Pros Very light, respectable speed, extremely high build quality
Cons Hard drive might be too slow for some users, no optical drive.
Summary After some time with the X41 Tablet, I can't imagine a better combination of tablet technology with laptop functionality. The computer is extremely solid, has respectable speed, and very portable all at the same time.
While some users might be turned off by the 'slow' 1.8" hard drive, I wouldn't want to give up the size needed for a faster model. It resumes from standby in seconds - making it very easy to grab and use like you would a paper notebook, which is the idea.
I don't miss the optical drive either - again for size considerations. If the computer were any larger or heavier, it would lose a lot of it's useability.
All users should take a look at this great computer, especially those who have to take a lot of handwritten notes (or would like to), but don't want to give up a keyboard (which is superb on this device).
Pros sounds like a nice computer
Cons doesn't seem to exist
Summary Discussion of a product includes customer service
I ordered an X41 tablet in early July. I noticed when I was doing my online order that the options available changed several times an hour! Honestly - it didn't make any sense. I ended up calling customer service to place the order. When I did that I was given a different price for the 60gb configuration than was available on their own website, and told that the 60gb model was unavailable. The next day, less than 24 hours later, the site was showing the 60gb model would be available "within two weeks" while the 40gb model would be "within two to four weeks". I called customer service and changed my order to the 60gb model.
I started receiving all the peripheral devices, software, carrying case, dvd player, etc., within a week. As of 4 weeks ago, I received everything -- everything, except the computer itself. It's been almost 8 weeks and there is STILL no indication of when this will be shipped. Customer service is non-responsive and basically non-existent.
By the time they start shipping these systems, they will be obsolete.
I am a fairly forgiving person, and understand this is a new product line, and perhaps initial demand was higher than they expected. But over 8 weeks (and counting) an overpriced laptop is really unbelievable.
Never had this kind of problem with IBM in the past, and my experience here is extremely disappointing.Updated
After over 9 weeks of waiting (all the peripherals received within a week or two of my order) I FINALLY got my tablet PC. First off, it's a solid machine. The keyboard is good. The wireless connection works well. BUT it is SLOOOOW to start up taking a full minute or more. It uses a slow, clicky harddrive. The fingerprint scanner on mine is faulty - I called tech support, and got the feeling they've gotten more than a few calls on this. They walked me through the process, the computer recognized the fingerprint scanner was installed, it worked about twice and the darn thing stopped working again.
Lenovo sales support was awful, I got the sense no one there knows what the other person is doing. Oh, and they managed to overcharge me by about $600 for the order- EVEN THOUGH I was told the salesperson had entered the code for the system correctly. Good thing I was paying attention, otherwise that inadvertent slip up would have simply been my loss and their gain.
I have to admit, I'm extremely disappointed with the whole experience. I just hope they are better at accepting returns than they are at making computers and selling them.
It would be a nice machine for maybe $1000, but for the hefty premium, I'm sad to say it just isn't worth it right now.
Pros Tablet software, size, weight, battery and accessories
Cons Keyboard, "the pencil eraser", sound
Summary I appreciate brevity, so I'll do my best:
I've never had an IBM/Lenovo before so that's been part of the problem. Most recently, I'm coming off a Dell 300M that was a great little laptop. I've had my X41 tablet about a month now, so I think I've got a fair opinion. My highest priority was to find a small and light pc. This is it. If you like bigger ones, maybe the Toshiba or HP is okay, but I'm happy with the X41. My other disclaimer is that I knew it would not rest much, so I did not order the docking station, but rather just a Targus USB DVD/CD drive.
Tablet ability - Fantastic: If you're like me, you had notes and pages in all kinds of different places and sometimes didn't take those notes to the next meeting when you should have. The tablet pc software is amazing. I used Franklin's XP edition for a while, but because of crashes I'm now sticking with MS OneNote ($99 retail I think). It's completely changed the way I organize business because now I have everything in my laptop when I need it - files, handwritten notes, copied pages, etc. It's great. Lastly, although I don’t use it much, the handwriting to text conversion is far better than I thought it would be. No perfect, but easy to correct. There are a variety of ways you can input the writing and I’ve found that the different inputs work well for me in different applications. That's the software though...
