My New Tablet PC

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

… is a ThinkPad x60. It's the lightest, quietest, fastest notebook I've ever owned (and has the longest battery life, too (over 5 hours)). It took about 3 weeks to build and ship from Shanghai, and came with a 1.67 GHz Core Duo CPU, 2 GB RAM, and a 7200 RPM drive. Performance with Vista is pleasing and smooth.

x60 Windows Experience Index

Compare those stats to my older tablet, a Toshiba M200. This machine has a 1.7GHz Pentium M, 1GB RAM, and a 7200 RPM drive.

m200 Windows Experience Index

Then there is my "performance" laptop, a 3 year old Dell Inspiron 9100 (2.8 GHz Pentium D, 1GB RAM, 7200 RPM drive):

9100 Windows Experience Index

The Dell is still going strong, but with 9.2 lbs of weight, 45 minutes of battery life, and the heat dissipation of a small thermonuclear device, it's not going to be pictured in the dictionary next to the word "mobile" anytime soon. You can see the x60 is just a tad smaller:

x60 versus 9100

The first order of business was to wipe the laptop clean and start with a fresh Vista install. John Robbins' blog has a detailed post on where to dig out all the drivers and other important software (see: A Squeaky Clean Thinkpad X60 Tablet With No Craplets). More tips to follow...


Comments
Rachit Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Hmmm...12" screen. I own Dell 700m (discotinued now) which is also 12.1", I must admin that it's small size. If the travel/mobility is a must, then it's great otherwise, you would want at least 14"...

On the other side, you can always take it with you in the bathroom with ya..;)

Just my $0.02.

Good luck with it though!
scott Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Rachit: Yah - it's a tiny screen, but it is clear and bright at 1400x1050. I'm adjusting :)
Rob Garrett Friday, May 11, 2007
Nice isn't it - I have one too.

Some of my peers cannot fathom why I would want a small screen laptop for every day work. I tell them that it's because I can work spontaneously - with 5 hours battery and a "pick up, put down feel" it's no wonder I get more done (especially around my kids).

BTW, I have 2GB ram and can run up to 4 virtual PC's withoptomization turned on and memory boost.

R.
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