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IBM ThinkPad R51

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 reviews of IBM ThinkPad R51. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and performance. The portability and keyboard are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the energy efficiency and resolution. There are mixed views on the connectivity and screen.

price, keyboard, portability, performance, durability

sound, resolution, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the IBM ThinkPad R51 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 67 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for IBM ThinkPad R51

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of IBM ThinkPad R51 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and keyboard. The usability and battery are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the performance. Many are negative about the screen.

price, battery, usability, keyboard, durability

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: IBM ThinkPad R51 Pentium M 1.7GHz 512MB 40GB CDRW/DVD 14" Ubuntu Linux LenovoIBM THINKPAD R51 CENTRINO-735 512MB ( 18308TU )Lenovo IBM R51 ThinkPad Laptop ( 28892RU )

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IBM Thinkpad R51 Notebook

 

It doesn't have a hip new wide screen, a six-in-one media card reader, or a built-in DVD burner. But if you're looking for a terrific deal on a mainstream notebook, the IBM ThinkPad R51 delivers. The excellent keyboard, expandable design, long battery...

We have just a couple of minor complaints: The set of mouse buttons provided for the touchpad sit a tad too close to the front of the notebook. We were able to press them most of the time, but occasionally we instead thwacked the edge of the case with...

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IBM Thinkpad R51

 

IBM is known for making reliable business-class notebooks with outstanding construction and keyboards. (The company tends to shy away from multimedia features.) The R51 fits this description, though its lackluster performance and battery life will...

Great keyboard. Good management utilities

Not for multimedia purposes. Poor performer

If you're looking for a business laptop, this is it. Otherwise, your multimedia needs are best satisfied with the Compaq Presario R3000Z or the HP Pavilion dv1000.

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IBM LENOVO THINKPAD R51 R51 1.60GHz 40G 512M COMBO WinXP Pro

 

IBM had affordability without compromise in mind when creating the IBM R-Series. In order to appeal to the active business/student world where people live on the move, they needed a powerful, affordable, and durable laptop - and of course, without...

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Expert Review

 

The T42's integrated fingerprint reader requires some patience, but rewards with increased security. This notebook remains a top pick for business travellers.

No need for passwords, tighter security than older fingerprint scanners

Fingerprint sliding mechanism is time consuming, modest connectivity, excellent battery life

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ThinkPad R51

 

Check out the basic ThinkPad R51 if you're low on cash, but think twice before loading up on expensive options.

Fast mobile performance ; Big, 15-inch screen ; Wide, comfortable keyboard ; 802.11b/g wireless

High-end models are expensive ; Lacks a handy Windows key

Battery Life Although the IBM ThinkPad R51 came in last place in battery life in CNET Labs' tests, the difference between being first and last is only six minutes. With its 10.8V, 4,400mAh (48WHr) battery the IBM ThinkPad R51 was able to achieve more...

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IBM ThinkPad R51

 

Check out the basic IBM ThinkPad R51 if you're low on cash, but think twice before loading up on expensive options.

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Perfection

 

This is one of the sharpest best designed Lap Tops I have ever seen. IBM has done it again. They are the master of the lap top and this is no exception. The 15" monitor is crisp and bright. I originally purchased this unit for my company on an expense...

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IBM ThinkPad R51 1836BDU NoteBook Intel Pentium M 1.50GHz 15.0" SXGA+ 256MB Memory DDR333 40GB HDD DVD/CD-RW Combo ATI Mobility Radeon 7500

 

great overall computer. very good looking and well performing laptop. lcd is very very nice. would buy another just like it. the usuall from ibm as in you rarely find complaints about them.

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IBM ThinkPad R51 1836BDU NoteBook Intel Pentium M 1.50GHz 15.0" SXGA+ 256MB Memory DDR333 40GB HDD DVD/CD-RW Combo ATI Mobility Radeon 7500

 

Great computer, one of few with the sxga+ screen. Highly reccommended.

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You do not need to be a geek, to operate this machine.

 

A notebook I can operate now and grow into later.

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Product Specifications

IBM ThinkPad R Series notebooks offer mainstream performance and features for frequently mobile users who want easy, ready-to-run computing. These affordable notebooks offer lightweight designs with great performance, outstanding battery life on select models and large, bright displays. The ThinkPad R51 mobile workstation provides high-performance graphics for displaying detailed designs, dramatic demos and high-powered presentations. The ThinkPad family also features exclusive IBM ThinkVantage Technologies and ThinkVantage design. Together, they deliver business advantage by helping to save time and money and enabling you to focus on your business - not your technology.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/4.7hour(s)/4hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.2in/10.6in
Height:1.5in/1.6in
Weight:5.7lbs/6.6lbs/6lbs/7.1lbs
Width:12.4in/13.1in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:14.1in/15in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm/38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1400 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Australia / New Zealand/Canada/Germany/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/German
Manufacturer:IBM/Lenovo
Model:1829/1830/1831/1836/1840/1841/2883/2887/2888/2889/2894/2895
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad R51/ThinkPad R51

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / UltraNav/Light gun / TrackPoint / UltraNav

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:400MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Business black
Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex/ITU V.92/ITU V.92 / k56Flex
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11b/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/8x
Rewrite Speed:10x/24x
Type:CD-ROM/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD-ROM/DVD-RW/DVD-RW / DVD-RAM/None
Write Speed:16x/24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

Clock Speed:1.3GHz/1.4GHz/1.5GHz/1.6GHz/1.7GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:725/735
Type:Celeron/Celeron M/Pentium M

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/1GB/256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty /4 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:None./Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB/20GB/30GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Memory

Installed Size:32MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/ATI Mobility Radeon 9000/Intel Extreme Graphics 2
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