Lenovo ThinkPad T60

Summary: The premium you pay is worth it: the ThinkPad T60 delivers a sturdy design, a complete range of network connectivity, top-shelf performance, long battery life, and just enough ports for the typical business user.

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The premium you pay is worth it: the ThinkPad T60 delivers a sturdy design, a complete range of network connectivity, top-shelf performance, long battery life, and just enough ports for the typical business user.

Lenovo ThinkPad T60 Front Angle

The first new iteration of the ThinkPad T series since Lenovo bought the ThinkPad business from IBM, the ThinkPad T60 retains its trademark design but adds in the latest components, including Intel's Core Duo chipset and a handful of new features. Unlike its more consumer-focused thin-and-light counterpart, the wide-screen ThinkPad Z60t, the ThinkPad T60 is built for large-enterprise business customers, incorporating a deep supply of connectivity features but few multimedia extras.

With a starting price of AU$2,699, the ThinkPad T60 is considerably more expensive out of the gate than competing models, such as the Dell Latitude D620, but offers a sturdier design and superior configuration options, as well as excellent performance and a comprehensive array of features. As we did with the ThinkPad T-series model before it, we recommend the T60 to any serious business that can't afford to scrimp on its laptop fleet.

Design
Depending on how you configure it, the ThinkPad T60 weighs approximately 2kg and runs 255mm deep, 311mm wide, and about 25mm thick -- virtually the same dimensions as the previous ThinkPad T43 model. The extended 9-cell battery included with our unit brought its weight to 2.8kg and added 20mm to its depth; its compact AC adaptor added just over 450 grams. There are many more-portable laptops on the market, even within Lenovo's portfolio, but the ThinkPad T60 is light enough for occasional travel and movement around the office.

Lenovo Thinkpad T60 Front
The ThinkPad T60 is extremely well designed and features thoughtful touches such as sturdy steel hinges, drain holes for accidental spills onto the keyboard, and -- new to the T series -- a shock-mounted hard drive and internal roll cage that holds components in place. The excellent keyboard offers a comfortable layout and features the traditional red eraser-head pointing stick, as well as a sufficient-size touch pad, each of which has a set of mouse buttons. Above the keyboard are three handy external volume controls -- the extent of the ThinkPad T60's dedicated multimedia controls -- and a blue ThinkVantage button, which summons Lenovo's excellent system support and help utility.

Like the ThinkPad T43, the ThinkPad T60 can be configured with either a 14.1-inch or 15-inch standard-aspect display and a variety of native resolutions. Our test unit, featuring a 15-inch display with a fairly fine, 1,400x1,050 SXGA+ native resolution, looked crisp, clear, and reasonably bright; still, we prefer the wide-aspect display found on the ThinkPad Z60t. As with most business-focused systems, the ThinkPad T60's speakers sounded clear but, even when maxed out, soft and relatively flat.

Features

Lenovo Thinkpad T60 Side
When it comes to ports and connections, the ThinkPad T60 keeps it basic. You get a VGA port, headphone and microphone jacks, slots for Type II PC Cards and ExpressCards, and three USB 2.0 ports -- one more than the ThinkPad T43 but still short of the Latitude D620's four -- and a DVD burner in its swappable bay.

On the other hand, the ThinkPad T60 has basically all of the networking connections a businessperson could want: Gigabit Ethernet, 56Kbps modem, Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g wireless, and EV-DO WWAN. A handy switch on the front edge turns all wireless radios on and off. The built-in WWAN chip -- the first of its kind in Australia -- is particularly impressive, as it enables users to access the Internet from anywhere they can get a mobile phone signal. The notebook currently only supports the Vodafone network, and just behind the battery is a slot for you to enter a Vodafone 3G SIM card.

Using the pre-installed "Vodafone Mobile Connect" software, provided you've got a data service enabled on your SIM card, you're able to connect to the vendor's 3G network and send/receive email, MMS and SMS, as well as surf the Web through your regular browser. The functionality is very similar to that of a 3G data card, however, a major benefit of the T60's implementation is that you don't need to add an external card -- the WWAN chip is built into the notebook at the factory. Our performance observations regarding this Internet service can be found under "Performance".

The ThinkPad T60 lacks a number of multimedia connections, such as FireWire, S-Video, and a media card reader -- features that aren't crucial to typical productivity work, but which are found on other business-class thin-and-lights. Security features abound, however, including a fingerprint reader and an Embedded Security Subsystem -- a hardware security feature that is similar to a Trusted Platform Module.

