A little over a year has passed since Lenovo Group acquired the IBM notebook business. During this time, the new owner of the ThinkPad brand managed to do a lot: it launched its own portable and desktop PCs on the world market, sponsored the Olympic Games, and this year introduced an updated line of laptops based on dual-core Intel Core Duo processors. With one of these mobile computers, namely the Lenovo ThinkPad T60, we have to meet today.
I must say that many users and journalists were afraid of the negative consequences of the “deal of the year”, because ThinkPad laptops are traditionally considered the most conservative on the market, for which most business users love them. In fact, the ThinkPad in the business environment has become a kind of continuation of a business suit. And the fears that the “change of the tailor” may not reflect too well on the image are understandable. Let’s try to find out how things really are.
At first glance, the design in the new line remained unchanged. all the same “radical black” color, the same bright red Trackpoint, the same matte plastic. In general, Lenovo did not scare away the potential buyer, because the most conservative users were always fans of ThinkPad, and various experiments with the appearance of laptops would hardly be to their taste. Let’s say more. even the logo remained in place, this is the same IBM red-blue-green nameplate located in the lower right corner of the lid and housing.
In fact, the appearance of the ThinkPad T60 is almost no different from the ThinkPad T43, which was also sold under the IBM brand. You can find the differences only if you put two laptops side by side. And then only a slightly modified shape of the touchpad buttons and a slightly different arrangement of the plastic panels of the case will be able to be distinguished.
The rest is the same: a narrow wedge-shaped case of a classic form for the ThinkPad; massive cover with a complex section; almost identical arrangement of elements.
The surface of the lid is covered with a pleasant “soft” plastic, which allows you to more securely hold the laptop in your hands in a closed state. True, this material is quite sensitive to fingerprints, but on the other hand, scratches and abrasions, in theory, should threaten it to a lesser extent than ordinary plastic, which has not even been stained.
The rest of the body is made of standard rough plastic. In some places, it seemed to us too thin. in particular, the panels to the right and left of the keyboard bend sensitively when pressed, especially the right one, since there is a cavity under it where the optical drive is located. It’s not that we had doubts about the strength of the structure, but it’s sad that the developers overlooked this annoying flaw, which is also easy to correct.
Concluding this part of our story, let’s say that the Lenovo T60 looks and feels (apart from the ill-fated panels). the same “thoroughbred” ThinkPad and is unlikely to disappoint fans of the brand.
Technical specifications Lenovo ThinkPad T60 (UT0F4RT)
In fact, the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is not one laptop model, but a whole family, inside of which there are several models that are very, very different in characteristics. See for yourself how diverse the ThinkPad T60 can be:
As you can see, the family contains both relatively affordable models that are quite suitable, for example, for small businesses, and more expensive ones of a truly corporate level (a striking example of which is the UT0F4RT that we had in our hands). There is even a ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation, which is characterized by ultra-high screen resolution and a professional ATI FireGL video adapter.
Despite the fact that we didn’t have an engineering sample, but a full-fledged retail copy of the laptop, we received it far from being fully equipped. In fact, the ThinkPad T60 got to our test lab “naked”, only a power supply was attached to the laptop. Therefore, to inform what the T60 is equipped with, this time we can’t and skip the corresponding review item.
But the layout has a couple of complaints. Firstly, the transfer of Esc from the F1-F12 series is a very annoying moment. Out of habit, you are looking for this key exactly on the left end of this row and, once on F1, you don’t feel any positive emotions at all. Especially when you consider that in Windows this key calls up Help and Support.
The second, less unpleasant and more familiar, feature is the Fn key, located in place of the left Ctrl. Many manufacturers sin this, which, however, does not make this arrangement more convenient.
The rest of the keyboard layout is more or less familiar. There are also pleasant moments: the large size of the keys, their convenient shape, as well as the minimum number of combined values.
Video: Lenovo Thinkpad T61 No Sound
The laptop is equipped with two cursor positioning devices. a touchpad familiar to the modern user and the Trackpoint mini-joystick that has almost disappeared. Both input devices have advantages in different conditions of using the laptop, but the main thing is that, of course, the usual way to control the cursor is more convenient, and those who still do not want to get used to the Touchpad will be delighted to have an alternative Trackpoint.
over, the touchpad in the ThinkPad T60 is a bit inconvenient. it is too close to the front edge of the case, because of which, firstly, you have to keep your hand on the weight, and secondly, there is a high probability of not getting to the mouse buttons. But we have no complaints about the location and convenience of Trackpoint. it is extremely comfortable to use it.
