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IBM ThinkPad X40

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of IBM ThinkPad X40. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The performance and battery are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the usability and price are mixed. The image quality and screen get negative views.

portability, battery, performance, design, reliability

touchpad, screen, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the IBM ThinkPad X40 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Omar Cintron (pcmag.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40 (Iss. 21 2004)

 

A tried-and-true favorite among business-class ultraportables, the IBM ThinkPad X40 is hard to compete with.

Good performance, full-size keyboard, standard hard drive space and system memory for everyday apps.

Optical drive in docking station. Few bundled apps.

The ThinkPad X40 is a longtime favorite among traveling users. Portability, power, and smart features have kept it a true winner.

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

ThinkPad X40 Notebook

 

Ultraportable ThinkPad boasts the finest keyboard for its size.

The ThinkPad X40 may not be a perfect ultraportable, but it does have a lock on the perfect ultraportable keyboard. The keyboard quality may be enough to help you forget you're spending $2299 on the X40 and its docking station, without getting a set of...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (pcworld.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40 Notebook

 

Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Xiao Ming Wu (cnet.com)

ThinkPad X40 review

 

ThinkPad X40

Light; modular design; excellent performance; long battery life.

Pricey; no FireWire; no integrated optical drive; no touchpad.

Business travelers who like to travel light should definitely consider IBM's sleek, new, full-featured powerhouse: the ThinkPad X40.

Mar, 2004

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40

 

A tried-and-true favorite among business-class ultraportables, the IBM ThinkPad X40 is hard to compete with. Once again, it's our Editors' Choice winner in this space.

Good performance, full-size keyboard, standard hard drive space and system memory for everyday apps

Optical drive in docking station. Few bundled apps

The ThinkPad X40 is ideal for the road warrior who needs portability and essential functionality on the go.

Expert review by: Hardware Zone (hardwarezone.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40

 

So what have we gathered from the many hours spent with the ThinkPad X40? For starters, the petite and rugged feel grew on us real quick. The ThinkPad X40 is one of those expensive devices that can really take the punishments of everyday use. Thus, you...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: John Chow (thetechzone.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40 Review

 

You want a notebook that can last all day and look good doing it? The IBM ThinkPad X40 is your dream come true! Not only can the X40 go all day but it's also the world's smallest notebook with a full size keyboard!

World's Smallest notebook with a full size keyboard, Amazing battery life, Excellent keyboard, Built in SD card reader, Low price

IBM won't let me keep it

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: HardwareCentral (hardwarecentral.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40 Review

 

A 3.2-pound flyweight (4.9 pounds with optical-drive docking base) with admirable battery life and built-in diagnostic/recovery tools, First-class keyboard; numerous neat little touches

Price climbs quickly as you add options, Merely adequate 1.2GHz processor, inadequate-for-games graphics

Along with Windows XP Professional, Norton AntiVirus 2003, and RecordNow and WinDVD software, the X40 comes with an array of friendly IBM utilities for configuring hardware options, switching between wired and wireless networks, and other management...

Apr, 2004

Recommended!

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (trustedreviews.com)

IBM ThinkPad X40 - Ultra-Portable Notebook

 

The IBM ThinkPad X40 may not be as slim and light as the Sony X505VP, but it's a better all-round solution.

The X40 is slim, stylish, light and ergonomically superior to every other ultra-portable machine I've used. If you want a lightweight traveling companion, the X40 should be top of your list.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Xiao Ming Wu (cnet.co.uk)

ThinkPad X40 review

 

ThinkPad X40

Light; modular design; excellent performance; long battery life.

Pricey; no FireWire; no integrated optical drive; no touchpad.

Business travelers who like to travel light should definitely consider IBM's sleek, new, full-featured powerhouse: the ThinkPad X40.

Mar, 2004

Product Specifications

ThinkPad X Series is ideal for users who need an ultraportable notebook but refuse to sacrifice durability or performance. These notebooks are the ultimate business tools for professionals who are constantly on the move and who need to stay productive - whenever, wherever. While traveling, the numerous security and quality features on the X Series notebooks promise to keep you productive. The ultraportable notebooks starts at an extremely small footprint, but just because it's small doesn't mean it can't perform. The X Series models offer impressive performance features.

