IBM/Lenovo – ThinkPad X41 – 12″ Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X41

Replaced by Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet

MFR’s Description: Performance features are loaded into ThinkPad X41 Tablet notebooks. Designed as part of the industry-leading X40 Series, the ThinkPad X41 Tablet is the lightest 12” convertible tablet among leading vendors, for the ultimate mobility in a choice of versatile ultraportables. This model has the ability to function both as a tablet and an ultraportable notebook, providing the flexibility to take handwritten notes directly on the screen with the Tablet Digitizer Pen.

Articles

GottaBeMobile.com – Replacing a Motion LS800 Tablet PC with a ThinkPad X41 Tablet. May 2006.
Newsome.org – November 2005 – “Thinkpad Tablet: King of the Road” – experiences of using the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC on a trip.

Reviews located at the bottom of the page.

Company/Manufacturing Information
Company: Lenovo
Company Website: Lenovo.com
Model Name: ThinkPad X41 Tablet
Product Page: IBM.com
Type: Convertible – Tablet PC/Laptop
Introduced: 2005
Cost (MSRP/Street): Base $1899 and on up (see product page for pricing)
CPU/Processor & Chipset
Processor Company: Intel
Processor Model: Pentium M Low Voltage 758
Processor Speed: 1.50GHz
Bus Speed: 400MHz
Cache Size: 2MB
Cache Type: L2
Systemboard Chipset: Intel 915GM Express Chipset
Display and Graphics
Graphics Chipset: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Screen Type: LCD TFT
Screen Size: 12.1″
Widescreen: No
Resolution: 1024×768 XGA
Video Memory:
Video Out: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes
Memory
Memory Capacity: 1.50GB (512MB Onboard?)
Memory Slots: 1
Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Speed: 533MHz
Shared With Video: Yes
Storage
Hard Drive Interface: ATA-100 IDE
Hard Drive Capacity: 40GB – 60GB (4200rpm)
Hard Drive Physical Size: ?
Optical Drive: Optional
Harddrive Shock Protection: Yes – “Active Protection System”
Battery
Battery Type: 8 Cell Hybrid
Default Battery Size: 8 Cell Hybrid
Mfr Estimated Runtime: Upto 6.3 hours, Optional Extended Life Battery Available
Dimensions, and Weight
Weight: Starts at 3.5lbs
Height: 0.81″
Width: 10.5″
Depth: 8.3″
Networking
Wireless: Optional, Depending on Model: ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter or Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG
Wireless Type: 802.11a/b/g
Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet
Modem: 56K V.92
Input
Keyboard: Fullsize
Mouse: TrackPoint
Tablet: Yes, Digitizer Pen
I/O Ports
USB Ports: 2xUSB 2.0 (1 Powered)
Firewire (IEEE 1394): ?
PS/2, Serial, Parallel: No
Infrared: Yes
PC Card Slots: 1x PCMCIA PC Card Type I/II
Flash Memory Card: Secure Digital (SD)
Bluetooth: Yes, 1Mbps
Port Replicator: Yes, Optional
Other I/O: Expansion Bus for X4 Dock
Audio
Audio Chipset: SoundMAX
Audio I/O: External Microphone/Line-In, Headphone/Line-Out
Software
Installed OS: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Drivers: pc.ibm.com/support
Included Software: Other – May include 3rd Party Software such as Adobe Acrobat, etc. – See Model Pages for full software list
Protection and Security
Fingerprint Reader: Some Models
Hardware Passwords: Yes
Other: Embedded Security Subsystem
Models
1869-5CU (18695CU) @$1899; 40GB Harddrive (others have 60GB); No Optical; No Bluetooth; Comes with Fingerprint Reader;
W7TABLN @$1979; No Optical; Comes with Digitizer Pen and Microsoft One Note; No Bluetooth; No Wireless;
W7TABLP @$2099; No Optical; Comes with Tablet Sleeve and Microsoft One Note;
W7TABLC @$2299; Comes Bundled with X4 Dock, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo; Comes with Bluetooth; Comes with Fingerprint Reader; May not have Wireless;
Warranty, Misc
Warranty:

Reviews – click on publication links to read full reviews

GottaBeMobile.com – May 2006 – Video Review

Engadget Awards 2005 – February 2006 – Won both Readers’ Choice and the Engadget Pick for the 2005 Engadget Awards.

TabletPc2.com – January 2006 – The Lenovo X41 Tablet PC offers users the convenience of a convertible in a lightweight sturdy package. Long Battery life and an nice selection of IBM software make the Tablet PC user experience as easy and friendly as possible and the available accessories make it an excellent choice for Students, road warriors and home users alike.

Michael Gartenberg/Jupiter Research – December 2005 – Selected the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC as the Laptop of the Year.

TheAge.com.au– December 2005 – Comparison of several convertible ultraportables.

infoSync World – Nov 2005 – 83% – The Lenovo ThinkPad X41 is productivity first, and everything else second. A modest set of specifications and a small screen are both features which lend themselves well towards keeping size and weight down whilst still providing sufficient power for most usual tasks.

CoolTechZone – October 2005 – If you are looking for a small lightweight tablet and won’t do much more than e-mail and note taking, along with basic office stuff, we would seriously recommend this one for it’s battery life, the extreme lightweight design and the brilliant IBM support, but be ready to pay anywhere from $1800 to upwards of $2000 for a common purpose machine.

MobileTechReview – October 2005 – 4.5 out of 5 stars – All the goodness of a ThinkPad in a Windows XP Tablet: that’s a winning combination. This machine has excellent build quality, enterprise level security and IBM’s excellent management software.

PC Pro (pcpro.co.uk) – October 2005 – 4 out of 6 stars – Not the unequivocal thumbs-up ThinkPads habitually earn. The X41 tablet is solid but lacks the flair we’ve come to expect from this product line, and comes at an embarrassing price.

Vince Anido – August 2005 – “First Impressions” – a user’s look at the X41 Tablet – Overall, things have been extremely smooth these past two weeks. I’m getting my main programs up and running without issue, and a few kinks aside, the user experience has been phenomenal.