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Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet
alaScore 83

220 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 220 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and battery. The value for money and performance are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the reliability and screen are different.

portability, performance, value for money, battery, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Lenovo Thinkpad X61T Notebook / Tablet-PC


The Lenovo IBM Thinkpad X61T is a compact mobile notebook with ta

Classical, decent Thinkpad design ; Low weight and size ; Very good workmanship ; Excellent quality of material (magnesium case) ; Excellent input devices ; Bright, matt display, fit for outdoor usage ; Tablet functions

which seem to be partly not mature ; A little high surface temperatures ; Very expensive

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ThinkPad X61 Notebook


Though the optical drive is not integrated, everything else about this business portable is top-notch, especially battery life.

size, look, performance, everything, Extended battery life, Nice docking station

price, Optical drive not integrated, No touchpad ; eraserhead only

Our review unit, which included an UltraBase docking station with a dual-layer DVD burner, costs $1724 (as of July 27, 2007). The great performance and features, and its reasonable price, make the X61 our current top choice of ultraportable

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61 User Review


I was looking for a full featured laptop that had the power of a desktop in an ultra portable form factor to allow for less strain when traveling; also there was a certain amount of “wow” factor being looked for when considering which unit to get. ...

Full desktop performance in an ultraportable form factor ; Elegant design coupled with excellent rugged construction ; ThinkPad's legendary keyboard ; Availability of optional features such as Turbo Memory, WWAN connectivity, and Ultrabase

Screen is inherently difficult to view at different angles ; Sounds is a bit low ; Battery tends to give a little over time, and hibernation software not 100 percent perfect ; System comes full of bloatware

The X61 under review has the older 3945abg card, and the performance seems to be better than the newer Intel card in the T61 I have, at least in terms of finding new connections


Editor's Choice!

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Lenovo Thinkpad X61 Tablet


These days, convertible tablet PCs are showing up as more than just a blip on the radar. They've been widely adopted in the vertical markets, and students are embracing them. Lenovo (formerly IBM) has long been a leader in the convertible tablet PC...

Best keyboard on a tablet PC. Built tough for the road. EV-DO or HSDPA modem embedded. Fast hard drive. Best combination of performance and battery life. Nice grip on the digitizer pen

If you need an optical drive, the docking station is going to be expensive. System is starting to look heavy against the competition ; Watch the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet Video Review

The combination of performance, battery life, and usability is the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet's winning formula.

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In the ThinkPad X61, Lenovo has introduced its successor to the ThinkPad X60. The X61 uses Intel's Santa Rosa mobile processor. Otherwise, it's the same light, sophisticated ultraportable as the earlier model; like the X60, it lacks an integrated...

Extended battery life Nice docking station

Optical drive not integrated No touchpad; eraserhead only

Our review unit, which included an UltraBase docking station with a dual-layer DVD burner, costs $1724 (as of July 27, 2007). The great performance and features, and its reasonable price, make the X61 our current top choice of ultraportable

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Review


My first thought when pulling this the X61s out of the box was - this thing is tiny.  Then I found the battery which is amazingly about a third of the total weight of the system.  I forgot how small the X series is since I hadn't seen one in awhile. ...

Good Build Quality ; Zippy Performance ; Long Battery Life ; Light Weight ; Clear and Bright Screen ; ThinkVantage Tools ; Marvelous Keyboard ; Docking Options

Loose Screen ; Single Speaker ; Office Trial

The X61s has been a nice contrast to my R60.  I like my R60 a lot, but at times it seems heavy to me.  When I get my next notebook, I might go with something smaller like this X61. After having spent some time with the X61s, I can see why people have...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61s


Striking a very good balance between performance and battery life, the X61s is a highly recommended ultralight business notebook.

Fast performance for ultraportable ; Bright display ; Very good battery life ; Top-notch security and durability

Mediocre Wi-Fi performance ; Lacks integrated optical drive ; No widescreen option

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Review


The X61 is a durable ultraportable computer. It shares many design characteristics with the rest of the ThinkPad line including its internal unibody structure, full-size keyboard, stainless steel display hinges, and complete port selection. The fit and...

Primary keyboard keys are full-size for easy typing ; Extremely fast ultraportable ; Lightweight, even with the 8 cell battery

The display has poor contrast and view angles ; The palm rest gets very warm from the wireless cards mounted below it ; Touchpoint made mouse drift at random times

I wasn’t able to fully test the built-in Verizon wireless WWAN card since I don’t have that service, but I did check its reception in my house. Usually cell phones barely work and cutout frequently. The X61’s antenna saw a 30% signal, and didn't seem...

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Lenovo leaks ThinkPad X61 convertible tablet


Tablet PC Review has discovered a tantalizing spec sheet buried on an IBM website, one which details an upcoming convertible tablet that is presumably the successor to the popular X60: say hello to the Thinkpad X61. Although pics aren't available,...

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Strange Mix-Up: Lenovo Thinkpad X61s


Thinkpads, originally developed by IBM and now produced by the Chinese company Lenovo, are biz-standards, but our configuration wasn't...

The Thinkpad X61s came in late, but its performance was convincing. It closes the gap between notebooks with ULV CPUs and the performance flyer Samsung P200-Pro. It succeeds in walking the tightrope between weight and performance, offering more...

Product Specifications

ThinkPad X Series is ideal for users who need an ultraportable notebook but refuse to sacrifice durability or performance. X Series notebooks can be equipped with Genuine Windows Vista, the latest dual-core processors and Wireless WAN capabilty. ThinkPad X61 models even feature innovative battery controls to help you work longer unplugged, plus advances in security and available Intel Centrino Pro processor technology. This notebook features Intel Active Management Technology (iAMT).

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)/7hour(s)/9hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:3.7lbs/4.2lbs/4.2lbs / 3.7lbs/4.4lbs/4lbs

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 768/1400 x 1050
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet

Input Device

Multi-Touch Display: Yes
Type:Digital pen / TrackPoint / Digitizer / Keyboard/Digital pen / TrackPoint / Touch-screen / Digitizer / Keyboard/Digital pen / Digitizer / Keyboard / Touch-screen / TrackPoint/Digital pen / Digitizer / Keyboard / TrackPoint/Keyboard / Digitizer / TrackPoint / Digital pen


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem/None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.0
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0/802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/Bluetooth / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/Bluetooth / 802.11a/b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:DVD/DVD-Writer/DVD-Writer / None/None
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:L7500
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Duo / No CPU/No CPU


Installed Size:0MB/1GB/2GB/2GB / 0MB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type: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

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:None./Portable/Portable / None.

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB/100GB/120GB/160GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Tablet PC
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino/Intel Centrino Duo/Intel Centrino Pro/Intel Centrino with vPro Technology
Recommended Use:Small business
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100