"Exactly what I needed"4.0 starson by nickdelag
Pros: LIGHTWEIGHT, tablet
Cons: Slow to start up
Summary: First, let me start off by describing who I am and why I bought this computer. I am a third-year law student and about to enter the legal profession with an eye to litigation. I wanted a computer that I could use for one more year of school and then take into the workforce.
After having eyed tablets for several years and waiting to find out if they'd stick around (I'm still not so sure), I decided to get it. I was dissatisfied with my old Dell Inspiron because it was slow, loud, and very heavy. I wanted an ultraportable convertible tablet PC -- which is exactly what this is.
Overall, the only real problem I have with this computer is the ammount of time it takes to start-up. Other than that, I have had no problems. The speed is good, the fingerprint sensor is functional (extremely useful when starting the X41 in the tablet formation, ridiculous otherwise), the keyboard is full-size and mostly intuitive (there is no "Windows" key, although you can program the right "alt" key to act as it, and the "control" key is in a strange location), and the fan noise is almost always inaudible. Did I mention how incredibly lightweight the computer is?
IBM/Lenovo includes with this computer, as a program called VirtualDrive. VirtualDrive allows you to run CD/DVD/ROM/RW/MORE LETTERS games from your tablet (or any other computer, I suppose) without the actual disk. It sets aside around 6 gigs of space to completely copy (for personal use, I suppose) a CD/DVD/CDC/ABC/123 game. Thus, you can run a game without a CD by causing the game to access that section of your computer. You can't pop-in a CD any old place, but you can play a CD-required videogame without the CD (assuming you had it in the first place).
I have had no hardware problems at all, except for some plug-and-play difficulty with a mouse (resolved via the old re-boot). I have had no input problems, no output problems, nothing.
My biggest complaint with the computer is the ammount of time it took me to actually get it. It took about a month from the time I ordered it to get shipped(from China), and the FDA (yes, the FDA) stopped it at just about every point they could (searching, I suppose, for a massive ring of illegal food smugglers operating by disguising food to look like laptop computers [I'm sure someone out there has actually tried to eat their CPU at some point]). But, once I actually got it -- after all the illegal food had been removed by our national guardians of the dinnerplate, of course -- the computer worked great. Of course, I ordered the computer immediately after it was given a high profile in U.S. computer-press, so there was probably a high demand for it. As this is IBM/Lenovo's first foray into the tablet world, I don't fault them too much for making such a successful product their first time around.
The tablet has actually been more useful than I originally imagined it might be. At this point I turn to the advantages of a tablet in general. Simply put, a tablet can go where a laptop may not. There are many circumstances wherein a laptop (especially a laptop's impeding screen) would be innapropriate -- many meetings, for example. The tablet, however, becomes my pad of paper. I cannot lose this notepad in the same way as I could any other, and organization is a cinch. That is, I never have to search my desk or my file folders for my notes of a specific meeting -- they're right where I need them, whenever I need them.
For those solely in an educational context (college students & their parents): The tablet works exactly how you'd want it to, with the exception of handwriting recognition. Though the software can convert, it does not do an exceedingly good job. Instead, treat the tablet as you would your regular notes (oh, and get MS OneNote). If you need to convert, be prepared to spend some time deciphering "fore toon" into "fourteen." The disadvantage -- people will notice this tablet (or, for that matter, any tablet). Keep a very good eye on it.
As a general PC: the tablet allows for some functionality that simply was unavailable before (that is, additional abilities deriving from the ability to write on the screen). Sitting in bed or on my couch surfing the internet is much easier, so long as I am not writing anything longwided like this. The weight allows this computer, especially while in the tablet configuration, to act in ways that we never imagined computers might (for example, it is very easy to just stand-up and hold the laptop like you might a magazine or newspaper).
It's a good PC; it's a good laptop; it's a good tablet. To say it succinctly, it's a good buy.