ThinkPad owners value function over form.
There were no gaps or misaligned parts. The base is made of a rugged plastic. The screen cover is mag-alloy and the screen is secured to the base using steel hinges.
One thing that surprised me was the loose screen. I am not sure if this is an issue because it is a pre-production model lenovk if something somewhere was not tight. When I was first using the x61s I lightly tossed it onto the couch cushion, as I have done with all my ThinkPads, the screen opened up all the way. It made me notice the screen spces my R60 was firmer. I could do this with the X61s. Lenovo has decided to cling to old ways on the X61s by staying with a standard aspect ratio screen.
The screen is also matte which makes sense since it will likely be used in office type situations. The screen was more usable outside than my R60 which has a nit screen, like the standard X61 screen.
X61 R60 on the left, the brighter X61s on the left, both at full brightness view large image. I liked the screen penovo the X61s a lot. It was clear and bright, brighter than my R There was some leakage at the bottom of the screen, but only noticeable when the screen was black.
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The screen had no dead stuck pixels. There are 15 brightness levels on the X61s. I liked the screen in the range, but thought anything three or above was usable. At the brightest setting it is perhaps a tad washed out, but fine for normal use. The X61s at various angles. As you can see whites fair better at an angle. As with most other laptops without an IPS screen, viewing angles are not great, but the sweet spot was big enough to allow for some adjustments.
After having used higher resolution notebooks for quite some time, the XGA resolution on the X61s took some getting used to. I understand it is small notebook, but something above XGA would be nice. This is definitely not the case on the X61s. Like its more power hungry siblings, it has 4MB of L2 cache. This X61s did not have the Turbo Memory, though it is available on other models. Despite running at half the power of other Core 2 Duo CPUs, performance at least on the benchmarks, the X61s competed quite well as compared to other laptops with the Core 2 Duo.
With 2GB of memory and a faster hard drive, performance was very good. I would have no problem using this machine as my main computer. I ran some audio encoding and Photoshop tests on both my my R60 and the X61s. The X61s was faster than my R60, though not by a huge margin. SuperPi is a tool to measure relative CPU performance. As you can see the L on the X61s distinguished itself well against other faster Core 2 Duo notebooks.
The X61s is nearly as fast as the X61 which uses the regular Core 2 Duo and runs at 2. The Hitachi 7k on the X61s view large image. PCMark05 is a benchmarking software which compares overall system performance. As you can see from results below, the X61s scored well compared to other recent notebooks even though its CPU runs at half the power. I opted not to throw up a 3DMark score in a chart since the X61 is using the integrated Intel X graphics card.
At least until Intel sorts out the driver issues. To help keep the weight down the X61s does not have an optical drive, but one is available via the UltraBase. Like the T series, the drive on the UltraBase is a super slim 9. The bay on the dock is also modular so you can use the modular battery or hard drive if you would like. I burned a few audio CDs and the recovery discs. The X61s came with the Hitachi GB 7k hard drive.
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Review
Boot times were a little slow due to Vista booting slower than XP and all the ThinkVantage tools turning on with the machine. Performance once inside Windows was good.
The X61s has two memory slots with a 4GB maximum. Both are located on the underside of the notebook for easy access. The keyboards on smaller notebooks are often a problem area, not so on the X61s. The X61s keyboard is in a word — delicious. The keyboard is firm — no sponginess here. Key travel and depth are excellent. The keys seemed a tad smaller than the ones on my than the keys on my R Some of the function keys like the caps lock and backspace are much smaller on the X61s.
I often found myself mishitting them, but I think if this were your regular notebook, you would get the hang of it quickly. The X61s keyboard view large image. The ThinkPad X61only comes with a pointing stick, which is a turn off for some including myself. Given the lower resolution of the X61s screen, scrolling is a much more important activity particularly in things like Internet and Office.
For scrolling, the TrackPoint has no peer. I always setup the red knob on my ThinkPads to scroll. Just press the center button and it flies. Next to the UltraNav buttons is the fingerprint reader. It is the best one I have used. The software was easy to setup and correctly read the fingertip each time. I even used it after holding a cold beverage which many times has fouled up other fingerprint readers I have used.
Users buying the X61 intend to take it with them, which makes battery life of paramount importance. There are three battery options for the x61 s: The review unit came with the larger eight cell battery.
It was both a blessing and a curse. Equipped with larger eight cell battery, battery life was nothing short of spectacular. Testing it was the curse.
I personally found sitting at the PC for that amount of time difficult. I did periodically get up to stretch or do other things, ensuring the screen remained on while I was away. If you were to dim the screen more which I think is doable or turn WiFi off, you could get even better results. In addition to sticking out the back and adding about a half pound of weight, the larger battery also raises the bottom of the X61s a bit, not as much as say the HP dv, but worth mentioning.
The X61s also employs a new battery saving software called Battery Stretch. The battery stretch software on the X61s view large image. It amongst other things sets the screen to the lowest level which made it difficult to use.
It seemed a bit unnecessary since you can do all this in all elsewhere in Windows, but I suppose it is nice to have in one spot. The AC adapter on the X61s is very small which is nice for an ultraportable. It does get a bit warmer than usual, but nothing to cause concern.
Due to its thinness the X61s can get quite warm, particularly if the room where you are is warm. I also noticed the heat when I was using sepcs at the park and it was over It is not too hot to use, but you may find yourself with sweaty palms after awhile.
The right palm rest, which I think is where the WiFi card is located, and the underside of the notebook, were the warmest areas.