There are few additional buttons in the ThinkPad T60, and three out of four control the sound (increase / decrease volume, mute the sound). But the fourth, ThinkVantage (from the English. vantage. advantage; superiority in competition; advantageous position; winning position), It is the embodiment of the legendary Any Key. when it is pressed, a window opens in which you can perform many different actions: from receiving online support, updating the system or backing up data to setting up the network. Extremely useful button.
Like all other Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, the T60 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor. It’s probably not necessary to talk about the usefulness of this device. for sure you yourself can imagine how convenient and reliable it is to use your own finger instead of passwords that someone can spy, and you yourself to forget if you use it not too often. And the finger is always with you. Unless, of course, consider quite gloomy situations.
The back side of the laptop is completely devoid of any communication ports, on it you can find only a connector for connecting the power supply.
Very few useful elements are also located on the front part. it makes sense to mention the infrared port window and the wireless interfaces on / off slider.
Most of the connectors are on the left. Here are the network and modem connectors, external monitor output, PCMCIA and ExpressCard | 54 expansion slots, audio connectors and one USB port.
Finally, on the right, in addition to the optical drive, the designers managed to place two more USB ports. It should be noted that there was still free space, but for some reason the engineers did not use it to accommodate additional connectors.
Which is rather disappointing, because something is missing. For example, there is no memory card reader, TV access, IEEE 1394, and even one or two additional USB ports would not hurt. However, the situation can be corrected by purchasing a docking station. In addition, do not forget that the laptop is equipped with wireless interfaces IrDA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which in many cases will do without wires and some connectors.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 has two side air vents (on the left and rear faces) and, of course, a series of small air intakes on the bottom.
Thanks to the effective cooling system and the use of not the “hottest” components, the laptop works quietly enough, and the case practically does not heat up.
With regard to audio, the ThinkPad T60 did not bring us any surprises, which is quite normal for a non-multimedia model. The sound quality is average for most laptops, the volume may be slightly above average.
One of the undoubted advantages of this model is the display. To begin with, it has a SXGA resolution (1400×1050), which is sufficiently high for the 15 ”diagonal, due to which much more information is simultaneously placed on the screen than in the case of the usual XGA resolution (1024×768). For a business user working with a huge number of documents, this is extremely important.
But the screen is not only “capacious”, but also very high quality. It uses an IPS type matrix that provides excellent image quality. high brightness and contrast, very good color reproduction and wide viewing angles. Without exaggeration, this is one of the best 15-inch screens that we have encountered over the past couple of years.
Rounding out the list of advantages of the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 display is a classic anti-reflective coating, which will surely please those who don’t like “glass” matrices (there are probably a lot of them among our readers), and the classic 4: 3 screen format is more convenient for working with documents, traditionally having a “portrait” layout, rather than a “landscape” layout, under which widescreen screens are imprisoned.
In this configuration, the ThinkPad T60, as well as in several others, uses a dual-core Intel Core Duo T2400 processor, which occupies an average position in the Core lineup.
The clock frequency of 1.83 GHz provides moderate performance, but otherwise this CPU is identical to other models of the family, the detailed characteristics of which you can get from the material “Intel processors for laptops.”
Chipset and memory
As the basis of the system, we use our old friend Intel 945PM, which we first wrote about at the beginning of this year in the review “Centrino Duo and all-all-all. Part two: chipset and wireless adapter. “
In our copy of the Lenovo ThinkPad T60, we installed the only 512 MB DDR-667 memory module (PC5300).
On the one hand, this is reasonable in terms of subsequent modernization. On the other hand, the volume is not too large by modern standards, and in addition, the use of one module does not allow memory to work in two-channel mode.
One of the few atypical for a business notebook in the classic presentation of the features of the Lenovo ThinkPad T60 is the use of discrete graphics. Of course, this is not using the mainstream video adapter, but the weakest solution in the latest ATI lineup. the Mobility Radeon X1300. Nevertheless, even such a video system is significantly different from Intel’s discrete graphics. And not only for the better (in the sense of a completely logical increase in productivity), but also for the worse: the power consumption of the integrated graphics core is noticeably less than the discrete one.
On the other hand, the current Intel solution has no reserve for the future: firstly, it is unlikely to pull all the chips of the upcoming Windows Vista, and secondly, it does not have HD-Video support, which is provided in the latest adapters from ATI and NVIDIA. The chipsets of the Intel 965 family are equipped with more advanced graphics, but are not yet used in laptops. Therefore, a logical choice for a manufacturer who cares about the prospects of their laptops is to use discrete graphics, even if not very productive, because it is not used for games.