Lenovo's easy to use tablet

Lenovo's easy to use tablet

The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet is a hybrid notebook/tablet PC that is easily converted by rotating the screen. The ultraportable X60 Tablet is similar in build and performance to the X60 notebook, however, the new ThinkPad provides added functionality in a tablet form.

The Lenovo X60 Tablet has 1GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, but uses a low voltage Intel Core Duo L2500 1.83GHz CPU. This offers better battery performance, but doesn't have as much grunt as the T2400 Core Duo CPU found in the last X60 we tested in October 2006.

The different battery modes (which can also be customised), allow the user to adjust the machine's performance to suit their battery needs. However, even at the maximum performance setting and running with a full workload (encoding, rendering, multitasking), the X60 Tablet managed to continue running for 230 minutes.

The overall design aims for ease of use when in tablet mode, and offers a number of quick-access navigation controls to facilitate this. The 12.1-inch screen, which runs at 1024 x 768, automatically rotates the perspective when shifting between modes, but if it needs to be done manually there's a screen rotate button.

The screen was responsive to the supplied stylus when hand writing and navigating Windows.

It doesn't have the embedded 3G card that we saw in the original X60, but it still offers Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and also comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connectivity. For added security the machine can be locked using a biometric fingerprint reader, which is conveniently placed near the screen for access in tablet mode.

VERDICT: For tablet users this small, light machine will offer hours of casual usage away from a power source and will comfortably handle a good range of commonly used software.

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