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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. Comments about the durability and screen are generally positive. The battery and performance are also appreciated, whereas views are divided on the image quality. Many are critical 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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of IBM Thinkpad X41 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the usability and design. The durability and performance also get good feedback, whereas the price and battery get negative reviews.

screen, performance, durability, design, usability

battery, price

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

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Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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's sister site 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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB


Front Camera: No

Dimensions & Weight


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


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.016 / 0.128


Country Kits:United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X41/ThinkPad X41

Input Device

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


Data Bus Speed:400MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller


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


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


Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.6GHz
Processor cache type:L2
Processor Number:758/778
Type:Pentium M


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


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


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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