Lenovo ThinkPad R61

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Lenovo ThinkPad R61

ThinkPad R Series are affordable and lightweight notebooks with great performance, outstanding battery life and large, bright displays. ThinkPad R61 m...

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Review of "Lenovo ThinkPad R61 "

published 09/01/2009 | goblingee
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Excellent
Pro great technology and support
Cons none
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Memory / capacity
Comfort & Portability
Robustness & Durability

"cant fault it"

I love IBM and Lenovo. I think they build the best computers in the world (pc based, I have no intention of getting into the PC/Mac debate right now)

Built around the powerful Intel Centrino Duo this laptop is fantastic value for money. You can get it for between £300-£400 on the web.

Having had an earlier model for several years with no issues whatsoever, I was very sad when it died due to an unfortunate incident with a pint of water.
I was going to get the same machine again but decided to go for this one instead.

As with all the Thinkpad range it is built to last. although some people have issues with the blocky design I think that this is one of the best features, Lenovo/IBM make no attempt at (for want of a better word) tarting it up, why should they. the solid design and construction makes this a very strong, long lasting design that can be carried without the feeling that it might break in your hands.

Along with this design benefit you have the peace of mind that you are using a machine built with solid components and chips unlike many of the low budget machines available out there.

Not only this but if you should ever be unfortunate enough to have an issue (hardware or software) you can pick up the phone and speak to a very professional, helpful, UK based support team (while under warranty) and get things sorted quickly and effortlessly.
One example of this is, I had an issue with a faulty hard drive, I called the support team and had a new hard drive and install diske in my hand 2 days later which I fitted with guidance from the support team over the phone.

Ok on to the machine its self:-
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz with 64-bit Computing
Data Bus Speed 800 MHz
Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Dynamic Acceleration
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM965 Express
L2 Cache Memory 3 MB
RAM
Installed Size 2 GB / 3 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz PC2-5300
Configuration Features 2 x 1 GB
Hard Drive 160 GB - Serial ATA-150
Optical DVD-Writer - integrated
Display Type 15.4" TFT
Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display
Colour Support 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Graphics Processor / Vendor Intel GMA X3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
Audio Output Sound card
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Audio Input Microphone
Input Device(s)
Keyboard, TrackPoint
56 K Fax / modem
Wireless LAN Supported
Wireless NIC Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x memory - SO DIMM 200-pin 1 ( 1 ) x CardBus - type I/II
Interfaces 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm 1 x headphones - output - 3.5 mm phone stereo
Miscellaneous
Security lock slot, administrator password, hard drive password, power-on password, ThinkVantage Active Protection System, ThinkPad Roll Cage
Compliant Standards CE, MPR II, BSMI, VCCI Class B ITE, CISPR 22 Class B, NOM, SASO, IEC 60950, UL 60950, FCC Part 15 B, CER, CCC, RoHS, ACA, CSA C22.2 No. 950
External Power Device AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
Installed Qty 1 / 1 (max)
Operating System / Software
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, ThinkLight, Bluetooth aerial

Width 35.9 cm
Depth 26 cm
Height 3.5 cm
Weight 2.8 kg

When I purchased this computer I made a fairly good saving by downgrading from Windows vist to Xp Pro X64 edition as I personally dont like vista and the way it works. I think they got it right with XP and should have just continued to improve that and work on security.

I think that about covers it.

Thanks for reading.

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Product Information : Lenovo ThinkPad R61

Manufacturer's product description

ThinkPad R Series are affordable and lightweight notebooks with great performance, outstanding battery life and large, bright displays. ThinkPad R61 models feature a thinner, lighter design for enhanced mobility and are the coolest and quietest R Series models ever.

Product Details

Product Description: Lenovo ThinkPad R61 8918 - 15.4" - Core 2 Duo T8100 - Win XP Pro - 2 GB RAM - 160 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Pro, Vista Business

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz / 3 MB Cache

Memory: 2 GB DDR2

Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer

Display: 15.4" 1680 x 1050 / WSXGA+, 15.4" 1280 x 800 / WXGA

Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M - 128 MB, Intel GMA X3100

Networking: Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n (draft) , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: 6-cell

Integrated Options: ThinkLight

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35.8 cm x 26 cm x 3.85 cm, 35.85 cm x 26 cm x 3.85 cm

Weight: 2.7 kg, 2.9 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Manufacturer Selling Program: TopSeller

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Colour: Black

General

MPN: NF5DFUK, NG1DNUK

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 3 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Front Side Bus: 800 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel PM965 Express, Mobile Intel GM965 Express

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino Duo

Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology, Intel Dynamic Acceleration

Memory

RAM: 2 GB ( 1 x 2 GB ), 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 667 MHz / PC2-5300

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1, 0

Storage

Main Storage: 160 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer - removable, DVD-Writer - fixed

Display

Type: 15.4"

Resolution: 1680 x 1050 ( WSXGA+ ), 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Image Aspect Ratio: 16:10

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Features: Anti-glare

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M - 128 MB, Intel GMA X3100

Memory Allocation Technology: TurboCache, Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Codec: CX20549

Input

Type: Keyboard, TrackPoint, UltraNav

Communications

Wireless: Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n (draft)

Wireless Controller: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Features: V.92 upgradable

Battery

Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion

Installed Qty: 1

Max Supported Qty: 2

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Output: 90 Watt , 20 V , 4.5 A

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x CardBus ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x docking / port replicator ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)

Memory Card Reader: 4 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess Licence Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Miscellaneous

Integrated Options: ThinkLight

Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, hard drive password, power-on password, ThinkVantage Active Protection System, ThinkPad Roll Cage

Compliant Standards: MPR II, BSMI, GOST, cUL, MPR III, NOM, SASO, UL 60950, CB, FCC Part 15 B, CER, CCC, DOC, MIC, RoHS, ACA

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Manufacturer Selling Program: TopSeller

Colour: Black

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 35.8 cm, 35.85 cm

Depth: 26 cm

Height: 3.85 cm

Weight: 2.7 kg, 2.9 kg

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Silver

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in ¦ Limited warranty - battery - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 40 dB

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