ThinkPad R60

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The R60 is a refresh of Lenovo's ThinkPad R52 model. The R60 includes a few new features and new component options; otherwise, the ThinkPad R52 and ThinkPad R60 are identical. This review includes performance and pricing information for the ThinkPad R60. Details regarding design and features can be found in the ThinkPad R52 review.

Thinkpad R60

The plain black case of the midsize R series may not elicit excitement, but its broad range of configuration options -- with prices starting at AU$2699 -- provide tremendous flexibility for businesses looking to make the most of their tech dollar. With the ThinkPad R60, Lenovo loaded up the solid R-series case with new parts, such as Intel's newest Core Duo processors, fast 667MHz RAM, and ATI's latest Mobility Radeon graphics chips. The result is a well-made laptop with enough oomph to tackle any basic business task.

Features
Though the R60's design is nearly identical to that of the R52, there are a few new key features. Most notably, the ThinkPad R60 includes a convenient wireless on/off switch along the laptop's front edge. The number of USB 2.0 ports has increased to three (from two), and buyers can now choose an SXGA+ resolution for the laptop's 14-inch display. In addition to the metal screen hinges found on the R52, the R60 incorporates a magnesium alloy frame and a shock-mounted hard drive to help withstand everyday bumps.

Performance
Our ThinkPad R60 review unit came stocked with a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo T2500 processor; 1GB of fast 667MHz RAM; a roomy 100GB, 7,200rpm hard drive; and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 card with 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. These specs are nearly identical to the ThinkPad T60 we tested earlier this year, as was the R60's performance in CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks. The R60 also scored in line with a similarly configured Dell Latitude D620. The ThinkPad R60's battery lasted a lengthy 6 hours 25 minutes -- that's 30 minutes longer than the ThinkPad T60 and more than 2 hours longer than the Latitude D620.


SysMark 2004 performance
(Longer bars indicate faster performance)
BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating
SysMark 2004 Internet content creation
SysMark 2004 office productivity
Dell Latitude D620
211
271
165
Lenovo ThinkPad R60
206
280
151


Battery life
(Longer bars indicate longer battery life)
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance
BAPCo MobileMark 2005 battery-life minutes
Lenovo ThinkPad R60
385
248
Dell Latitude D620
237
247


The laptop comes with one-year carry-in warranty at the service centre. The system battery, however, has only a one-year carry-in warranty. On Lenovo's support Web site, you can register your warranty after which the site will automatically detect your machine configuration and offer the appropriate support. A knowledge database is available for simple troubleshooting. Updated drivers, manuals and software upgrades can be downloaded as well. If the issue requires professional assistance, a telephone helpline is available during working hours from Monday to Friday. More detailed diagnosis requires the unit to be brought to Lenovo's service centre for troubleshooting.

ThinkPad R60 (Core Duo Processor T2400 1.83GHz, 512MB RAM)
Company: Lenovo Australia
RRP: AU$2,699

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