Lenovo ThinkPad R61


Lenovo ThinkPad R61Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad R61 (Thinkpad R Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M 128 MB
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 74.22% - average
Average of 9 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 86%, performance: 77%, features: 72%, display: 70% mobility: 66%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 77%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad R61

Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Laptop Review
Source: Conita English
The Lenovo ThinkPad R61 laptop uses an Intel Core Duo 2 1.8 GHz with 1 GB RAM pre installed so it will be fast, reliable and capable of running multiple applications at the same time.  One of the great things about this specific model is that you can upgrade the RAM to a maximum 3 GB if needed which will dramatically increase the speed in which it runs.
Leistung gut, Display mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 60%
60% Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Budget Laptop Computer
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo has done a major overhaul of their ThinkPad line of notebooks and that made it all the way down to the R series. The R61 uses the new roll cage design chassis that improves the rigidity and reduces the amount of flex. This is a great bonus to an already superbly reliable platform originally developed by IBM.
The ThinkPad R61 has a fairly powerful Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 dual core mobile processor at the heart of it. This is an excellent processor for such a low cost setup. The problem is that Lenovo has decided to ship only 512MB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory with it. That amount works OK for limited application use with the older Windows XP Professional operating system, but it really needs at least a full gigabyte for those looking to use it more heavily. Storage is a bit disappointing on the ThinkPad R61.
3 von 5
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/16/2007
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Lenovo ThinkPad R61
Source: Laptop Logic English
Lenovo Group Limited is the fourth largest personal computer manufacturer in the world, and their laptops have reminded me of business suitability in a sleek, although uninspired design. Lenovo’s ThinkPad R61 is the budget item of the ThinkPad series, although it’s packed with the power to prove it’s a major contender on the market. Today we will be looking at the 14.1” WXGA+ version, which is of very similar design to the T61 14.1” widescreen. There are also 15.4” widescreen versions of the R61 available, although they are clearly larger and heavier than the sleeker 14.1” widescreen models. The ThinkPad R61 comes in matte black, with rounded corners and a ThinkPad logo emblazoned on the bottom right of the lid. There are two silver hinges visible, which exhibit smooth travel as well as a powerful look.
3.5 von 5, Leistung sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2007
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 90%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad R61 power laptop PC
Source: PC Advisor English
A classic ThinkPad, the Lenovo ThinkPad R61 is full of nice features you don't usually find in a laptop, such as the ThinkLight, an LED that illuminates the keyboard. The Lenovo ThinkPad R61's 14.1in screen and 2.6kg weight make it an ideal travel companion, too. For a work-oriented notebook decked out with all the trimmings, the Lenovo ThinkPad R61 is hard to beat. The Lenovo ThinkPad R61's first-rate keyboard includes both a touchpad and an eraserhead nub, as well as dedicated internet forward and back buttons. An integrated fingerprint reader, located in the right palmrest, makes log-ins a breeze once you set it up. You can hot-swap devices - the dual-layer DVD drive or an extra battery, among others - in and out of the right-side modular bay with one hand. On-screen documentation and system recovery utilities are just a button press away, with the Lenovo ThinkPad R61.
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(von 5): 4, Preis/Leistung 4, Ausstattung 4.5, Verarbeitung 4, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/26/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Review
Source: English
The Thinkpad R61 was released by Lenovo earlier in 2007 as a “thin-and-light” model of the “R-series” line-up. New features in the R61 include a redesigned roll cage for extra reinforcement in the lid, the new Intel “Santa Rosa” platform for mobile computers and built in wireless WAN antenna on the left side of the lid (built in). The Lenovo Thinkpad R61 14.1” widescreen follows the traditional Thinkpad design while not sacrificing performance or reliability. The R61 is available at a slightly lower price than the T61. While lacking only in a high-end graphics card selection (T61p), the R61 remains a very strong competitor that I recommend as a less expensive alternative. This notebook is my first notebook and will be used mostly for university studies, casual gaming, office work, web surfing and some mathematics programming. I was not looking for a gaming notebook so I chose the Intel X3100 graphics card as it provides more than enough power to satisfy Vista’s graphics requirements.
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Preis/Leistung gut, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität mäßig, Verarbeitung herausragend, Emissionen gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/09/2007
Rating: price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 60% workmanship: 95% emissions: 80%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad R61 - EXCLUSIVE!
Source: Bios Magazine English
Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad is the first-ever widescreen model in the R-Series line. Pitched squarely at the corporate market for running mainstream applications (for premier performance you’ll still want the T-Series), the ThinkPad R61 (from £580 ex. VAT) also boasts an all-new Top Cover Roll Cage, improved cooling system, enhanced wireless connectivity, as well as longer battery life. It also comes pre-installed with Vista Business. Is this the best ThinkPad ever? Not quite, but the R61 is still an excellent all-round business workhorse and has helped raise the profile of the R-Series. Lenovo’s R-Series used to play second fiddle to the T-Series, offering cut-down features and less performance for budget-strapped businesses. The pedigree gap is now closer, and the ThinkPad R61 is a very good laptop which should certainly be considered if you don’t need the premier performance of the T-Series.
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7.5 von 10, Leistung gut, Mobilität mäßig, Emissionen gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2007
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 80% mobility: 60% emissions: 80%
80% Apple Macbook 13-inch (Core 2 Duo T7200)
Source: PC Mag English
Bottom line: The Lenovo ThinkPad R61 now comes in a widescreen format and looks a lot like our Editors' Choice, the ThinkPad T61 Widescreen. Pros: Various widescreen options and resolutions. Only 5.5 pounds. Heavenly keyboard and dual pointing devices. Modular optical drive that you can swap out for an extra battery. Comprehensive management suite. Good performance scores. Cons: No Wireless WAN options.
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4 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/21/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
76% Lenovo ThinkPad R61
Source: CNet English
The good: The Lenovo ThinkPad R61 has a wide-screen display; an internal roll cage protects the LCD; 802.11n Wi-Fi; dedicated graphics; very small AC adapter. The bad: New Centrino technology doesn't offer outsize performance gains. The bottom line: The IBM blueprint is still evident in the Lenovo ThinkPad R61, but the addition of a wide-screen display and all the latest Centrino Duo tricks make this a ThinkPad that could woo home users along with its legion of fans among business travelers.
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(von 10): 7.6, Leistung 7, Ausstattung 8, Akkulaufzeit 8
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2007
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 70% features: 80%
70% Lenovo's latest widescreen business notebook offers plenty of processing and graphics muscle in a durable, lightweight design
Source: Laptop Mag English
Although Lenovo's R series of ThinkPads has always delivered exceptional value, it's lacked the sleekness of the venerable T series. With the ThinkPad R61-14W, Lenovo adds a thinner build, a widescreen display, and Intel's Next Generation Centrino Processor technology to the security and durability we've come to expect. Add in discrete graphics, and you've got a pricey but powerful productivity partner.
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3.5 von 5
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2007
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

