Jupiter Research Michael Gartenberg just announced his recent decision to name the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC “Laptop of the Year”:
It’s the first Tablet PC I’ve used where there is no penalty at all for the Tablet OS feature. It just works as a great notebook and when you need it in Tablet mode (like in that middle seat in coach on the way to CES) it’s just there for you. Still no integrated drive and the screen is still XGA. But if you need more, you might want to look at the Z60t. Take the great IBM keyboard, add in a nice DVD burner and a 15“ screen. Toss in a Pentium M and a gig of memory and a 100gb HD and you’re talking about a first class system that will keep up with most desktops. The best part is that it’s still only 5.5lbs so it’s still truly portable.
I recently bought an X41 to replace my Toshiba Portege 3500, threw in an additional 1GB, a docking station and a extended battery (all accessories are listed there) and I must admit that this is an excellent laptop. Almost 6 hours of autonomy with the extended battery (after tweaking the settings to save power), a *GREAT* keyboard, a quality screen, light, small, etc. A great buy!