ThinkPad X60 Tablet Is Enticing - 2

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-11-14 Email Print this article Print

Review: Lenovo's newest tablet PC overcomes some of the issues that have plagued the hardware platform and introduces a number of firsts.

IT managers have been asking me about Lenovos next tablet PC for months. Now that the ThinkPad X60 Tablet has finally launched, I can report that my initial tests find the convertible notebook to be a worthy addition to the ThinkPad franchise. Armed with Intels low-voltage Core Duo and Core Solo processors, the X60 Tablet has a starting weight of 3.8 pounds. With an eight-cell battery that is giving me more than 8 hours of battery life, the weight of my test unit is about 4.16 pounds.
The X60 Tablet can be configured with a number of firsts for a tablet PC. Those include a WWAN (wireless WAN) module, an SXGA+ touch-screen display and support for 802.11n wireless technology (which is still in draft release).
Click here to read more about the ThinkPad X60. One of the most common usage scenarios for a tablet PC is out in the field, but end users often report difficulty in using tablets outdoors due to screen visibility issues. During tests, the X60 ThinkPad did a pretty good job of solving that problem with a MultiView outdoor display that has anti-reflective and anti-glare capabilities. I was able to use the test unit outdoors in fairly bright sunlight with no issues.
While the 802.11n wireless radio may not be a necessity, it—and extras like it—is likely to increase adoption of tablets within enterprises, especially given Microsofts decision to bundle Tablet PC capabilities into Vista rather than to release a separate Vista tablet operating system. Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at WWWeb Resources Vista view
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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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