Got my hands on a Thinkpad X60 at good price for a Core Duo 1.83GHz, 12.1â€³ laptop with 1GB RAM, 80GB harddrive, an 8-cell battery and the Ultrabase dock. Big thanks goes out to that great friend for saving me a small bundle of cash.
I bought it intending to pass it on to my sister when she leaves for Perth next year. I figure she will be needing a laptop for school and a reliable one (to save myself from being a cross-border tech support) will be best. The Thinkpad was only marginally more expensive than the Dell and Compaq alternatives that I was considering and I hear Lenovoâ€™s support is fairly reliable. I was hoping to find a list of service centres locations in Australia, but all I can find so far is the Australia support number. It does seem like Lenovo has an online warranty support system known as the Electronic Service Call (ESC+) tool. If all goes well, I will have no need for it, but it is comforting to know that it exists. 🙂
Iâ€™m currently installing all the usual software suspects on the laptop, especially my usual set of antispyware software. My sister is not the most technically-inclined of users and will need help ensuring that she doesnâ€™t thrash the laptop within 6 months of usage. I will be taking the laptop on an extended trial run. Hopefully any problems will surface quickly before it gets shipped to Perth along with my sister.
A Thinkpad by any model will look just the same. I have not owned a Thinkpad before but I have friends and family who do and really, I would be hard-pressed to identify one Thinkpad model from another.
The Thinkpadâ€™s characteristic all-black chassis is well-built and the screen is nice and stiff. The lack of a trackpad takes a little getting used to, but not a big problem really. The keyboard feels good and responds well. A minor gripe would be the placing of the Fn button where I usually expect the Ctrl button.
In my completely unscientific opinion, the Core Duo processor doesnâ€™t seem to be seem all that blazing fast although most of the online benchmarks have given it a good rating. The right palm rest area does run somewhat warm to the touch after a while and apparently it is a common problem. The X60 comes with the full gamut of ports and also a built-in SD memory card reader.
Unsurprisingly, I was underwhelmed by the quality of the onboard speakers. The speakers sound soft even when turned up to the max, but given that Bose quality audio isnâ€™t a priority with the target user base, I canâ€™t complain. Earphones are probably the way to go anyway if I want to listen to my MP3s while I work. I donâ€™t expect the graphics on the X60 to outperform its audio but Iâ€™m not much of a PC gamer and am not too bothered.
In summary, Iâ€™m pretty pleased with the X60 so far. Battery life is great and I love itâ€™s form factor and weight. A thumbs up from me.
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