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IBM Thinkpad X41

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and design. The battery and keyboard are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency. The touchpad and resolution get less positive reviews.

portability, keyboard, battery, design, usability

value for money, resolution, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the IBM Thinkpad X41 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet

 

Co-Published with Laptop Magazine: Solutions for business and life. Tablet fans everywhere have been waiting to see how well the [...]

Exceptionally light for a convertible ; Best keyboard ; Six-plus hours of battery life with extended battery ; Generous Tablet buttons

Best keyboard ; Six-plus hours of battery life with extended battery ; Generous Tablet buttons ; Sluggish hard drive ; Weak microphone and speaker

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41

 

Light weight and long battery life keep this laptop at the front of the pack.

Lightweight, with a great keyboard

Optical drive is external only

Despite average performance, the X41 has long battery life with an extended battery, a light weight, and a great keyboard.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Notebook Model 25285FU (1.5GHz Pentium M Centrino 758, 512MB DDR2, 40GB, DVD/CD-RW, Windows XP Pro, 12.1

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Includes a fingerprint reader

Sluggish WorldBench performance

This updated three-pound ultraportable now comes with a biometric fingerprint reader for extra security.

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ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC Review and ThinkPad Review Roundup

 

We've just published a review of the most exciting new ThinkPad, the X41 Tablet PC, on NotebookReview.com's sister site TabletPCReviewSpot.com. And while mentioning that, here's a rundown of other recent ThinkPad reviews we have done and are working...

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Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X41Tablet

 

Operating System: MS Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz, RAM: 512 MB, System Weight: 3.5 lbs, H...

Lightest convertible tablet. Great pen-on-paper feel. Bidirectional fingerprint reader. ThinkVantage security system.

No built-in optical drive. 1024x768 maximum resolution.

IBM's first tablet is first-rate and will surely bring some buzz to the tablet community. It's the lightest convertible around, and the screen has a perfect paper-like feel for writing.

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ThinkPad X41 review

 

PC Mag has a review of the new ThinkPad X41, one of the last laptops developed by IBM before the company's PC business was snapped up by Lenovo earlier this year. The 3.2 pound X41 isn't the lightest ultraportable out there, but it does have...

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IBM ThinkPad X41 Review (pics, specs)

 

The IBM ThinkPad X41 notebook is a 12.1 screen ultraportable that follows in the footsteps of last years ThinkPad X40 release. Although the X41 is small and light, weighing only 2.7lbs with a 4-cell battery, it is not underpowered by any means as it...

1.5GHz Intel Pentium M is the fastest processor available for this sized notebook Highly usable keyboard and TrackPoint navigation, even with the limited area Excellent rugged build, Active Protection System and biometric security combine to make a...

No built-in optical drive Secure digital is the only available flash memory reader, competitors offer multi-card readers Can get warm on the left palm-rest and on the underside after prolonged usage Some might miss having a touchpad and Windows...

Tech specs and features aside, the ThinkPad X41 continues the streak of providing a highly usable laptop in the small 12.1" screen form factor. It's no small feat to produce a keyboard on a notebook of this size that feels the same as a keyboard on a...

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IBM ThinkPad X41 First Thoughts Review (pics, specs)

 

The IBM ThinkPad X41 notebook is a 12.1 screen ultraportable style machine that follows in the footsteps of last years ThinkPad X40 release. Noteworthy for the X41 is that it has a 1.50 GHz Pentium M 758 processor that uses the latest Intel 915...

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Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet

 

Rumors were running rampant when it came to guessing which vendor would be next to dip its toes in the rather tepid waters of the tablet market. Some said Apple, others Dell. It turns out that Lenovo/IBM beat them to it. The new ThinkPad X41 Tablet...

Lightest convertible tablet. Great pen-on-paper feel. Bidirectional fingerprint reader. ThinkVantage security system

No built-in optical drive. 1024x768 maximum resolution

IBM's first tablet is first-rate and will surely bring some buzz to the tablet community. It's the lightest convertible around, and the screen has a perfect paper-like feel for writing.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet unreview

 

What happens when you take the most respected laptop brand, combine it with a tablet form factor, some tweaks to Windows XP, and give it to Jade for a month? Read on for his thoughtful and humorous take on the Lenovo ThinkPad X41.

Product Specifications

Building on trends in biometric adoption, identity verification costs and government compliance, ThinkPad X41 ultraportable notebook is the lightest and smallest ThinkPad with a built-in fingerprint reader (select models). The new ThinkPad X41 is equipped with powerfull processor, and robust graphics capabilities. Supporting all of the power and graphics capabilities, the ThinkPad X41 includes the ThinkPad Power Manager, allowing end-users to have control over the thermal management of their notebook PC, specifically the processor speed and the speed of the fan that cools the processor, two devices that significantly impact battery life. Power Manager also includes additional power management features that let users create battery schemes tailored for their specific computing needs. Along with the cost saving benefits of the complete suite of ThinkVantage Technologies, the ThinkPad X41 shares a common image with the ThinkPad T43 and ThinkPad R52, helping businesses to simplify integration of the new ThinkPad X41 into their PC environment, and helping reduce the overall total cost of PC ownership. The ThinkPad X41 is designed to work with the optional X4 UltraBase Dock, providing an additional expansion option for mobile workers while bringing the combined weight to only 4 pounds. With the X4 UltraBase Dock, people have the flexibility of UltraBay Slim devices such as additional batteries, CD or DVD optical drives, added media options and increased storage capacity.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)/2.5hour(s)/5.7hour(s)/7.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.3in/9.3in
Height:0.9in/1.1in
Weight:2.9lbs/3.1lbs/3.3lbs
Width:10.5in/10.6in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:IBM/Lenovo
Model:1864/2525/2526/2527/2528
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X41/ThinkPad X41

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint/Keyboard / TrackPoint/TrackPoint / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:400MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller

Modem

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

Networking

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

Optical Storage

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

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.6GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:758/778
Type:Pentium M

RAM

Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.25GB/1.5GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900