ThinkPad X41 review: ThinkPad X41

The ThinkPad X41 tablet ships with your choice of batteries: a light four-cell battery or the heavier but more powerful eight-cell battery. In our drain tests, the eight-cell battery pack lasted a remarkable 5 hours, 25 minutes, more than twice as long as the Averatec C3500's similarly sized cell and half an hour longer than the slightly smaller battery in the HP Compaq tc4200. We feel certain that with some judicious battery management, the X41 tablet will yield a full day of stop-and-go computing.

In addition to Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, the ThinkPad X41 tablet comes with a wide assortment of programs, including trials of Alias SketchBook Pro 1.1, FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows, and utilities such as IBM Access Connections for networking and Rescue and Recovery for backing up and restoring data. The software standout, however, is InterVideo VirtualDrive, an optical disc emulator that lets you copy a full CD or DVD to the hard drive so that you don't have to carry the drive with you; the disc content actually runs faster and quieter off of the hard drive. Like most business systems, the ThinkPad X41 tablet does not include an office suite with its software bundle.

The ThinkPad X41 tablet's basic warranty includes three years of mail-in repairs, which can be upgraded to three or five years of onsite service for $119 and $449, respectively. On the downside, the battery is guaranteed for only one year. Like other business computer makers, Lenovo has a wide-ranging Web presence with troubleshooting help, setup tips, and downloads of everything you'll need, including a very informative maintenance manual. The company claims that e-mail tech-support representatives respond to your queries the next day, and the 24-hour toll-free support lines, available in 65 countries, have staff members who are fluent in a variety of languages.

Mobile application performance
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BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
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BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  

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System configurations:
Averatec C3500
Windows XP Home; Athlon XP-M 2200+1.67GHz; 512MB DDR SDRAM; ATI Radeon IGP 320M 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm

HP tc4200
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745; 512MB DDR SDRAM; Intel 915GM 128MB; Toshiba MK6026GAX 60GB 5,400rpm

ThinkPad X41 tablet
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 758; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM; Intel 915GM/GMS 96MB; Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 40GB 4,200rpm