First Impression Lenovo Thinkpad X60

Well, I certainly made the right choice about this computer. It was quick to set up. Is the perfect size to carry around. The keyboard works great. The tablet part of it is unbelievable, although there must be more to the using your finger to select things, because it was not as intuitive as I would have expected. Using the included pen works great.

Short version of the story,.. best computer I have ever owned or seen.

The finger print scanner thingy which I was skeptical of worked so easily, and set up so quickly that I was shocked. So far out of 10 or so scans it recognized my finger on all of them.

The battery life literally brought tears into my eyes, I haven’t gotten it to run out yet, because I have not been able to use it long enough away from home to run it out. It lasts something like 7 HOURS PLUS!! with the bigger battery installed.

The screen dims when you run it on battery, and I have not yet figured out how to correct that, but I am sure I can. The most I ever use my computer without the power cord is going to be 4 or 5 hours, so with the brighter screen and shorter battery life, it will still be one of Gods great blessings!!

I have used a touchpad for years, and was also a little suspicious of the little red eraser point. I still would like to have had a touchpad in adition to the eraser point, but I have gotten used to the eraser point imediately. I thought I might not like the eraser point so I bought an optical mouse. I figured when I was at home, I would use the optical mouse, and when on the road use the eraser point. I find that I only pick up the optical mouse about 3 percent of the time when I want to give my hand a break from its other position. The eraser point is actually so well placed that it creates another small difficulty. You literally never move your right palm, whether you are typing or search and clicking on the internet. The result of this is that the area where your right palm touches the plastic case begins to get hot and sweaty. Now a touchpad on the other hand creates its own problems. When using a touch pad you must hold your hand up above the table surface requiring more muscular effort, and as a result my hand would get tired doing that over time. So on this one point I would give a touch pad a 9 out of 10, the eraser tip and 8, and the mouse will probably never get picked up again except when my hand wants a change of position to rest. In retrospect though, the touchpad sometimes would not work when it was very cold, or my fingers were greasy or wet, (I am very hard on computers), so maybe long term I will like this better.
The screen swingy thingy, that turns it into a tablet is perfect. It was really fun last night when I got too tired to write, to just turn it into a tablet, and click through the net. The screen is phenomanal with no glare, very bright, and visble from an angle. The ThinkVantage button which I thought was corny at first, turned out to be very helpful, and I find myself clicking it to figure out how to do something.

The only things I think I would change if I could would be to make it lighter, which I know is what every computer user and manufacturer wants, to add a touch pad in addition to the eraser tip, and to create the palm rest into a padded, countoured and ventilated surface for long term use. I also would love a phone number that was easy to find, (I have not looked yet), for technical service, even if I had to pay through the teeth for it, I would still be happy with highly trained, ready to jump customer service. It may even exist, and I just don’t know about it yet.

As far as the proactive customer support Lenovo promised on making and sending the unit to me. Boy did they deliver on that. I got it within two weeks of ordering, and that process was fantastic! Thanks again David Churbuck for that one!

All and all, I will give it a 97 out of a 100.

It is absolutely by far the best lap top I have ever seen or used. I can not recomend it highly enough!

6 Replies to “First Impression Lenovo Thinkpad X60”

  1. Hey Kris,
    So far I have mostly used it indoors. The screen is awesome when plugged in, and I am sure would work outdoors, it is night right now 🙂 When it is unplugged the power setting drops down the screen brightness. I am sure there is a power setting that you can change but I have not done it yet. If you want data on it, call Lenovo and ask to speak to Atkins Cho, or his boss Maria Morenos. Or if you really want to be bold, google David Churbuck and find his blog, and tell him I sent you over there. David is one of the V.P.’s of Lenovo. Lenovo, as I predict you know being in finance, is the spin off company from IBM for personal computers. I am thrilled with their customer service, which is probably more important today than even the choice of machines. Nice to meet you, and also being in Del Mar, I would love you to read the rest of our site.

  2. In your comment:
    The screen dims when you run it on battery, and I have not yet figured out how to correct that, but I am sure I can.

    I am having the same problem. On AC power the screen is bright and great but drops down when on battery power. On battery power I increase the brightness as high as it goes but it is not the same. Have you found a way to make the sceen as bright on battery power as it is when plugged in?


  3. Hey Tim,
    Nope I have not yet.
    The best I have come up with is following the following sequence,
    First off, somewhere along the way in the following sequence I set up a custom configuration with my name on it for the battery settings. For the first time in my life, the battery never runs down, so I am trying to set everything for maximum performance, and I am not worrying at all about battery life. I followed theses steps:

    Think Vantage Button
    Device Configuration.
    Manage Power schemes
    Manage Settings
    Display Brightness set to 7

    7 is the highest brightness setting, but even at that as soon as I go from AC to battery, the screen dims. I am going to bug David Churbuck about it, and see if he posts a comment on his blog 🙂

  4. The screen brightness can be set in the BIOS at booting up the notebook (Press F1 for BIOS) then go to the screen section.

  5. The BIOS trick worked. When you first turn on the computer, press F1 and it will give you the menu. Find the place to control the brightness. Change it from Normal to Bright. It warns you that this will significantly decrease battery life. The battery works so well, that I doubt I will mind, even if it cuts the battery life in half. The screen looks amazingly bright now, even on battery! Thanks Beeblebrox!

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