Least liked feature of the ThinkPad x61 Tablet PC

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You knew there had to be a feature of the x61 Tablet PC that I don’t like, didn’t you?  To be fair this is not really a feature but a fact of life.  The x61 with its 8 cell battery is just a skosh too wide to fit into my Booq bag.  Regular readers know this is my daily gadget bag that I absolutely love, and the inability to use it with the x61 has disrupted my daily routine somewhat.  I have to come up with a good system for carrying my stuff now that I’m carrying the x61 every day.  I’m not complaining, just pointing out that the battery makes the device a smidge too wide.

I also need to pick up an extra battery as I don’t carry AC adapters as a rule.  An extra battery would insure I could go an entire day without running out of juice.  Meanwhile I may be carrying that AC adapter around with me and I don’t like doing that.

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Sean007

Read thru this blog and many like it before I bought mine from Lenovo ‘outlet’. These are Customized to Order machines that never got sold, or shipped. Brand new, so I got a pretty good deal about $1500 with 2gb RAM, sxga+ screen. I love it, already got Ubuntu Gutsy on it, pretty easy to install after I hunted down an optical drive. Thanks for the review, great information in it.

sean

Irwin

I’m just about ready to pull the trigger and buy this laptop, but I read a review saying that the screen display isn’t that bright. I’m replacing a HP Compaq NC4200 which has in my opinion too dark a display, and I’m trying to figure out if the Lenovo X61 has a brighter display. I intend to use the Lenovo for photoshop among other uses. Thanks for any information you can provide.

nick

Thanks for reply.
re: extended –
not really desired – my consideration would be a mirrored image, or larger image (doing presentations, educationals, etc). But I will look into this further .

ONE OTHERE QUESTION –
This is a digitized tablet (I have a toshiba, familiar with the digitized response).
WHAT is te difference in the FUJItsu 1561? I’ve seen comments that it is TouchScreen enabled, and am confused – is IT digitized, or is it actual touch=capable, and is that GOOD or BAD for handwriting, graphics, etc?

thanks

James Kendrick

Nick, I haven’t hooked up an external monitor so I can’t answer the resolution question. You can however set up the external monitor to be an extended desktop so no panning will happen

nick

What is the maximum EXTERNAL resolution for plugged-in VGA monitors?
and, does the screen go to a panning mode on the tablet when plugged into a larger monitor
I can’t find the spec’s on this
thanks
Nick

Eddie W.

I have the X60 and just love it! I bought the extra 4-cell battery because I agree that the 8-cell is just a bit too wide for my taste. I also picked up a battery from BatteryGeeks that I carry in my briefcase along with the tablet. It’s not much heavier than the 8-cell in carrying, but it makes a *big* difference when holding the tablet and taking notes. Plus it’s great to be able to top off the tablet with the portable battery without trying to find a wallplug. I usually can work all day, plus go to class in the evening and still have a litte power left in the battery when I get home. The battery is rated about 8 hours, plus the 4-cell is rated for about two or so hours, though I usually get a pretty solid 12 hours before I start to worry.

Eddie W.

I have the X60 and just love it! I bought the extra 4-cell battery because I agree that the 8-cell is just a bit too wide for my taste. I also picked up a battery from BatteryGeeks that I carry in my briefcase along with the tablet. It’s not much heavier than the 8-cell in carrying, but it makes a *big* difference when holding the tablet and taking notes. Plus it’s great to be able to top off the tablet with the portable battery without trying to find a wallplug. I usually can work all day, plus go to class in the evening and still have a litte power left in the battery when I get home. The battery is rated about 8 hours, plus the 4-cell is rated for about two or so hours, though I usually get a pretty solid 12 hours before I start to worry.

James Kendrick

I have the SXGA+ screen and Lenovo has confirmed to me that it is offered for purchase. They are supposedly fixing the web site which is in error.

ThinkpadQuest

Hi. Can you tell me what screen you have? I would like to buy one but right now there is a lot of confusion about the screen on the X61 tablet. The reviewers and pre-production models seem to have a SXGA+ (1440 X 1050) with SuperView coating screen but the Lenovo purchase area of the site it reports only a 12.1″ MultiView WVA SXGA TFT. Any thoughts on this? I have called Lenovo and the staff there told me that they do not actually offer a SXGA+ screen and the SXGA screen is the best possible screen for the X61 Tablet. I tend to doubt this response – if this is correct then why does everyone else who actually owns the laptop seem to have the better screen?

Jim

Ah – OK then, well please, keep blogging about it because like I said, it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a replacement for the M200.

James Kendrick

Al, too early to call. As I told Kevin just after receiving the x61 I have to decide if the much improved performance is worth carrying around the extra size and weight.

James Kendrick

Jim, I have the Boa XS which is no longer sold. Just too narrow and the XM, the next larger size is too big for me.

Jim

Just a quick question – which size Booq bag do you have (in which the Lenovo won’t fit). I got one last year (after reading about it here on your site!) and love it – it’s the smaller one – and my m200 fits perfectly in there.

I think the X61 is finally the tablet I’ve been waiting so long for – the latest white M400 was a big disappointment.

Ken

Having used only the Motion Computing slates, this is the first convertible to interest me. With the 4-cell battery, it would weight what my M1400 does.

Al

But…is the X61 just another marginally faster machine? Or is there some real, solid, functional reason to toss your existing machine overboard? Still have to carry 2 batteries? Still can’t watch DVD’s on the plane cuz no optical drive? Don’t want to be a spoiled sport…but it’s one way to look at it. Your comments would be much appreciated.

Diego

I called about this 8-cell-only option and they told me that it was a mistake on the site and that a 4-cell option should be available as well soon.

That was over a week ago. I am ordering it with the 8 cell because I do want an extra battery and will order a 4-cell as an add-on later, when they make them available.

jk

Ben, based on my experiences so far I would buy this Tablet in a heartbeat.

Ben

I’m moments away from placing an order. Is there any reason to hesitate? Do you think any of the other tablets on the horizon (next 6-8 months) would be a better device? I’m a student who has had a Fujitsu T4010 for the last two years and looking for my next tablet to carry me another two years or so.

Thanks!

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