Lenovo Thinkpad X60 (Model: 170693M)
- Extremely portable
- Fairly hefty pricing especially with the added cost of an external optical drive.
If your business or studies require full functionality from your notebook while away from power and network connections then you can't go wrong with the X60. While it's expensive, it's still competitively priced in its class.
Price$ 3,899.00 (AUD)
Taking the concept of an ultraportable notebook to new heights, Lenovo's X60 is lightweight (1.6kg without PSU), performs well and combines exceptional battery-life with a Vodafone 3G mobile Internet connection for the best mobility we've seen in a notebook to date. Dispensing with aesthetics, Lenovo has shipped this unit with a single 8-cell battery, which is less streamlined in appearance, but which powered the unit for eight hours using MobileMark 2002's reader test (simulating minimum usage), an outstanding result. Its 12.1in screen has a maximum resolution of 1024x768 and maintains reasonable clarity and brightness from most angles.
The X60's embedded Vodafone SIM card is what really sets this notebook apart from many competing ultraportables. Unlike somewhat bulky PC cards, the embedded SIM in the X60 is tucked away behind a panel on the bottom of the unit, while an inconspicuous aerial sits flush against the screen's edge where it is barely noticeable, let alone intrusive. With a Vodafone account and the included software it's simple to get yourself online wherever there's 3G coverage. During our tests we were able to access the Internet while on the train, in the office or sitting at home. From an inner-city location in Sydney, with good signal strength, we got an average of 40KBps download speed over a period of approximately 20 minutes. Vodafone's 3G coverage also extends beyond the Oceania region to Asia, Europe, America and even Africa. Check with Vodafone for plan costs.
Other networking options in the X60 include a 56Kbps modem, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g.
Its mobility does come at a price, however. To keep the weight and size down, Lenovo has opted to exclude an optical drive. Purchasing an external DVD-RW from Lenovo will cost you around $350 on top of the already hefty price of $3899.
Despite its size, this notebook performed well in our tests. Sporting an Intel 1.8GHz Core Duo T2400 CPU and 512MB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, it got 83 in our WorldBench 5 benchmark test. An expected score of 5324 in 3DMark 2001 SE shows its Intel 945GM Express graphics chip is only capable of low-end 3-D rendering.
As a business notebook, its security features such as the fingerprint scanner and hardware-level password protection are a nice touch for anyone concerned with sensitive documents.
The magnesium-alloy chassis has the typical plain appearance of Lenovo's range, but is sturdy, light and the screen exhibits little flex for greater protection. A handy feature not seen from other vendors is a keyboard light pointing down from the top of the screen. Keys near the edge of the unit are squashed somewhat, but all other keys are comfortable to use. A track-point is employed instead of a track-pad, but it's well placed and also comfortable to use.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 5 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Razer announces new headset, keyboard and mouse
- IFA 2018: MSI expand Prestige range with new P65 Creator
- IFA 2018: ASUS launch first TUF gaming laptops
- IFA 2018: ASUS upgrade Vivo and Zenbooks
- IFA 2018: Lenovo refresh Yoga and ThinkPad lineup
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Panasonic FZ1000U OLED TV: Full, in-depth, review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies