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The Lenovo X41 Tablet PC is the convertible many people have been waiting for and since its release a lot of first looks have appeared on the web.  It is clear from these early reviews that the X41 is a true Thinkpad in every way making […]

Ibm_tablet_slate_closeup_1_1The Lenovo X41 Tablet PC is the convertible many people have been waiting for and since its release a lot of first looks have appeared on the web.  It is clear from these early reviews that the X41 is a true Thinkpad in every way making it a very sweet Tablet PC.  TabletPCReviewSpot has published the most comprehensive review of the Thinkpad I have seen anywhere which includes performance benchmarks in addition to a lot of photos of the review unit.  I want one.

Check out the entire review for a thorough look at the new Thinkpad and for those who can’t wait here’s some comments from the reviewer:

We are often asked to rate a convertible Tablet PC as two seperate entities; one being a notebook computer and the other a Tablet PC. The IBM/Lenovo X41 exceeds our expectations in both departments. The notebook is a durable, compact and lightweight mobile computer. The solid keyboard and extra IBM features make the X41 a pleasure to use as a notebook. As a Tablet PC, the X41 is easy to hold in one’s arm – even for long periods of time. The writing functionality is as good as it gets with today’s technology. The screen sensitivity is just right. As we mentioned earlier, the screen surface is somewhat smooth, so our preference is to go with a textured screen overlay which doubles as a functional sheild to protect the display from wear and unwelcomed scratches.

With respect to a long history of ThinkPad models, you just can’t go wrong with a Tablet PC that bares the outstanding quality and trust expected from the highly regarded brand name. This first Tablet PC in the ThinkPad line continues to hold up the tradition of business class, top quality machines. We would recommend the X41 Tablet PC to the choosiest of consumers.

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  1. Michael Parekh Friday, July 8, 2005

    The only deal breaker here is the non-upgradeable 40 GB hard drive…otherwise, great machine.

  2. Matt Brubeck Friday, July 8, 2005

    I wish more tablet PC reviews would include pictures of users holding the devices. It would give a much better sense of the size and feel of a device.

  3. OT-
    I know you haven’t been getting over to the forums much lately and now… looks like they’ve died.

    Click the forum link on your sidebar to see. You really should water those things at least twice a month.

    The question I wanted to ask… and it’s not specific to this laptop… Does the Tablet OS offer international IME support like you get in regular Windows? IOW, can you select Chinese or Japanese and use the handwriting function on the English OS?

    The English version of Windows offers a “handwritting pad” that will work with any language. I’d assume the tablet OS would do the same… just checking.

    /OT

  4. Ron, the forums have been down for a while. They are hosted by someone for me and I’m trying to find out what happened.

    The language support is augmented by the Recognizer Park that adds additional language recognition to theTablet PC. From the MS web site:

    The Recognizer Pack includes handwriting recognizers for U.S. English, U.K. English, French, German, Iberian Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Speech recognizers included are for U.S. English, U.K. English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

  5. The Recognizer Pack is available for download here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=080184dd-5e92-4464-b907-10762e9f918b&DisplayLang=en

    Here’s what the site says about this download:

    Installing Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack enables you to convert handwriting from digital ink to typed text in multiple languages on the same Tablet PC. For example, if German and French recognizers are installed on a Tablet PC, ink that is written in German or French can be converted into typed text with greater accuracy.

    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack includes handwriting recognition support for Spanish and Italian and also updated versions of the handwriting recognizers that shipped in the original Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC MUI & Recognizer Pack. Speech recognition engines are not included in this pack.

    The following language handwriting recognizers are included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), U.S. English, U.K. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

  6. Thanks. That was exactly what I wanted to know. This means that my next pocket PC after the Toshiba e800 might very well be the LS800. If I can talk the wife into it.

    About the forums – they were working up until yesterday through my connection. Don’t know if that means anything or not.

    Thanks again

  7. Ron, the forums are back up new. Server h/w problems.

    (Thanks LB)

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