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In CNET Labs' productivity tests, the ThinkPad Z60m proved itself a solid, if not spectacular performer. It sped 32 percent past the Sony VAIO FS680, which carried a slower processor and memory, but it ran 16 percent behind the similarly configured Acer TravelMate 4650. In our Labs' drain tests, the Z60m's mammoth nine-cell battery clobbered both the VAIO FS series' and TravelMate 4650's smaller cells, lasting for 5 hours, 43 minutes compared to the VAIO's 2 hours, 14 minutes and the TravelMate 4650's 4 hours, 1 minute.

Lenovo provides a yearlong warranty with the ThinkPad Z60m, which is the standard among consumer laptops (though many business laptops ship with three-year terms). You can choose from several different warranty extension options; 24/7, toll-free phone support lasts for the length of your warranty. Lenovo's support Web site displays the requisite troubleshooting information yet lacks helpful elements, such as a user forum. For more detailed information about warranties and service plans, check out Computer Shopper's overview of 37 major computer vendors.

Mobile application performance
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BAPCo MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

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System configurations:
Acer TravelMate 4650
Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M-760-2GHz; 1,024MB DDR2-SDRAM PC4300 533MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Seagate ST9100822A 100GB 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m
Windows XP Pro; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1,024MB DDR2-SDRAM PC4200 533MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon x600 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB 5,400rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-FS680W
Windows XP Home; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium M 750; 1,024MB DDR PC2700 SDRAM 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 128MB; Fujitsu MHU2100AT 100GB 4,200rpm

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