The Good Light and thin design; comfortable keyboard; fingerprint reader; dedicated security hardware; includes multimedia dock; excellent battery life.
The Bad Expensive; heavier than the ThinkPad X40; pedestrian 4,200rpm hard drive.
The Bottom Line Though costly and a bit heavier than the ThinkPad X40, the ultraportable ThinkPad X41 is still a great choice for the corporate road warrior's dream machine.
Lenovo ThinkPad X41
Editors' note: Lenovo completed its purchase of IBM's PC division on April 2, 2005, so you will no longer see the familiar letters IBM in front of ThinkPad laptops--they are now known as simply ThinkPad products. Lenovo may introduce products under its name in the future. ThinkPad notebooks are being sold by the same outlets as before, and the same support staff will service both new and existing ThinkPads. (5/2/05)
The latest in a long line of ThinkPad X notebooks, the ThinkPad X41 delivers the best combination yet of performance, battery life, and features. Though it's a little heavier than the, it's still one of our favorite notebooks for business travelers, offering dependable, secure, high-performance computing in a small, elegant case. The X41's high price may cause some corporate buyers to balk, but we think it's worth it.
One of the smallest and lightest ultraportable notebooks available, the black wedge-shape ThinkPad X41 has a petite, 8.2-inch-by-10.4-inch footprint; the front edge measures a razor-sharp 0.9 inch thick, although the rear bulges to a full inch. At 3.2 pounds, it's a half pound heavier than the ThinkPad X40 and seven ounces heavier than the Dell Latitude X1. Add an extended-capacity battery, and the ThinkPad X41 grows an inch deeper and gains 0.7 pound. With its enviably small AC adapter, it has a travel weight of 3.9 pounds.
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