IBM ThinkPad Z61 Notebook Review

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					The Lenovo IBM ThinkPad Z61 - we will review today,it is a thin and light
design with great performance, more connectivity and more multimedia than
other models. It has LCD widescreen and solid titanium cover and sports
Intel's Core Duo processor. Even more, the IBM ThinkPad Z61 built in web
cam, FireWire connector media card reader etc.Design and BuildThe IBM
ThinkPad Z61 is more durable compared to other models of the Z series
notebook, IBM Z61 has solid titanium cover on the outside and the inside
is made from rugged and sturdy high quality plastic. You could feel solid
when open the screen as the display was supported by two metal hinges.
The metal hinges will provide necessary strength to the laptop screen, so
you can open the laptop by both your hands, almost no wobbling when open.
So this is different from the plastic hinges commonly seen on other
laptops. In addition to the metal material of the screen, there have
shiny EVDO antenna cover which is attached to the screen. Also, the IBM
Z61 is very thin and light, features one inch thick and 4.17lbs without
drive. Although the titanium adds some style on it, IBM Z61 still
professional looking.Screen and DisplayThe IBM ThinkPad Z61 features a
14.1″ widescreen LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and
it is the 1440X900 WXGA screen with 200 nits of brightness and can starts
out at 4.5lbs. Although the IBM Z61 laptop's brightness is not very high
which compared to other models, it is enough to meet the ordinary
business and entertainment applications. It is heavier and larger than
the X60 series but lighter than the budget R models.Keyboard and
TouchpadThe IBM ThinkPad Z61 laptop's keyboard is not changed too much
from the other series IBM. I t has not slop in the keys, you can type at
high-speed as possible. There is a fly in the ointment: the keys will
make a lot of noise when operate it. It provides a protective cover for
keyboard to prevent any accidental spills. The IBM ThinkPad Z61 has a
five-button touchpad, two buttons at the lower side and three at the top,
you will easy to move across the touchpad. And there is not scrolling pad
prepare for you when you need it. The IBM ThinkPad Z61 built in the
integrated fingerprint reader which is integrated into the Trusted
Platform Module (TPM). It greatly save a lot of time and effort when
logging into Windows, that is very useful.Heat and NoiseAs we know, The
lenovo z61 has three vents to dissipate hot air, respectively on the left
side, bottom and back of the laptop. The heat will get warm under normal
use, but the temperature will become a bit strange after a long time
use.The temperature will be reach 59 degrees when docked or on power, and
the temperature will be reach 78 degrees when running benchmarks. The
microprocessor-controlled heat pipe can keep away heat from the CPU. When
the built-in 2GHZ processor, your laptop will definitely become warm
after little time of normal use,and you won't hear the noise at
all.Wireless and NetworkingThe IBM ThinkPad Z61 built in the Intel 3945
WiFi card and Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet card as the networking
purposes. And the connection is so solid and hasn't any slowness or a
disconnect, it also came with an integrated Verizon EV-DO wireless WAN
(WWAN) card option. Wireless networking on IBM ThinkPad Z61 through
802.11a/b/g. The modem port is local at the left hand side.Ports and
ConnectionsThe IBM ThinkPad Z61 reveal a full range of ports.And the
system has three USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, S-Video, VGA out, and a PC card
slot. And Fire wire, three USB ports, security lock, and PC card slot are
on the right side of laotop. 3-in-1 card reader, IR port, and a
WiFi/Bluetooth on/off switch, headphone, and microphone jack. on the
front. Then the microphone jack. Ethernet port, VGA-out port, and modem
port are on the left side. We can find that there is a integrated webcam
at the top left side of the screen. The camera remains well hidden, so
it's not easy to find. Good for video conferencing. The webcam has 30
million pixels, you can capture image and video resolution of 640 ×
480.Battery Life and SoundThe lenovo ThinkPad Z61 powered by 4 cell
battery, it can definitely offer more than three full hours if you
operate your laptop totally on the battery. The speakers on the BM
ThinkPad Z61 are designed on the sides of the keyboard. It is suitable
for the laptop, the sound emanating from them was pretty decent.ThinkPad
Z61t specs as follows:Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2,
667MHz FSB) Memory: 2GB (Up to 4 GB), 667 MHz DDR21GB RAM and
BluetoothDisplay: 14.1″ widescreen, 1440×900, WXGA+Hard drive:
100GB Hitachi Travelstar 7200RPMOptical: CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo
24X/24X/24X/8X MaxWireless: ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wi-Fi wireless LAN Mini-
PCIe, Bluetooth, Verizon WWANGraphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
950OS: Windows Vista BusinessWeight: starts at 4.5lbs when using optical
drive (4.17lbs without)10/100/1000 EthernetDimensions: 13.1 x 9.0 x
1.2″Battery: 4-cell or 7-cell (3.7hr or 6.25hr life)Built-in Camera
and microphonePros:Solid and sturdy buildGreat PerformanceExcellent
keyboardNumerous connectionsLots of Connection OptionsMinimal
BloatwareCons:Unit gets heated upSpeaker quality poorNo DVI support even
with docking stationHeat issuesScreen could have been betterExpensive

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