Lenovo ThinkPad T60 Preview
Lenovo ThinkPad T60 PreviewCarrying an Intel Core Duo processor and the innovative ThinkPad system management platform, the T60 is a look at the future of mobile computing. We give you the [H] Consumer perspective on what you can look forward to.
Although we didn’t receive this system from a vendor, our packaging scheme is likely similar to what a consumer will receive if they were to purchase this system.
We were sent an IBM Thinkpad branded box. Inside, we found a plain accessories box on top of the system, which was packed in a Styrofoam frame. Inside our accessories box, we found our battery, power cord and adapter, phone line,
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When we flipped it over,
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The left side of the chassis features an exhaust vent, a VGA monitor connection, phone and Ethernet ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a USB port, and an over under dual PCMCIA slot [Editor's Note: The top slot is a 34/54 ExpressCard slot, the bottom is PCMCIA]. The right side carried the optical drive and two additional USB ports. The rear had only an additional exhaust vent and connectivity for the power cord. The front had the infrared detection array and a switch to activate the wireless connection.
We opened the latch to look at our display and user interface. There is a “ThinkVantage” hotkey at the top of the keyboard. Although the track pad isn’t very large, the buttons are, and they’re easy to find with your thumbs. A track button in the middle of the keyboard works as a pointer and combines with the middle button above the track pad to act as a scroll bar. The keyboard itself is very nice and feels sturdy. The “Fn” key allows for a number of hotkey functions, including one for turning on an overhead keyboard light. Again, very nifty.
The display has several LED type indicators at the bottom, one of which is a Bluetooth indicator. The display itself has a bit of a matte finish to it, so it wasn’t reflective. This usually means a slight loss of clarity and definition, but we’ll discuss that when we get to audio and visual quality. We also noticed that the display is held onto the rest of the chassis with metal hinges, not plastic. This made the display very sturdy, and made us feel very comfortable with the construction.
The future of biometrics in personal computing is brought to bear by a small window on the lower right side of the chassis: the fingerprint scanner,
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Editor’s Note: Normally,
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