Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Source: IT Reviews Archive.org version
It seems entirely appropriate that there's a comprehensive guide to the Lenovo range of ThinkPad laptops on Wikipedia, because the list is simply enormous and we mere mortals need all the help we can get to navigate ourselves to laptop bliss. IBM built up the ThinkPad brand by offering businesses a huge range of choice so they could have the exact list of features that they wanted and Lenovo, the new owner of ThinkPad, has very sensibly followed this business model.
As a laptop the X61 has relatively low performance and costs a small fortune, especially considering the lack of optical drive. But the build quality and engineering are second to none and this shines through with the Tablet features which have been executed with something close to genius. And did we mention that it's very expensive?
Preis/Leistung sehr schlecht, Leistung schlecht, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2007
Rating: price: 30% performance: 40% workmanship: 80%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 12.1” ultraportable notebook was released by Lenovo this year as a replacement for the X60. The X61 provides a nice chipset, processor, and graphics refresh to the X60 with the adoption of Intel’s GM965 Express chipset which features the X3100 integrated graphics adapter. In addition, optional features such as integrated Wireless WAN connectivity, turbo memory, and fingerprint security enhance the X61’s functionality. There are a few models in the X61 family, and this review covers the plain vanilla X61 12.1” notebook model. The X61 family also features a tablet pc convertible notebook and an “ultimate battery life” X61s ThinkPad. Battery life with the 4 cell battery has not been great with real world tests being between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 22 minutes depending on the power setting; the X61’s power manager is great at selecting which profile to use to lengthen battery life.
Leistung gut, Verarbeitung gut, Display mangelhaft, Mobilität schlecht
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/12/2007
Rating: performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
These days, convertible tablet PCs are showing up as more than just a blip on the radar. They've been widely adopted in the vertical markets, and students are embracing them. Lenovo (formerly IBM) has long been a leader in the convertible tablet PC space. In the ThinkPad X61 Tablet ($1,934 direct) Lenovo continues to fuse the design of its darling X-Series ultraportable (see ThinkPad X60s) with the tablet's functionality. With the best keyboard in the industry, very good performance scores, and a sturdy design, the X61 Tablet earns an Editors' Choice award to set beside Lenovo's previous one in this space, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet. While it's clear that convertible tablets are picking up traction, the penetration hasn't been at the level of some of the more popular laptops. It could be that consumers haven't yet grasped the idea of using a digitizer pen on a laptop. Maybe the price premium is putting off potential customers.
4.5 von 5
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2007
Rating: Total score: 90, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität zufriedenstellend% price: 90% features: 90% mobility: 70%
Source: vnunet.com Archive.org version
Today's notebook PCs tend to fall into two categories; those you can carry around with you, and those likely to give you a hernia. Lenovo's Thinkpad X61 sits firmly in the former camp. Weighing just 1.63kg, this ultraportable is the perfect travelling companion. Interestingly, this model is the first we've seen without the old IBM badge. While it isn't built like a tank, the X61 is undeniably well made. The back of the 12.1in screen seems a little flimsy but, on the whole, the magnesium alloy chassis is certainly up to the rigours of day-to-day travel. The keyboard also has a good, solid feel to it, but when typing at speed we kept catching our fingers on Lenovo's pointer control. This is an acquired taste and anyone used to a touchpad will surely end up plugging a mouse into one of the system's three USB ports after more than 10 minutes.
(von 5): 4, Preis/Leistung 4, Leistung 4, Ausstattung 4, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/21/2007
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 uses Intel's Santa Rosa mobile processor. Otherwise, it's the same light, sophisticated ultraportable laptop PC as the earlier model; like the Lenovo X60, it lacks an integrated optical drive but offers dazzling battery life. This 1.6kg X-series member goes to the top of our list of ultraportables for mobile professionals. Our Lenovo ThinkPad X61 test unit, with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and 2GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM, earned a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 speed score of 75, which is tops among currently tested ultraportable PCs. The extended-life four-cell battery is excellent. The UltraBase docking station adds four more USB ports (for a total of seven) as well as legacy parallel and serial ports. In addition, the modular optical drive has a side release, so you can swap with one hand between an optical drive, a second battery, or a second hard drive (those are optional accessories).
4.5 von 5, Preis/Leistung 4, Ausstattung 4.5, Verarbeitung 4.5, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/05/2007
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Reg Hardware Archive.org version
Lenovo supplies its X series ThinkPad as a regular laptop and also as a reversible Tablet in both X60 and X61 variants, so that's four basic models, but there are so many options and variants that it's almost impossible to list them in a tidy way - but we'll give it our best shot. Every X61 uses the Intel 965G Express chipset with ICH8-M and you then choose your processor speed. Our review sample uses the 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L7500 processor, or you can go for the 1.4GHz L7300. It runs Windows Vista Business without the Aero interface, but you can also choose from Vista Ultimate, Vista Home Premium, and XP Tablet Edition. You'll recall that Vista includes Tablet and Media Centre features. We got a 12.1in MultiView screen with 1,024 x 768 resolution, rather than the brighter 12.1in Super-Wide Angle screen with the same resolution, or a widescreen 12.1in screen that displays 1,400 x 1,050 pixels.
75 von 100
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/09/2007
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC World Archive.org version
Though the optical drive is not integrated, everything else about this business portable is top-notch, especially battery life. Our review unit, which included an UltraBase docking station with a dual-layer DVD burner, costs $1724 (as of July 27, 2007). The great performance and features, and its reasonable price, make the X61 our current top choice of ultraportable.
(von 100): 86, Leistung 98, Ausstattung 84, Preis/Leistung durchschnittlich, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2007
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 70% performance: 98% features: 84% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
The Lenovo ThinkPad X61 is an ultraportable business laptop geared to individuals who demand the best. Like its larger brothers of the ThinkPad line, it shares all of the same rugged features, as well as the creature comforts of a full-size keyboard. The X61 looks as if Lenovo took a ThinkPad T60 and shrunk it down by 30 percent. Although it is much smaller than its counterparts, it is every bit as fast. This model came loaded with a 7200rpm hard drive, 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and 2GB of RAM. Light business travelers can rest easy knowing they didn’t sacrifice anything but weight when they bring the X61 on the road.
I found the ThinkPad X61 to be a fantastic alternative to my larger 15” T60 in situations that I didn’t want to lug around the heavier machine. It had all the grunt of the much larger machine, but inside a much smaller package. I was also surprised by how easy it was to upgrade the ram in the X61, by removing a access panel on the bottom of the laptop.
Leistung sehr gut, Display schlecht, Mobilität gut, Emissionen mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2007
Rating: performance: 90% display: 40% mobility: 80% emissions: 50%
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 9-10/07
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/24/2007
Rating: Total score: 80%
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.
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.
This range of display format is largely the upper limit for tablets and the lower limit for subnotebooks.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small in size and therefore easily portable. The tiny display has the added advantage of requiring little power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions, which one is used to from a standard laptop, are almost not usable.
The same applies to tablets in this size range.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
82.2%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.