The Bottom Line
- Sturdy Chassis With Reliable Design
- Smaller Overall Size Without Sacrificing Performance
- Lacks FireWire Port
- Graphics Designed For Workstation
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900) Display
- NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M Dedicated Graphics With 128MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, ExpressCard/54, Type II PC Card
- 13.2" x 9.3" x 1.3" @ 5 lbs.
- Vista Ultimate, ThinkVantage Suite
Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad T61 Thin And Light Laptop
11/9/07 – Lenovo's Thinkpad T61 is available in both 14.1” and 15.4” screen sizess. The model for this review uses a widescreen 14.1” display that provides it with smaller dimensions for extra portability. Even though it is smaller, it does not sacrifice any of the features one would expect in a thin and light notebook design.
The graphics for this model are designed for business users. The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M is designed for use with OpenGL applications more suited to CAD designs rather than 3D games. With its limited 128MB of memory, don't expect to be using it much for PC games.
One of the big reasons to go with the ThinkPad notebooks is their sturdy design. Lenovo has redesigned the chassis this year to include a new internal roll cage. This helps improve an already extremely reliable system to be even better. ThinkPads are definitely systems that will last for years.
In terms of overall performance, the basic components aren't much different from what one would find in a consumer oriented thin and light notebooks. The Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor provides good overall performance, especially with the 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory to let it run the Vista Ultimate operating system without any issues. The 160GB is about average for the notebook market and should provide plenty of space for programs and data. An internal dual layer DVD burner allows it to handle playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.
The peripheral connectors are much more reflective of a business notebook though. There is no FireWire port that can be used for transferring video for digital camcorders. It also features both the new ExpressCard/54 slot in addition to the older Type II for those that may have invested in peripherals such as cellular modem cards.