IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC "First Look" (pics, specs)

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  1. Barry J. Doyle

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    <H3 align=left>IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC "First Look"[/h3]


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    This machine is a beauty indeed.

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    The X41 sports asleek profile.


    Finally the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC has arrived. Many prospective buyers have anxiously awaited the release of this model spawned from the legendary ThinkPad product line. Weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., the X41 packs in a host of features demanded by business-oriented road warriors all in a light, sturdy and compact package. The X41 is powered by the somewhat modest, very capable low voltage Intel Pentium M processor at 1.5GHz. A perfect compromise between power consumption, performance and comfort. The low voltage 1.5 Pentium M stays cool and ceases to blast out the heat that the recent Sonoma-based Tablet PC s deliver.

    Despite the low voltage core of the 1.5 GHz Pentium M (Intel processor number 758), the CPU is accompanied by the latest Intel 915GM chipset. All of the newest features such as the lightening fast PCI Express bus and high definition audio capabilities are all encompassed into the core performance of the X41.


    Of honorable mention:


    1. As we have raved in the past, it is refreshing to see a lightweight portable that has been graced by the improved Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 video architecture.


    2. The ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC exudes the legendary reliability and stability that has built a strong reputation for the ThinkPad model line.


    3. Integrated Bluetooth

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    Tablet mode. Kinda has a Darth Vader-esqe appearance don't you think?


    IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC Basic Specs:

    Processor-- Intel Pentium M (1.5 GHz)
    RAM installed-- 512 MB DDR SDRAM
    Hard drive-- 40 GB EIDE
    Input device-- Keyboard, Touchpad
    Weight-- 3.5 lbs
    Dimensions (W x D x H)-- 10.5 in x 8.3 in x 0.8 in
    Display-- 12.1 in TFT active matrix
    Max resolution-- 1024 x 768
    Audio output-- Sound card
    Modem-- 56 Kbps Fax / modem
    Battery installed-- 1 Lithium ion
    OS provided-- Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
    Service & support type-- 3 years warranty


    Since we have three of the most currently popular Tablet PC's in our top secret underground, radiation proof testing facility,
    we were able to take a few photos for size comparisons.

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    From top to bottom: IBM X41, HP TC 4200 and the Toshiba Tecra M4


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    Same order as above, left side view


    TheTecra M4includes a14" displayand is much larger and heavierthan the HP TC4200 and IBM X41. The HP TC4200 is about 1/3 thicker than the slim X41. The X41 is about 1/2 of the weight (3.5 lbs.) of the Toshiba Tecra M4!

    Select X41Imagestaken inour "Top Secret" Photo Lab:

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    The power button and rotational controls accompanied by the cool alien green
    indicator lights.


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    underside (battery, docking port, RAM access,pen compartment)


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    front (display latch to the lower right)


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    right (ac in,VGA out, USB/Mini USBports, heat vent)


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    left (Kensington lock, modem port, LAN port, USB, SD rard reader, headphone jack,
    mic jack, PCMCIA slot)

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    back (swivel hinge, battery edge)

    Like many current business-class portable computers under 4lbs., the X41 optical drive is seperate. To keepsize and weight to a minimum,it isbecoming more common for manufacturersto offer a USB external opticaldrive separately. We do in facthave the X41 optical drive, optional extended battery and complete docking station on hand. We will focus on each of these accessories in great detail in our full review of the X41 Tablet PC coming soon.

    Be sure to check back with us for our full comprehensive performance benchmarks, focus on features and extensive details ofthe X41in our full review. The X41 Tablet has become a close companion that we are testing in a variety of locations and settings. In the meanwhile, if you are dead set on the X41 as the right model Tablet PCfor you, our immediate response is "order it". We don't think you can lose with a machine of this quality, engineering and legendary support!


    Barry

     
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  2. Brian

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    I thought the X41 tablet was great when I first got to play with one a few months ago. When it sits next to those other fat daddys it looks even better! I do have to give HP some credit though, I think they've done a very nice job with the tc4200, a nice alternative to the X41t if that's outside of your budget.
     
  3. Barry J. Doyle

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    Brian,

    I think you hit the nail on the head. I would say that the TC4200 is as close to the X41 as you can get for a few hundred $ less. IMO, both of these Tablets are great choices for anyone looking for a stable, sturdy and lightweight machine.
     
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    thx for sharing the nice pix....
    do you have a T4010. => side by side comparison would be very interessting..... :)
     
  5. Andrew

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    hey Barry, it looks like the extended life battery is in the X41 Tablet there, did you get a "regular" life battery with this or just the type that's sticking out?

    Thanks for the great pictures and first thoughts.
     
  6. Barry J. Doyle

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    Andrew,

    What you see in the photo is the standard X41 battery that shipped with the unit. The extended battery (which we will look at closely in the full review), has an almost "wafer thin" design and fits securely on the base of the X41.
     
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    I think it would be cool in addition to a in-depth X41 review to also do a comparison review with the TC4200. Might be kinda interesting... :cool:
     
  8. Barry J. Doyle

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    astro,

    Since these two models share similar designs and features, we will make references for comparison to to TC4200 in our X41 review. You can definately count on the bechmarks to be side by side as well.
     
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    When can we expect this full review?
     
  10. Barry J. Doyle

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    Todd,

    We are shooting to post the X41 Tablet Full Review on or before June 29th. This will be record time for us since generally it usually takes about 3-4 weeks to work through our benchmarks, testing and details. However, due to the popularity of the X41 Tablet, we are working double time ; )
     
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