Pros It is indeed a notebook
Cons bad support, poor quality
Summary If you want to buy this notebook, you should be aware that Lenovo might send you a notebook with a defective LCD screen (dead or stuck pixels). There can be up to eight of them on your LCD screen, and Lenovo will argue that this is not a defective screen. They will not repair it, they will not take back the laptop. If you want to send back the laptop, because you are unhappy about these green, white or red dots starring at you from the middle of the screen, they will charge you 15% restocking fee (280$ in my case!!). Yes, this happened to me while ordering a Thinkpad X61 directly from Lenovo. These seem to be the new Lenovo standards in custumer support and quality. Poor Thinkpad!
Cons Screen resolution goes up to 1280x768
Summary I bought this notebook and decided to return it immediatly (it took 2 weeks+ to arrive).
The screen can only be set up to 1280x768 which is mediocre. Combining that with the thinkpad odd square display just makes for very little working space on your screen.
Customer service was poor though not horrible. I got hit with a 15% restocking fee.
Their return policy AND their screen resolution are not easy to spot when ordering. See e.g. http://www.jkontherun.com/2007/06/lenovo_thinkpad.html
Pros Superp battery life. Super fast, super lite, and built to last.
Cons No internal CD RWR drive...but who cares!!!
Summary Great little computer. Super fast and super lite. Much more durable than any Dell out there. The only problem with Lenovo has to do with its shipping and fulfillment. If you order directly from Lenovo, you may have to wait significantly longer than expected. And good luck trying to get help from customer service. But if you don't mind waiting for one of the most solid notebooks out there, Lenovo is your best bet.
Pros Lightweight, low price and great features
Cons Windows Vista, low screen contrast & 4 cell battery drain
Summary I ordered this laptop 8/30 and had it delivered 9/06 (eight day turnaround) - guess Lenovo is finally getting their act together.
The laptop is fantastic. Very light (2.8lbs) with all the features you needed. Keep in mind that it does not come with an optical drive - but I can't remember the last time I popped in a cd/dvd. Didn't come with too much bloatware - removed them. It's got an overhead light that makes the keyboard legible in low light environments. The keyboard has great feedback, all the alpha keys are moderately sized. I got mine for only $900. It's got the IBM bezel.
Windows Vista is a horrible O/S. I'm giving serious thought of downgrading to XP. Vista is a real resource hog - may upgrade ram to 2GB.
The 4-cell battery doesn't last too long - two hours tops. You may want to get the 8-cell which does stick out on the back (hence I didn't get it).
Screen contrast could be a bit brighter, but I read about this already on another review.
In conclusion, this is a great laptop if all you need is a great ultra-portable.
Pros light weight and long battery life
Cons Poor hardware manufacturing
Summary I love Thinkpad but my latest X61 is a nightmare. After 2 weeks' use, it went dead. Exchange it for the second one, went dead after 1 week. Now after using the third X61 for 3 months, it went dead again. My IT guy told me that Lenovo now manufactures parts in China and it might take some time before Lenovo get its China manufacturing lines to iron out the quality problems.