Lenovo ThinkPad T60 review

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With its 15.4in screen and business-like looks, the Lenovo T60 belongs in the same bland camp as the HP. However, while the T60 isn’t exactly portable – 2.8kg is a lot to carry round all day – 7hrs 29mins of light use is enough to make even the longest of train journeys productive. Plus, it has the advantage of being big enough to use comfortably on a desk when you arrive.

Lenovo ThinkPad T60 review

Security is at the forefront of Lenovo’s thinking, so you get a fingerprint reader coupled with a TPM chip. The venerable ThinkVantage software handles everything from fingerprints to system recovery and even tweaking the Active Protection System, which shields your hard disk against physical impact.

We’re a little disappointed that the keyboard doesn’t make full use of the wide chassis, but it’s comfortable enough to use, particularly due to the choice of touchpad or trackpoint. The overall build quality is fantastic: there’s little chance of damaging the screen in daily transport. However, the panel itself isn’t very bright or clear next to some of the better models here, so it’s better suited to work rather than entertainment.

This is further emphasised by the T60’s results in our benchmarks, as it sits in the middle of the pack with a score of 0.86. This beats the budget HP and NEC, and the semi-rugged Panasonic. All four have a relatively disappointing amount of hard disk space, with the T60 offering only 80GB.

A little pride is regained by the presence of ATi’s X1400 graphics, which averaged 19fps in Call of Duty 2 at low-quality settings. This is the fastest of the three models here with discrete graphics, and you might enjoy older games if you keep your expectations for advanced effects within reason.

The T60 is backed by a three-year return-to-base warranty, and you also get both ExpressCard/54 and PC Card slots. All in all, it’s a decent, if overpriced, option for those who want something substantial enough to use both in the office and away from the mains.

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