Product Notes: Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet
November 14th, 2006
Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X60 Tablet today, which is their second-generation Tablet PC and is closely related to the ThinkPad X60 and ThinkPad X60s lightweight laptops. The X60 Tablet is one of the first Tablet PCs that will be able to usefully run Windows Vista, which will integrate tablet capability into its Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions.
The ThinkPad X60 Tablet is a substantial update from last year's ThinkPad X41 Tablet. Among other things, it upgrades from a Pentium M to a Core Duo processor (important to handle the overhead of tablet functions), significantly improves the included pen, and adds significant choice in displays.
Several notes when ordering a ThinkPad X60 Tablet:
See ISC's Tablet PC Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of November 2006, configuring a ThinkPad X60 Tablet to these specifications can be done for approximately $2,250.
ISC believes that Tablet PC users with up-to-date hardware specifications (i.e. Core Duo) will be among the first to legitimately consider transitioning to Windows Vista, which has integrated tablet capability.
ISC sees the ThinkPad X60 Tablet as sharing the class-leading Tablet PC position with Toshiba's Portégé M400. As such, there is very little reason to consider purchasing the previous generation ThinkPad X41 Tablet. The Computer Connection will have at least one X60 Tablet configuration available shortly.
--John Mulhern III, Senior Project Leader, ISC Technology Support Services (November 14th, 2006)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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