Lenovo T61 review: Lenovo T61

While the 128MB Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M graphics card is an option in both the T61 and R61 ThinkPads, our T61 stuck with the integrated Intel X3100 GPU, which Lenovo says will give you better battery life than running a high-powered graphics card. The system ran for an impressive two hours and 29 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery, which sticks out a few inches from the rear of the system. That's a little more than 20 minutes more than the R61, which has the discrete video card option. Keep in mind, our DVD battery-drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use.

Lenovo provides a one-year warranty with 24-hour toll-free phone support. That's the standard for consumer laptops, but is shorter than the three-year term that covers many business laptops. You can choose from several different warranty extension options--but adding three years of onsite service will cost an additional $219. The preloaded suite of ThinkVantage applications helps users troubleshoot problems, and company's support Web site also has extensive support section.

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System specifications

Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300; 100GB Seagate 7,200rpm
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7600; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon V5250; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 100GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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Lenovo ThinkPad T61 8889 - 14.1" - Core 2 Duo T7500 - Win XP Pro - 1 GB RAM - 100 GB HDD

Part Number: 888902U Released: May 9, 2007
MSRP: $1,911.00 Low Price: $45.00 See all prices

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  • Release date May 9, 2007
  • Resolution 1400 x 1050 ( SXGA+ )
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Weight 5.7 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable
  • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M - 128 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 / 2.2 GHz