Lenovo X60t Reviewed: Tough as a Tablet Can Get

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It's not often you'll see a Tablet PC get the royal treatment, but that's precisely what the folks over at Notebook Review did to welcome the much-anticipated
Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC. Weighing in at 3.8 pounds, the 12-incher can be fitted with Core Duo or Core Solo processors. It's got three flavors of wireless (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an optional embedded WWAN card), and despite being a Tablet seems pretty solid thanks to its sturdy pivoting action and rugged casing. So what was Notebook Review's verdict? Click ahead for a run through.

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In their very lengthy dissertation (which includes 5 videos) Notebook Review's Andrew Baxter gushes over the new Tablet. Among the things he praises are the system's new 2.5-inch drive (which now runs at 7,200rpm) and the Tablet's 5-hour battery life (which was achieved using an 8 cell battery). Baxter also demos the Tablet's MultiTouch feature, which lets you use the your digits as an input device. The idea of giving your laptop the finger may seem inviting, but as Baxter points out, using the pen is much easier. Another cool feature is Active Rotate, which automatically rotates the screen so that it's never misaligned when the Tablet is moved.

A couple of things to note. The $1,700 X60 has no built-in optical drive and the mono speaker is located on the bottom of the Tablet, which I'm sure will make for some nice muffled audio. So despite the solid show, our stance on Tablets remains the same, but should we ever call for one, this is where we'd put our money.

Lenovo ThinkPad X60t [via Notebook Review]

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Those are the requirements for freshmen engineering students at Virginia Tech. I got a Toshiba Tecra M4 they were selling at the bookstore (Not CDW-G). The reasoning behind the tablet requirement was, as best I understand, that "It gets a pen back in your hand," and that you cannot draw ideas with a mouse in the same way.

Our homework is done in an Office app called Onenote. It's pressure sensitive, but there are no settings for how sensitive. I haven't used a Wacom before, and we don't get Photoshop in our software package, so I cannot speak to that.

My biggest issue with the tablet is viewing angle. If i have it sitting on my desk in tablet mode, I have to lean almost directly over it to see anything. Now I just hook it up to my TV...

From experience, the biggest thing about this tablet is the 5-hour battery, and MultiTouch. My battery dies in a little over 2 hours, which can just get me through my longest classes. Being able to use your finger as the stylus would be great, in case you ever lost the pen... for some reason... The hinge really isn't that big of a concern for me, but I've never had it open when it could be dropped.