Lenovo ThinkPad T60p
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Many large and medium-size businesses purchase laptops once every four or five years. The migration cycle to a new operating system takes even longer because of compatibility issues and the cost of upgrading. Thankfully, this doesn’t apply to all businesses. Start-ups and small businesses, as well as IT departments being built from the ground up or starting a new purchasing cycle, can do more than dream about Lenovo’s latest gem. The ThinkPad T60p ($4,048 direct) is a business workstation laptop built on the same principles as a gaming rig: Load the fastest components you can find and worry about the price later. In addition to the fastest Intel Core 2 Duo processor (the T7600), 4GB of RAM, and workstation graphics, you also get the latest from Microsoft: Windows Vista Business. With all that, the ThinkPad T60p retains the Editors’ Choice for business laptops.
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runSlideShow(); Business professionals buying into a ThinkPad won’t get much in terms of looks. The entire ThinkPad line is draped in black, with the exception of the Lenovo ThinkPad Z61m, which has an option for a titanium cover. In fact, loyal ThinkPad users would probably pass out if Lenovo presented the T60p in another color. What it lacks in pizzazz, however, the T60p makes up for in durability. Its surrounding shell is composed entirely of magnesium alloy, and according to Lenovo, based on its extensive testing, the quad-metal hinges can sustain approximately 30,000 closes.
The T60p comes in a variety of screen flavors. I’ve reviewed both the ThinkPad T60 15-inch and a ThinkPad Widescreen version, which are great if your job calls for a larger screen. But the sweet spot for me is a 14-inch screen, which is standard on the T60p. It’s large enough for what I need to do—write reviews and surf the Web—and the 5.6-pound frame, with the nine-cell battery, won’t hamper my travels. For those who prefer larger fonts, a lower-resolution (1,024-by-768) screen is probably best. Mine came with 1,400-by-1,050 resolution, which delivers more detail and fits more content onto the screen. The keyboard is responsive and tactile—a real joy to type on. You also have both TrackPoint (pointing stick) and touchpad options for pointing devices.
Both Lenovo and Windows Vista provide a huge assortment of management utilities that are essential to keeping the T60p and its data safe. The Vista tools include a comprehensive backup and restore utility, improved system and performance-monitoring software, and device tools that you would normally have to purchase separately. Lenovo’s own set of management tools come via its ThinkVantage suite. (I summarized some of the similarities between ThinkVantage and Vista’s management suite in my recent review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 (Vista).
Businesses will also want to upgrade sooner to take advantage of Vista’s (and hence the T60p’s) security improvements. Features such as Windows Defender, Internet Explorer 7, and the UAC (User Account Control) do very well at preventing malicious software from infiltrating the system. The T60p also has an integrated TPM (Trusted Platform Module) that enables full drive encryption; a fingerprint reader that’s linked to the TPM; and management software that ties both of these devices together. Unfortunately, Vista’s own encryption software, BitLocker, is available only in the Enterprise and Ultimate editions (You also have the option of getting the T60p with Windows XP installed).
My review unit didn’t come with an integrated cellular modem. You’ll notice that the antenna piece is missing from the top of the screen, but you can, of course, add it for a substantial fee ($150). With it, you can acquire broadband-like speeds wherever there’s a cell-phone signal. The T60p does have three USB ports, but interestingly enough, it doesn’t have a FireWire port or an SD slot, unlike its smaller sibling, the ThinkPad X60. The dual-layer DVD burner, typical for a mainstream business laptop, comes in handy for backup purposes.
The differences between consumer and workstation graphics boil down to drivers, certification, service, and a huge price difference. Most businesses would do fine with a lower-cost graphics card such as the ATI Mobility Radeon X1400. The T60p’s ATI Mobility FireGL V5250 caters to graphics and engineering professionals who design programs (especially games) based on the OpenGL standard.
The “p” in the T60p stands for performance, and wow, does it perform. It comes with the 2.33-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, the fastest Intel Core 2 Duo processor money can buy. And the 4GB of RAM will makes short work of Vista’s requirements. Both the processor and system memory drove Adobe Photoshop scores beyond the competition. On CineBench 9.5, it clearly took advantage of dual-core processing, surpassing the Gateway NX570X’s score by 16 percent. Although I couldn’t test with the latest version of MobileMark (2007), an industry-standard battery-life test, I was able to run down a DVD movie that exhausted the nine-cell battery in 2 hours 51 minutes. Obviously, you’ll get more battery life performing less demanding tasks such as surfing the Web, running spreadsheets, and playing music.
Don’t be too alarmed by the hefty price tag of our tested configuration. Again, the huge differential is based on the workstation graphics. The T60p’s base model ($2,488 direct), with the same T7600 processor but with 2GB of memory and the ATI Radeon X1400 card, is more than enough to handle all of Vista’s wonderful features. But if you’re a graphics professional who demands a lot more, then the Lenovo ThinkPad T60p workstation is probably the meanest business machine you can find.
Benchmark Test Results
Check out the Lenovo ThinkPad T60p test results .
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