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IBM Thinkpad X41

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews of IBM Thinkpad X41. 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. People are impressed by the durability and screen. The battery and performance are also appreciated. Views are divided on the image quality, and some have doubts about the energy efficiency and touchpad.

portability, performance, battery, screen, durability

price, touchpad, energy

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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for IBM Thinkpad X41

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of IBM Thinkpad X41 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the usability and design. The durability and performance also get good opinions, whereas many are negative about the price and battery.

screen, performance, durability, design, usability

battery, price

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

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

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (pcworld.com)

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.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Carla Thornton (pcworld.com)

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.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

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...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Brian Nadel (cnet.com)

ThinkPad X41 review

 

At long last: a ThinkPad tablet With the ThinkPad X41 tablet, Lenovo has added tablet functionality to one of the best ultraportable notebooks on the market, the ThinkPad X41 , without compromising on the screen quality or the security. At $1,899 (as...

Tablet is thin, light, and convertible; more than five hours of battery life; sturdy case and hinge; great screen for writing; top tablet security; excellent screen controls.

Writing surface is recessed; character recognition software is a work in progress; has neither S-Video nor FireWire ports; expensive.

With the performance of a laptop in a lightweight case, the ThinkPad X41 tablet is one of the best convertible tablets we've seen.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

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.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (engadget.com)

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...

May, 2005

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

IBM ThinkPad X41

 

The ThinkPad X41 is a great, solid ultraportable, with improved security and performance.

New Centrino components. Fabulous keyboard.

External optical drive. Only a 40GB hard drive.

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May, 2005

Expert review by: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

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...

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...

May, 2005

Expert review by: abaxter (NotebookReview.com)

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...

Apr, 2005

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

Audio system:SoundMAX
Number of built-in speakers:1

Audio Input

Type:Microphone/None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):2.5 / 2.6 / 5 / 5.7 / 6.3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 8
Run Time (Up To):12hour(s)/2.5hour(s)/5.7hour(s)/7.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Camera

Front Camera:N

Design

Form Factor:Convertible (Swivel)
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.3in/9.3in
Height:0.9in/1.1in
Weight:2.9lbs/3.1lbs/3.3lbs
Width:10.5in/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
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

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

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA / Intel GMA 900
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.016 / 0.128

Hard Drive

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

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

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard number of keys:85
Keyboard type:AZERTY / Full Size
Pointing device:Trackpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:400MHz

Memory

Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5 / 1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:533
Memory layout:1 x 0.5
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 0.5

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

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
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
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet/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, WLAN
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 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-Writer/None
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Audio system:SoundMAX
Battery Type:4 Cell Lithium-Ion / 8 cell Li-Ion battery pack / 8 Cell Lithium-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Nederlandse Editie / 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 1.06
Display:LCD / TFT
Docking solution:X4 Dock / X4 Dock / X4 UltraBase
Graphics:GMA / GMA 900
Graphics adapter:GMA / GMA 900
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: Yes
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56 V.92 / 56K V.92 / V.92
Security Features:-Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password / -Fingerprint reader\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Power-on password\n-Security Slot\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Security Slot\n-Supervisor password / -Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password\n-Security lock slot / -IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Supervisor password / -IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password\n-IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Hard disk drive password / -Integrated fingerprint reader\n-IBM Security Slot\n-Power-on password\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Supervisor password / -Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password\n-Hard disk drive password / -Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password\n-Hard disk drive password / -Security lock slot\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Supervisor password / -Security lock slot\n-Supervisor password\n-Power-on password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Hard disk drive password / -Supervisor password\n-Hard disk drive password\n-Integrated fingerprint reader\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot / -Supervisor password\n-Power-on password\n-Security lock slot\n-Hard disk drive password
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: No
Wake-on-Ring ready: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g / 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II / Type III
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:4
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:-AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-External Display\n-External Microphone/Line-In\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11\n-RJ-45\n-2 USB 2.0 (1 IBM Powered USB 2.0 Port) / -AC adapter\n-Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)\n-Headphone/Line out\n-External Display\n-External Microphone/Line-In\n-Infrared\n-RJ-11\n-RJ-45\n-2 USB 2.0 (1 IBM Powered USB 2.0 Port) / -X4 Dock\n-X4 UltraBase / Expansion bus (for X4 UltraBase Dock)
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 1.1 ports quantity:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Chipset:Intel 915GM Express
Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.6GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Motherboard chipset:Intel 915GM Express
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor family:Intel® Pentium® M
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.6
Processor front side bus:400
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:758/778
Type:Pentium M

RAM

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

Security

Cable lock slot:IBM / Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Bundled software:Access Connections; Access Program; Rescue & Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access Connections; Access Program; Rescue and Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with Three year parts and labour 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access IBM, IBM Access Connections, IBM Rescue and Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access program, ThinkVantage Access Connections Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access program, ThinkVantage Access Connections, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access Program, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Access Program, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader\n / Connections, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, Norton AntiVirus 2004 with 90 days of virus definition upgrades, PC Doctor diagnostics, Adobe Acrobat Reader / Y
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system installed:Windows XP Professional / Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:4200
Hard Drive Capacity:40 / 60
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Hard drive speed:4200
Host interface:SATA / Ultra-ATA/100
Total Storage Capacity:40 / 60

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

Video adapter resolution:2048x1536 16777216 colors
Video adapter, bus:PCI Express

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5 / 8.31
Height:0.827 / 0.945 / 1.06 / 1.14
Weight:2.73 / 2.84 / 2.87 / 3.17 / 3.2 / 3.31 / 4.06 / 4.14 / 5.84
Width:10.6 / 10.8