Latest ThinkPad Is a Top-Notch Ultraportable

The impressive Lenovo ThinkPad X60s (shown with its included dock) replaces the ThinkPad X41.
The impressive Lenovo ThinkPad X60s (shown with its included dock) replaces the ThinkPad X41.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X60s is a speedy, well-designed ultraportable notebook geared toward business users. The pricey unit replaces the ThinkPad X41, and while it leaves out a few features you'll find on comparable laptops--such as a built-in optical drive--the X60s is still one of the best ultraportable models you can buy.

Carrying an Intel 1.66-MHz Core Duo L2400 processor with 512MB of RAM, our shipping unit was one of the fastest ultraportables we have tested, receiving a score of 83 on WorldBench 5. The X60s's performance exceeds that of laptops running the 1.73-GHz Pentium M 740 chip, and generally matches those with 1.86-GHz Pentium M 750 CPUs. The X60s also provided outstanding battery life in our tests: 8 hours, 21 minutes from its eight-cell lithium ion battery.

In addition to its strong performance, this ThinkPad is wonderfully well designed. The keyboard is superb; typists will love the layout and deep keystrokes. You'll also find dedicated keys for volume and for Lenovo's useful ThinkVantage Productivity Center help software.

The 3.5-pound X60s includes three USB ports, one FireWire port, and slots for SD and PC Cards. Adding the X6 UltraBase docking station (included in the $2299 price) increases the total weight to 6.1 pounds and supplies the DVD-ROM/CD-RW combination drive, as well as one parallel, one serial, and four USB connections.

I have two particular gripes with this otherwise very impressive laptop: It has only an eraserhead pointing device (the choice I happen to prefer), and it lacks a built-in optical drive. Beyond those quibbles, however, this ThinkPad is an outstanding ultraportable for business users and anyone else who wants a well-designed machine.

ThinkPad X60s

This top-rated ultraportable provides a great keyboard, superior performance, and an outstanding design.
Price when reviewed: $2299
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