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I suspect that relatively few people have used 3 different Tablet PCs (ie laptops with a digital pen that lets you 'write' onscreen, and a monitor that 'flips' around) I have, and the Lenovo model wins hands down.
Levono has excellent build quality, despite extensive use there are not any signs of wear despite nearly constant use (this contrasts with a Toshiba I own which is missing paint on the touchpad buttons after less than a year).
The pen supplied is comfortable to use and writing on the screen is quite easy (the distraction of people staring at your 'cool computer' will be greater than the distraction of actually writing on the screen). The application that acts as an almost physical notebook is basic, but can turn quite poor writing into text with a reasonable level of accuracy. Its 'not quite there yet' in terms of being something you can use to go from meeting minutes strait to documents, but its still useful in its current form.
Battery life is good, but not as good as the leading edge netbook or light laptop models out there as of Sept. 2012 but adequate for most office environments.
The real potential of this machine really requires software that makes more use of it's touch screen and pen. This has been promised with Windows 8 and the next Office version, so time will tell if it allows you to really use the system to its fullest.
One amazing Lenovo, some minimal flaws but the punch that it packs is quite forgivable. Coming from a business standpoint, I have used Lenovo/IBM Thinkpads for the longest time. Just recently have switched to HP, one thing that many people don't understand is these machines are literally spill-coke-juice-coffee-on-me-and-I-will-still-function type of laptop. The laptops are built in quite a way that it will simply pass the liquid through without doing much damage, except sticky keys...yuck.
At a first glance, the keyboard and all other main deck features may look like older T42 features but a lot of thought and dedication was put to produce such a beautiful, superb functionality laptop. This laptop would do very well in a office setting where word processors are very much used, however you may want to forget about gaming. However you may be able to play under low graphics via external monitor, remember this is a office laptop and suitable for a workplace setting. While gaming may be out of the picture for some folks, Windows media player tends to skip while in tablet mode. On occasion the laptop gets a bit hot on the bottom, it is important to keep it well vented. Last but not least the multi touch capability is not built very well for windows, for example in tablet mode, your finger is just too darn big to touch those little buttons on your desktop start bar or application icons.
Overall, no matter what anyone says, these laptops have been my fall back for the longest time, and yet I may have a bunch of HPs in the office, I still have my T42 running flawlessly as a server managing various tasks. I believe it is time to pick up the x201 after I had a chance to play with my friends.
The ThinkPad X201 packs heavyweight performance into an extremely thin and light design. Unlike competitors that compromise on size, weight, performance or cooling, Lenovo has optimized the X201 for a no compromise experience between mobility and performance. The X201 outclocks competitors in its class by 25 percent.
|Product Description:||Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet 2985 - 12.1" - Core i7 620LM - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD|
|Mechanical Design:||Convertible design|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Pro 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Core i7 620LM / 2 GHz ( 2.8 GHz ) / 4 MB Cache|
|Memory:||4 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||320 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Display:||12.1" LED backlight touchscreen 1280 x 800 / WXGA|
|Graphics:||Intel HD Graphics|
|Networking:||802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem / cellular modem|
|Wireless Broadband (WWAN):||3G - Vodafone|
|Battery:||8-cell - up to 7.9 hours|
|Security:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||29.5 cm x 25.7 cm x 3.3 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|