IBM launched the lightest and thinnest ThinkPad in its range, the X40. Twenty per cent smaller and 25 per cent lighter than its predecessor, the X40 features the Intel Pentium-M processor. Select models include Intel’s Centrino mobile technology. The X40 offers wireless technology via Intel 802.11b, IBM 802.11b/g and IBM 802.11a/b/g providing user flexibility. All X40 models come standard with a modem, Gigabit Ethernet and Infrared. The ThinkPad X40 also includes new features such as a powered USB 2.0 port, which supports external optical drives without a separate AC adapter, and a new Secure Digital port. The ThinkPad X40 can work with the new optional X4 UltraBase Dock, providing additional expansion options at a combined weight of less than 1.82kg. The X40 offers a battery life of up to 7.5 hours on select models with an optional 8-cell battery. With the X40, IBM is also launching Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, a completely new set of tools that provide one-button relief from a broad range of common PC problems, including viruses, missing system files and corrupted software drivers. The ThinkPad X40 is available now through Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, Cellnet and Synnex. RRP: From $2699 to $3399.