A tidy little 1.9kg unit, the tablet version of Lenovo's ThinkPad X61, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t ultraportable lacks an integrated optical drive, but it has a great design, long battery life, and an easy-on, easy-off docking station.

At £1,399 inc VAT (as of September 27, 2007), however, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t ultraportable tablet PC is expensive.

The only major change to this upgraded Lenovo ThinkPad X series model is a processor update. Our review Lenovo ThinkPad X61t, equipped with a low-voltage 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L7500 chip and 2GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM, turned in a good WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 64. Battery life with the eight-cell battery that our test unit came with was fantastic at 5 hours and 2 minutes. (Other X-series models come with four-cell batteries.)

Features are generous. The3 Lenovo ThinkPad X61t has a 7200rpm, 100GB hard drive, an SD Card slot, 802.11 a/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an option for wireless broadband. In addition, with the UltraBase docking station you gain an optical drive, four more USB ports (for a total of seven), and several legacy ports, including a parallel port and a serial port. The modular drive bay allows one-handed swaps of the optical drive, a second battery, or a second hard drive. Including a docking station with a dual-layer DVD drive (but not the power adapter), the package weighs a reasonable 2.8kg.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X61t's keyboard has many premium features, including an eraserhead pointing device that's so good it hardly seems fair to complain about the lack of a touchpad. We also liked the dedicated back and forward Internet keys and spacebar magnifier. The tall-looking 12.1in display doesn't have a widescreen aspect ratio, but it's easy to read and handle.

For tablet mode, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t's screen swivels smoothly, locks down with a press of the lid latch, and easily accepts pen or finger input. The AutoRotate feature automatically rotates the display every time you change the tablet's position. This can be a great time-saver if you frequently switch between portrait and landscape modes, although manually pressing the orientation button also gets quick results and saves battery life.


Those who aren't sure they need or want a tablet might be better suited to the nontablet X61 model, but if you heavily rely on pen input, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61t is the way to go.