Size, weight and battery - Fantastic: The size and weight of the X41 tablet are the big advantage for me. During heavy use, I get about 4-6 hours of life out of the large batteries (shown in the video) and 2-3 hours out of the small one (ordered separately). I have three batteries, and because I always have my pc with me now, I use them all and switch batteries when I need to. The "multi-charger" accessory charges two batteries without them having to be plugged into the laptop and has made it very convenient. Unlike the Dell (at least the one I had), I do like that if I'm plugged into power, I can change the battery in the X41 without interrupting the laptop. In the Dell, the power apparently flowed through the battery so I couldn't do that.
Screen - Good: I'm very happy with the screen, especially to write on. It's not like the new dazzling ones like Sony and HP, but if you're not watching DVD's, this one is great for business (although I've never tried a DVD). The buttons on the side of the tablet screen make it easy to access a lot of features because, of course, the keyboard is covered up when it's in the tablet mode. The digital pen stores well in the laptop, but you have to have it, so you’ll need to order a second ($40) in case you lose the first one.
Mouse & Keyboard - Poor: I don't like IBM/Lenovo’s pencil eraser mouse, but you already know about that. The keyboard is crowded, but moreover I don't like that they keys do not have much resistance to them, so between those two things I often hit the wrong key. There are some convenient keys for sound and other adjustments, but no Windows key like many others.
Speed - Fair: As you've probably read, it's kind of slow, but I installed 1.5 Gigs of RAM and I think that's compensated for the slow hard drive speed. When I updated the software from the website, it loaded a lot of IBM/Lenovo utilities that really seemed to bog it down and make it run even slower. I uninstalled some of them like the safety and security center (anti-theft protection mostly) and backup software (I sync to a network, so I'm backed up) and that helped a lot, especially on startup.
Sound without the docking station - very poor: I don't expect a lot out of a small laptop, but we have VoIP telephones at work and I literally have to hold the bottom of the laptop up to my ear to hear voicemails. My Dell was almost as small and did a much better job in just being reasonable with sound output.
Overall: It'll take some adjustments, but I did a lot of shopping and reading and I'd definitely buy this again. As other manufacturers make tablet pc's, the decision will be more difficult, but for now I'm confident I got the best one. For all the downsides, the tablet software is worth it all and more for the way I do business.
Oh, and also everyone will stop and ask about it, then have to try writing on it for themselves….
That wasn’t very brief, but I hope it helps.
Pros Light weight, great keyboard!, long 5 hour battery life (8-cell)
Cons Would like greater screen resolution, "pen" easy to lose -- buy spares
Summary I am looking forward to future units having 1280x1024 instead of 1024x768, but that said, I'm able to do almost anything on my X41T that I could do on my T42 14" (1400x1050) and Desktop (dual 20" 1600x1200). I take it with me everywhere -- I can use it on the subway in NYC. Use it with a Verizon Wireless broadband pc card and you have internet everywhere. The tablet features work very nicely. IBM Support is outstanding in that I rarely hear "hold music" in the years that I've used it and the people know what they're doing.
8-cell battery lasts me about 5 hours. I have a spare. Get a couple of spare "pens" as they get lost easily and are sometimes on backorder. Check out two forums: tabletpcbuzz.com and forum.thinkpads.com.
I have model 1866-6TU but most people can do with the 40GB drive instead of the 60GB drive. I really love this machine!
Pros Lightweight, great battery life
Cons external optical drive
Summary First, my usage disclaimer: I do not use this as my primary computer - I use it as a portable workstation for when I am on the road. In this capacity, the X41 is a good unit to own. It is sturdy (it has survived a couple of falls and bumps), its performance is snappy, and it is very portable. This is my first tablet ever, and I must say that it does exactly what I expected it to do. It hits my "sweet spot" combination of portability, performance, and battery life. Sure, there are other units out there that are faster, lighter, or that have built-in optical drives, but I like the particular combination of these that the X41 has. I do use this laptop to work and not watch DVDs when I travel, so the integrated DVD drive is not critical for me (plus, the battery lasts a lot longer that way). Do opt for the 8-cell battery, though - it adds to the weight but you get a lot more time unplugged. It does take some time to get the unit when you order it, but in my opinion, it was worth it. So if you are shopping for features and think that the X41 has what you are looking for, go for it.