Lenovo X61 Tablet: first impressions from Warner


Lenovo_x61_tablet_pcWarner’s been playing with a new Lenovo X61 Tablet PC over the weekend and I can tell from his first impressions that this device is a real screamer in the performance department. That’s nice to see since in the early tablet years, one of the valid complaints revolved around marginal hardware specs for some tablets. If you want a solid performer in a tablet, you’ll want to read Warner’s thoughts and follow along for future benchmarks.

Ironically, I was surprised at both the boot and sleep times that Warner witnessed. Make no mistake, they’re much shorter times than the X60, which is the predecessor to the X61. While it all depends on what apps you have installed, have running or set to run at Start, my Q1P actually whoops the times Warner is seeing on the X61. He’s witnessed cold boot times of three minutes while going into or coming out of Sleep mode is 15 seconds. My Q1P is booting around 90 seconds, sleeping in three to five seconds and waking in under 2 seconds; I suspect after some optimization, Warner will see much better times. Regardless, the X61 sounds like a nice package for people wanting a convertible Tablet PC without sacrificing performance!


James Kendrick

Is it true the Multi-touch is only XGA? That’s the way it looks on the website, anyway. I think I’d rather have the extra resolution than the touch. And I’m a touchy-feely kind of guy.

Marc Orchant

Kevin: I have a X61 on the way so I can’t speak (yet) from first-hand experience but I will echo what Warner said about a lot of the startup apps on the Lenovo being very worthwhile and acceptable, on balance, to a slower bootup time. I’m all aquiver with anticipation.


I actually have (ahem, had) the same boot/sleep times as JK on this one with my LE1600. It was my favorite part of Vista, actually, right after the new TIP.

Warner Crocker


Thanks for the shout out. The X60 was a notorious slow booter (as I believe the X41 was as well-could be wrong about that.) Much of that is due to the ThinkVantage proprietary stuff that is loading in, IMHO. I won’t say CRAPWARE because a lot of it is worthwhile.

Intriguingly, the Q1P that I’m evaluating drives me nuts with boot times and returning from sleep. I haven’t pulled any real optimization tricks there yet, but it does drive me a bit crazy waiting for that think to be ready.

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