The X41 is the first offering from IBM’s computing division since it was purchased by Leonovo and it has managed to make it into a Tablet PC too. This lightweight device has been causing a stir since its official announcement although its basically a notebook PC with a rotating touch-screen. In Tablet mode you can write and draw directly onto the device using the included Digitiser Pen that incorporates a small button to switch functionality, plus there’s even a finger-print scanner if you are particularly security minded or just want to showboat.
Admittedly the ThinkPad X41 isn’t a particularly impressive Tablet device or notebook PC when you compare its specs to similar products, but Leonovo has tried to ensure that the X41 is more of work-horse than a fashion accessory. For example, IBM claims that you can milk a massive 6.3 hours of use with the optional 8-cell battery and this can be increased even further with an additional pack. Plus it weighs just 1.61kg so won’t be too much of a burden on the arms if you are ferrying it round the office all day.
The specs for the $1,899 model that will be available from June 14th are as follows: a 1.5Ghz Pentium M CPU coupled with up to 1.5GB RAM provides the power for the device and it is equipped with a 40GB hard disk drive. The 12.1″ is only capable of 1024×768 resolution but that shouldn’t be problem unless you’re planning to sneakily watch movies whilst roaming the corridors. Connectivity is provided by 802.11g/b wireless networking, bluetooth,Gigabit ethernet and infrared.