Audio

Audio system:AD1981B / SoundMAX
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:0.5

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):3.5 / 7 / 7.5
Number of battery cells:4 / 8
Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/7.5hour(s)/7hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Camera

Front Camera:N

Certificates

Certification:FCC Class B certified, CE, BSMI, CCIB, cUL, EPA Energy Star, UL 1950, VCCI-II, CB, CCEE

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.3in/9.3in
Height:0.9in/1.1in
Weight:2.6lbs/2.7lbs/3.1lbs/3.3lbs/5.1lbs
Width:10.6in

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:ATA-100 (Enhanced IDE)

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Contrast ratio (typical):750:1
Display Diagonal:12.1
Display Resolution:1024 x 768

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Graphics

Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:ATA-100 (Enhanced IDE)

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Belgium/Canada / United States/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:IBM/Lenovo
Model:2370/2371/2372/2382/2386
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X40/ThinkPad X40

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint/Keyboard / Scroll button / TrackPoint/Keyboard / TrackPoint/TrackPoint / Keyboard

Keyboard

Keyboard number of keys:85
Keyboard type:Full Size / QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:400MHz

Memory

Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller

Modem

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

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/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/Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Networking features: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 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/Bluetooth / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/802.11b / Bluetooth/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:8 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
DVD read speed:8
Optical Drive Type:DVD-ROM / No

Optical Storage

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

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Audio system:AD1981B / SoundMAX
Battery Type:4 Cell Lithium-Ion / 8 Cell Lithium-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Dimensions (WxDxH):10.6 x 8.31 x 0.827 / 10.6 x 8.31 x 0.945 / 10.6 x 8.31 x 1.06 / 10.6 x 9.33 x 0.945 / 10.6 x 9.33 x 1.06
Display:LCD
Docking solution:X4 Dock / X4 UltraBase Dock
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.92 / V.92
Security Features:-Hard disk drive password\n-IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password / -IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password\n-Hard disk drive password\n-IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0 / •Hard disk drive password \n•IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0 \n•IBM Security Slot \n•Power-on password \n•Supervisor password / •Hard disk drive password\n•IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n•IBM Security Slot\n•Power-on password\n•Supervisor password / •IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0
TV in port:No / Yes
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: No
Wake-on-Ring ready: No
Weight:2.73
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11b//Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type I / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:-AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-External microphone\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11\n-RJ-45\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) / -AC adapter\n-External Display\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-External microphone\n-RJ-45\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n-RJ-11\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared / -Headphone/Line out\n-External microphone\n-External Display\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-AC adapter\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11\n-RJ-45\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) / -RJ-11\n-RJ-45\n-External microphone\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared\n-AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) / -RJ-45\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n-AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-External microphone\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11 / -RJ-45\n-2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11\n-External microphone\n-AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock) / 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) \n1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm \n1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm \n1 x infrared - IrDA \n1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 \n1 x network - RJ-45 \n1 x Hi-Speed USB \n1 x docking / port replicator \n1 x PoweredUSB 2.0, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, IrDA / Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock) / USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Infrared\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered), USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Infrared, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Infrared\n•RJ-11, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Infrared\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB), USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •Headphone/Line out\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Infrared\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB), USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, IrDA / •Infrared\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •Infrared\n•RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•Headphone/Line out\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Infrared, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR / •RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•USB 2.0 (1 powered)\n•2 Universal Serial Bus (USB)\n•Infrared\n•Headphone/Line out\n•AC adapter\n•Expansion bus (for X4 Ultrabase Dock)\n•External microphone\n•External Display, USB, RJ-11, RJ-45, FIR
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Chipset:Intel 855GME
Clock Speed:1.2GHz/1.4GHz/1.5GHz/1GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Motherboard chipset:Intel 855GME
Processor cache:1 / 2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6
Processor front side bus:400
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:738/758
Type:Pentium M

RAM

Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.25GB/1.28GB/1.28GB / 1.25GB/1.53GB/1.53GB / 1.5GB/1.53MB/1.54GB/1.54GB / 1.5GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:IBM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Bundled software:Access IBM, IBM Access Connections, IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, IBM Update Connector, Norton AntiVirus 2004, PC-Doctor, Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license), Adobe Acrobat Reader / IBM Update Connector, Access Program, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, Norton AntiVirus 2004 OEM Version, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Operating system installed:Windows XP Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:Ultra-ATA/100
Total Storage Capacity:40

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:20GB/40GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Recommended Use:Small business

Video

Video adapter resolution:2048x1536 16777216 colors / 2048x1536 65536 colors
Video adapter, bus:Direct AGP

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics 2

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.31 / 9.33
Height:0.937 / 0.945 / 1.06
Height (front):0.811
Height (rear):1.06
Weight:2.65 / 2.73 / 3.17 / 3.22 / 3.24
Width:10.6