The X61 touch screen can distinguish a point contact, which is rather neat
There's the integrated Tablet support for one thing, as well as support for a TPM 1.2 module and fingerprint reader for added security. Lenovo has also worked to improve the usability of its excellent software package with ThinkVantage System Update 3. It connects to the Great Server In The Sky to check for updates and then installs them within Windows.
There's none of that DOS nonsense that ThinkPad users of old remember, but the system isn't perfect. Connecting to the server can take a while and downloads can be quite erratic, so we suffered some anxiety when we saw there were three critical updates of which the largest was Rescue and Recovery 4.0 for Windows Vista v1.01 (why not v4.01?) which weighed in at 572MB.
In the event, it took 20 minutes to download and install 45MB of important updates while the enormous critical update happened in just a few minutes, which suggests that it was actually far smaller than 572MB. Although we were unimpressed by the speed of the hardware, we had no such problems with the quality of the X61.
The chassis is made from a magnesium alloy, so it's reasonably light at 2.02kg, yet it is very stiff and resistant to distortion - you can press hard on the lid without distorting the picture. The keyboard, mouse buttons and TrackPoint all live up to ThinkPad expectations and there are a number of handy features including function keys to change screen brightness or to enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
You've got to give it to a laptop, which is under spec'ed, over weight, over priced and has an avereage battery life, that can still get a nice 75% rating - which is the same as the Sony that im being told I have to buy up in the top right corner of the site there...
The thing I like most about Thinkpads, is that they have a nice could-survive-a-drop-down-a-flight-of-stairs feeling. I would recommend them to anyone.
Although I have a Thinkpad my ex got me onto while she worked at IBM...so..I might be a bit...biased.
Obviously, the second photo shows that Lenovo is in league with the dark ones... a pity you didn't find the laser turrents mounted inside the screen casing yet. No wonder they needed a durable material!
I wonder what would happen if my cat started batting at the mouse cursor on a touch screen...