"ThinkPad – BMW of laptop computer. ThinkPad T60 – the Ultimate Business Machine"5.0 starson by Michael_Ling
Pros: Classic, thoughtful design; Sturdy, reliable; Exclusive security features; Outstanding performance; Excellent ThinkVantage Productivity Software; Quiet operation; Long battery life
Cons: I had expected the cover to be Titanium, although the Magnisium is as good as it can be.
Summary: I bought the ThinkPad T60 (2623D5U) to replace my old IBM iSeries, an entry-level ThinkPad which is 5 years old but still works great. I did my research before the purchase and found that ThinkPad is still the most attractive laptop out there. My only concern is whether the new ThinkPad will be as good as the old one, since Lenovo acquired the IBM ThinkPad business last year. After testing my new T60 for two weeks, my concerns are all gone. In fact, I am so satisfied with my new ThinkPad that I decide to write my first product review ever.
THINKPAD T60 FEATURES
Core Duo chipset and superior configuration options
Sturdy, classic design: Unlike other laptops with a modular design, ThinkPad is tightly put together. Rock solid!
A deep supply of connectivity: includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g wireless, Bluetooth, 56Kbps modem, and optional Wireless Broadband Access. I have to mention that when you shop for other laptops, like Dell, you usually have to pay extra for these features.
FEATURES THAT ARE EXCLUSIVE TO THINKPAD
Fast Recovery system: Built in a hidden partition of the hard drive, allows easy and fast system recovery even when you cannot enter the Windows system
Fingerprint Security System: Only ThinkPad has a built-in fingerprint scanner. With a wipe of your fingertips, you can log into your computer via an Embedded Security System.
Shock-mounted hard drive: This hard drive is protected by an air-bag like security mount and constantly monitored by the Active Protective System. In case of shock or vibration, this system will suspend the hard drive to prevent any damage to it.
ThinkVantage: The blue ThinkVantage button summons Lenovo's excellent system support and help utility - ThinkVantage Productivity Center
Think Keyboard Light: An LED light illuminate the keyboard when you type in darkness. I find it extremely helpful. Another brilliant, thoughtful design from ThinkPad.
TrackPoint Device: In addition to a touchpad, ThinkPad still offers its classical TrackPoint device with two sets of mouse buttons, which I found more convenient than other pointing devices.
Sturdy steel hinges: Not just cool-looking, they are the reinforced joint connecting the display with the rest of the machine
FEATURES THAT LENOVO DIDN’T MENTION ABOUT THINKPAD
I think Lenovo is too modest in marketing the ThinkPad. They even didn’t mention the following features of a ThinkPad T60 on their website.
Built-in microphone: great for Net Meeting
Infrared interface: useful for exchange information with your other infrared devices
Multi burner: the DVD burner (selected models) is capable to burn double-layer DVDs. Great for DVD copying or system backup.
OTHER POSITIVE COMMENTS
Quiet: The sound of the hard drive is surprisingly low – I barely hear any noise during start up. ThinkPad did a great job dissipating heat with two louvers. You rarely hear the sound of the internal fan. I have tested many laptops. ThinkPad is the quietest.
UltraConnect antenna: Built into the display cover for optimal signal reception. This antenna provides me reliable wireless connection even when the signal is weak (probably from my remote neighbors).
Keyboard: Lenovo inherited the excellent keyboard design from IBM. ThinkPad still has the best keyboard out there.
Long battery life: My standard 6-cell Li-Ion battery lasts about 3.5 hours under peak performance condition. You can expand the battery life to about 6 hours by purchasing the optional 9-cell battery
Customer Service: Very responsive, friendly customer service provided by IBM in partnership with Lenovo.
SOME NEGATIVE COMMENTS
Cover material: Still magnesium as old ThinkPad. I had expected the ThinkPad T60 to have Titanium surface as in some ThinkPad Z Series
Price: Some people say that ThinkPad is the most expensive laptop within the class, although I disagree. When I loaded the Dell Latitude to the same configuration as my ThinkPad T60, Dell is only about $100 cheaper. But you won’t get those ThinkPad exclusive features anywhere else. In that sense, ThinkPad is well worth the price.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
ThinkPad – BMW of laptop computer.
ThinkPad T60 – the Ultimate Business Machine