The Good High-end components for serious business; internal roll cage protects LCD; 802.11n Wi-Fi for faster wireless throughput.
The Bad Baseline warranty lasts only one year.
The Bottom Line For business users whose work involves intense data manipulation or high-end graphics, the ThinkPad T61p laptop delivers powerful performance in a portable form.
|Lenovo ThinkPad T61p||Apple MacBook Air||Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)|
|Price||$2,299 MSRP||$2,299 MSRP||$1,250 Dell, Inc.||$2,249 Amazon.com||$1,500 Amazon.com|
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p
Two months after we reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the company released the ThinkPad T61p, a mobile workstation that features a faster processor, higher-end discrete graphics, and a sharper-resolution display for business users who want a laptop that can handle data- or graphics-intensive applications. The higher-end components proved capable of heavy lifting on our performance benchmark tests, without negatively affecting battery life. Extra muscle aside, the ThinkPad T61p shares all the features found across the ThinkPad line: a sturdy (if boxy) case, an excellent keyboard, and the helpful ThinkVantage suite of support and configuration tools. The ThinkPad T61p isn't for everyone--in fact, many users' needs can be met with less-expensive systems--but video and graphics professionals and other power users will find what they need within the ThinkPad T61p's slender, portable case.
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