IBM ThinkPad T30
At a Glance
The edges of the T30's lower casing and screen frame have complementary angles, so they cleverly make a perfect box shape when closed. Besides this case change and the addition of the touchpad, the T30 is a welcome replay of its predecessor, the T23. It includes the same high-resolution 14.1-inch screen and weighs about the same at 5.7 pounds (not counting the AC adapter or floppy drive).
The modular bay, on the right side, can hold any one of six devices, including a Zip, SuperDisk, or second hard drive, or even a pop-out cradle for IBM's WorkPad C500 Series PDA. (Ours came with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combination drive.) The T30 offers all legacy connections except a PS/2 mouse/keyboard port. An S-Video port located on the back lets you watch DVD movies on a TV.
The T30 inherited the T23's robust set of front-mounted speakers and handy volume buttons above the keyboard. IBM has made the animated onboard user's manual easier to use by dividing the contents into three at-a-glance categories that help you drill down to a topic quickly.
Memory and storage continue to be fairly easy to access, although removing the hard drive is a little awkward because you have to keep the lid open in order to slide it out.