The laptop as a whole is fast, reliable and relatively light. However its major pitfall is its screen size. Its non-widescreen nature brings the laptop right down in versatility. Nevertheless the screen size does allow for a more compact laptop but do not buy this laptop if you are an avid multimedia user. The battery has failed me after two years (no longer holding charge) but with lithium batteries there is always that risk. The fingerprint reader is a slight novelty feauture and is not particularly useable requiring a very slow careful stroke. The password protection feature makes most sense. Overall though this is a perfect laptop if wanted for work use. Installation was a simple matter requiring no effort or expertise. Similarly the laptop is very easy to use, I myself used a apple mac before and found the transition very simple. Despite its small flaws, i would highly recommend this laptop.
The Lenovo Thinkpad T61.
A great piece of equipment. Hard wearing, sturdy and solid.
The power this version of the Thinkpad has is more than adequate to run Windows XP or Vista. However, when trying to use Vista you must think about the features to install, for instance, if you install Windows Vista Ultimate, with ALL features, this Thinkpad slows down to almost a dead stop when you try running any applications.
I believe that Windows Vista Home Basic or Home Premium are the best Operating Systems for this machine, up to date and yet streamlined enough not to over power the Machine.
I have had mine for a while now. It is as I said, hard wearing, mine has been most places with me, into some situations where it has been dropped, banged etc and still works fine with nothing more than a few scratches to the casing.
Battery life is amazing.
The only thing I do not like about this machine is that it still has the old IBM fashioned looks about it, which I think look a bit outdated. Other than that, it's great.
I tried new Lenovo T61 with configuration:
Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz
nVidia Quadro 140M
100GB 7200RPM disc
14.1" wide screen 1440x900px
Webcamera, fingerprint reader
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
6 cell battery
New thinkpad is traditionally whole black. It is very well built as usual. Nothing screapes and the keyboard is nice acurrate.Titan-Magnesium
hardeness was improved by hardening back part of chassis.The only thing where is the influence of Lenovo on IBM shown are the connectors for reproductors and microphone.
They were placed in front of laptop what is not so handsome.
After few hours of initial testing i revealed a small bug - it is impossible to change the backlight intensity for the display.
I tried to run a Linux system so i have to write some hints:
The graphics card works well with the newest drivers from nvidia. Wifi card has no oficiall drivers from Intel so i tried
ndiswrapper which some people made succesfull, but finally i upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy beta and compiled mac80211 and iwlwifi
webcamera is not working.
Fingerprint reader is working with Thinkfinger
Sound was very hard, finally i resolved with ALSA from CVS but still it is not ideal - repro is working only via audio jack, internal reproductors are not playing.
So using linux is possible on this thinkpad but it will take a lot of time to adjust everything. The Thinkpad is still excellent quality and deserves buying eventhough the price is a little bit higher than for other simillar configurated laptops.