Performance

Lenovo Thinkpad T60 Back
Our high-end test unit was configured with a solid set of components, including a 2.0GHz Intel Pentium T2500 Core Duo processor, 1GB of speedy 666MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a midrange ATI Mobility Radeon x1400 graphics card with 128MB of video RAM, and a SATA 100GB hard drive spinning at 5,400rpm. Unsurprisingly, the ThinkPad T60 turned in a strong score on CNET Labs' benchmarks, performing as well as the other similarly configured dual-core systems we've seen and significantly ahead of the previous generation of Pentium M-equipped business laptops. Our ThinkPad T60 test unit shipped with a high-capacity 9-cell battery (which adds AU$249 to the price) that lasted just shy of 6 hours in our drain tests, which is about as good as it gets for a thin-and-light laptop.

We found the Vodafone 3G Internet service to be fairly speedy for the tasks we needed to accomplish. Although it starts to slow down when you've got multiple browser tabs each trying to load pages and instant messaging conversations happening concurrently, it's certainly no slouch. Using the YourSpeed3 speed test, we recorded average download/upload speeds of 320/122kbps, which is in line with the 384kbps theoretical maximum bandwidth of 3G (non-EV-DO). A direct link to our results can be found here, should you want to take a more detailed look.

Support
Depending on which configuration you buy, the ThinkPad T60 is backed by an economical one-year or lengthy three-year warranty, during which you must carry in your system to an authorised repair centre; upgrades for longer terms and onsite repairs are reasonably priced. The company's support Web site includes a handful of troubleshooting topics as well as the expected driver downloads; the site lacks interactive features such as customer forums or the chance to chat in real time with a technician.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate faster performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  
Lenovo ThinkPad T60
232 
Dell Latitude D610
216 
HP Compaq nc6140
187 

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate longer battery life)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  
Lenovo ThinkPad T60
353 
Dell Latitude D610
249 
HP Compaq nc6140
237 

NOTE: Products in this test are for comparative purposes only and are not necessarily available in the Australian market.

Find out more about how we test Windows notebooks.

System configurations

Dell Latitude D610
Windows XP Professional; 2GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X300 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 80GB 5,400rpm

HP Compaq nc6140
Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 512MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K00 60GB 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad T43
Windows XP Professional; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X300 64MB; Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 60GB 7,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad T60
Windows XP Professional; 2GHz Intel Core Duo T2500; 1GB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 666MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 512MB (256MB shared); Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB 5,400rpm


Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth
Screen type Widescreen
Notebook type Thin-and-light (4-6 lbs.), Vista certified system
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 / 2.33 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
Cache L2 - 4 MB
64-bit Computing Yes
Front Side Bus 667 MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel 945PM Express
Platform Technology Intel Centrino Duo
Features Enhanced SpeedStep technology
Memory
Max RAM Supported 4 GB
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Speed 667 MHz / PC2-5300
Form Factor SO DIMM 200-pin
Slots Qty 2
Empty Slots 1
Storage
Interface Serial ATA-150
Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2x (DVD-R DL) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
Rewrite Speed 16x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 3x (DVD-RAM)
Optical Drive (2nd) none
Type portable
Environmental Parameters
Environmental standards EPA Energy Star, RoHS
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Humidity Range Operating 8 - 95%
Sound Emission 36 dB
Display
Widescreen Yes
Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Features anti-glare
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 - 128 MB
Sound Stereo speakers , microphone
Codec AD1981HD
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Input
Type keyboard
Communications
Wireless Bluetooth
Wireless Controller Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
Compliant Standards IrDA 1.1
Modem
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Features V.92 upgradable
Battery
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 2
Capacity 7800 mAh
Run Time 6 sec
AC Adapter
Input AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Connections & Expansion
Expansion Bays 1 x Ultrabay Slim - front accessible
Slots 2 x memory ( 1 free )
1 x CardBus ( 1 free )
1 x ExpressCard/54 ( 1 free )
Interfaces 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
1 x infrared - IrDA
3 x USB 2.0 - 4 pin USB Type A
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm
1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x docking / port replicator - 168 pin docking
Software
Software Included Diskeeper Lite
Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Miscellaneous
Integrated Options ThinkLight
Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader
Features power-on password
Windows Vista Certification Windows Vista Capable
Compliant Standards CB
Dimensions & Weight
Width 14.1 in
Depth 10 in
Height 1.3 in
Weight 5.5 lbs
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
Sustainability
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes

Topics: IBM, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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