Nitpicks and suggestions

By Daniel Dern  |  Posted 2007-07-20 Print this article Print

I havent found any killer criticisms or problems with this notebook, but I did manage to come up with some things Id like to see added or changed.

  • The X61s has the IBM erasertip mouse but no touchpad. Pack a travel mouse.
  • Use the UltraBase as a docking station, not a travel accessory. Youd be better served on the road with a small, USB-powered optical drive and an external battery. (If you want an ultralight with a built-in optical drive, youll need to try another vendor, such as Panasonic with its Toughbook.)
  • Watch for heat. The machine does get warm on both top and bottom. Its not painful but it is noticeable.
  • Power-down is occasionally slow. Usually, the machine turned off quickly, but occasionally it would hang, making me hold down the power but-ton to turn it off. (This could easily be a Vista, not Lenovo, issue.) Overall, Im impressed by this machine. Depending on what you do with your computer, how much screen turf you need and your keyboard druthers, this may not be your "use it all day" choice. But, if you want to travel light, you wont go wrong with the X61s.

    Daniel P. Dern is an independent technology writer and can be reached at His web site is
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