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ThinkPad T review: ThinkPad T

Gateway 200
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 855GM Extreme Graphics (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK6022GAX 60GB 5,400rpm

IBM ThinkPad T41
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 32MB; IBM Travelstar 40GN 40GB 5,400rpm

The ThinkPad T41 series achieves impressive battery life, especially considering its high performance score. With its standard 10.8V, 4,400mAh (48WHr) battery, it lasted nearly four hours--more than long enough to best the Gateway 200, whose weaker 11.1V, 2,200mAh (24WHr) battery didnÂ't last even two hours. However, the ThinkPad met its match in Dell's Latitude D600, which sports a similar 11.1V, 4,320mAh (48WHr) battery. The Latitude D600 lasted 11 minutes longer than the ThinkPad T41 series; however, the T41 would undoubtedly reverse that result using its larger, optional battery. Regardless, the ThinkPad T41 series gives you plenty enough time to finish up your office and content-creation work on long plane rides.

Battery life
Dell Latitude D600
242
IBM ThinkPad T41
231
Gateway 200
111

To measure mobile application performance and battery life, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's MobileMark 2002. MobileMark measures both application performance and battery life concurrently using a number of popular applications (Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 8.0, McAfee VirusScan 5.13, Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1, and Macromedia Flash 5.0).

Battery life analysis written by CNET Labs assistant lab manager Eric Franklin.

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System configurations:

Dell Latitude D600
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 32MB; IBM Travelstar 40GNX 40GB 5,400rpm

Gateway 200
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Intel 855GM Extreme Graphics (up to 64MB); Toshiba MK6022GAX 60GB 5,400rpm

IBM ThinkPad T41
Windows XP Pro; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 32MB; IBM Travelstar 40GN 40GB 5,400rpm

The ThinkPad T41 series comes with an exceptional three-year standard warranty and a targeted, superquick, 12-hour turnaround time on depot repairs. Toll-free phone support is free during the warranty period, and technicians are available 24/7. Paper documentation includes a terse but informative setup sheet and a thick and informative service-and-troubleshooting guide that could use a few more pictures. The support Web site offers a wealth of information, including e-mail to tech support, FAQs, and driver downloads.

To find out more about how this product's warranty really stacks up and what you should look for in terms of service and support, take a look at CNET's hardware warranty explainer.

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