Lenovo ThinkPad R61 review: Lenovo ThinkPad R61

The ThinkPad R61 ran for an acceptable, if not impressive, 2 hours, 8 minutes on our DVD battery drain test; we expected it to run longer since the new Centrino platform is meant in part to improve battery life. Our review unit used a six-cell battery; and the Gateway E-475M ran 29 minutes longer on a similar six-cell battery. 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, and it's 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 on-site 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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Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
872 
Lenovo ThinkPad R61
981 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad R61
261 
Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
553 

Apple iTunes encoding test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
170 
Lenovo ThinkPad R61
190 

Microsoft Office productivity test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
In seconds  
Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
936 
Lenovo ThinkPad R61
1,251 
Gateway E-475M
1,260 

DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
In minutes  
Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
216 
Lenovo ThinkPad R61
128 

System configurations:

Intel Santa Rosa whitebox
Windows Vista Ultimate; 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo T7700; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 80GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Gateway E-265M
Windows Vista Business; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300; 100GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway E-475M
Windows Vista Business; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad R61
Windows Vista Business; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad T60P
Windows Vista Business; 2.33GHz Intel Core Duo T7600; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon V5250; 100GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Lenovo ThinkPad R61

Part Number: 77331BU Released: May. 9, 2007
MSRP: $1,434.00 Low Price: $1,277.84 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May. 9, 2007
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 / 2 GHz
  • Weight 5.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - removable
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100