Lenovo Thinkpad X61s


Lenovo Thinkpad X61sNotebook: Lenovo Thinkpad X61s (ThinkPad X Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo L7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 128 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 78.8% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 75%, features: 83%, display: 62% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 74%, ergonomy: 69%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Lenovo Thinkpad X61s

Strange Mix-Up: Lenovo Thinkpad X61s : Lenovo Comes Late
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Thinkpad thinkpad X61s came in late, but its performance was convincing. It closes the gap between notebooks with ULV CPUs and the performance flyer Samsung P200-Pro. It succeeds in walking the tightrope between weight and performance, offering more performance than the ULV group, but it is lighter than Samsung and HP while offering similar battery life.
Leistung gut, Mobilität zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2008
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 70%
75% Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
Source: Digital Trends English
Lenovo is known for making some of the best business notebooks money can buy, and the ThinkPad X61s continues this proud tradition. This sub-4lb. notebook is packed to the gills with next-gen technology and offers surprisingly blazing performance, impressive battery life and loads of useful features. Though its thin-and-light stature is not for everyone, and the optional dock is required for full functionality, the X61s is a road warrior's dream come true. Thin-and-light notebooks have always been about compromise, due to their small size, but Lenovo has done a commendable job of getting around those compromises by offering the docking station and extra batteries. This is a notebook that does not compromise on performance one iota, as it’s very fast, which is surprising to see (and feel) on a notebook of this size.
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7.5 von 10, Leistung sehr gut, Display schlecht, Mobilität gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 80% display: 40% mobility: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X61s Review
Source: English
The X61 is Lenovo's Santa Rosa update to their renowned ThinkPad X series of ultraportable laptops. The X series is synonymous with usability and toughness while on the go. There are two versions of the ThinkPad X61: the X61 and the X61s. The notebooks are almost the same, save for the CPUs. The X61 uses the full power Core 2 Duos while the X61s variant uses the low power versions of the Core 2 Duo. In general, the X61 will offer a bit better performance while the X61s will have better battery life. This review will focus on the low power X61s. The X61s has been a nice contrast to my R60. I like my R60 a lot, but at times it seems heavy to me. When I get my next notebook, I might go with something smaller like this X61. After having spent some time with the X61s, I can see why people have such enthusiasm for the X series and why it is often so well reviewed. If you are a person who needs a lot of mobility or just want a small notebook, the X61s makes a compelling argument.
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Leistung gut, Mobilität gut, Display gut, Verarbeitung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/02/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 50%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
Source: Laptop Mag English
One of our favorite ultraportables just got a power boost. Like its predecessors, the ThinkPad X61s ($2,228 as configured) boasts a rock-solid design (view our photo gallery), a best-in-class keyboard, and enough security features to make the most seasoned hacker ponder retirement. Striking a very good balance between performance and battery life, the X61s is a highly recommended ultralight business notebook.
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4 von 5, Leistung mäßig, Display gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
Source: CNet English
The good: Solid performance, thanks to the latest Core 2 Duo processor; extremely portable design; excellent keyboard; fingerprint reader; easy-to-use ThinkVantage utility; lengthy battery life with extended battery. The bad: Lacks built-in optical drive; standard-aspect display feels outdated. The bottom line: The ThinkPad X61s provides excellent dual-core performance in a lightweight, compact package that's still comfortable to use.
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(von 10): 8, Leistung 9, Ausstattung 8, Mobilität 8
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% IBM / Lenovo ThinkPad X61s-76694CG
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 11-12/08 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60%
Nachzügler ohne Netz: Lenovo Thinkpad X61s
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/18/2008
Rating: performance: 70% display: 50% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X61s: Subnotebook im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2008
Rating: performance: 75% features: 90% display: 40% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80%
Source: Handys - 6/07 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/07/2007
Rating: performance: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: mobile Zeit - 6/07 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/02/2007
Rating: features: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
79% Leichte Ware
Source: Connect - 10/07 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 10/01/2007
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 90% features: 83% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 69%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» 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.

L7500: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

12.1": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.7 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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

78.8%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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