70% Lenovo Thinkpad R61 Celeron M540
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90% performance: 30% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
ThinkPad R61 Celeron M540
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/22/2008
Rating: price: 95% display: 80% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80% emissions: 50%
Flexibler Arbeiter
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 9-10/07 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/24/2007
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 70%
Lenovo Thinkpad R61 - Neue Centrino-Notebooks im Test
Source: PC Welt - 10/07 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 09/20/2007
Rating: price: 85% performance: 90% features: 78% mobility: 78% ergonomy: 92%
15.4-Zoll Notebooks mit Santa Rosa
Source: c't German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2007
Rating: performance: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 80%
87% Test Lenovo Thinkpad R61 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2007
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 86% display: 91% mobility: 73% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 96% emissions: 75%
Thinkpad R61 NF55QGE Erfahrungsbericht
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2007
Rating: display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% emissions: 95%


NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M: The NVS 140M is a business graphics card based on the GeForce 8400M (GT) core. It is optimized for enhanced compatibility and stability.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


The Core 2 Duo T7500 is a Merom based Core 2 Duo with 4MB Level 2 Cache. It is positioned in the middle class (in 2009) and performs on par with a modern P7550 or Turion II Ultra M640/M660.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.5 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews

74.22%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T61
Quadro NVS 140M, Core 2 Duo T7700

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