The Bottom Line
- Highly Reliable
- Superb Keyboard
- No Optical Drive Included
- Intel Core Duo L2400 Mobile Processor
- 512MB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 60GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 12.1" XGA LCD Display
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, Type II PC Card Slot and SD Slot
- 10.5" x 8.3" x 1.4" @ 3.7 lbs
- Windows XP Professional
Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
9/7/06 Lenovo has updated the aging X series ultraportables to use the new Intel Core processors. For the X60s they have chosen to use the Intel Core Duo L2400 low voltage mobile processor. This is a good mix of performance and power usage that works well. It is matched up with 512MB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that will let it run most basic applications without too much of a slowdown. Power users may want to upgrade the memory.
Rather than the wide screen formats found on many new systems, the Thinkpad X60s continues to use the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio with its 12.1 screen. The screen is extremely legible even for those without the best eyesight. The larger screen also lets Lenovo use the superb Thinkpad keyboards that are the best in the industry. It even has the pointer stick rather than the traditional trackpad.
The one major failing of the X series of notebooks has always been the lack of an internal optical drive and this continues with the X60s. In order for users to have a CD-ROM or burner, they must purchase the X60 base unit with internal drive. This isn't a very practical solution though for those needing the drive while traveling. It also adds to the overall cost of an already expensive system.
Still, for the individual that needs to travel frequently, the ThinkPad X60s is extremely portable and very reliable. This makes it an excellent choice for those needing their machine working all the time on the road.