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Thinkpad X61 tablet -- MultiView vs. SXGA no more!

I've been window shopping tablet PCs for a few months now, with particular interest towards Lenovo Thinkpads. About a month ago, I made a brief excursion MicroCenter only to find an overpriced, underspeced Thinkpad tablet in inventory. A few weeks ago, I almost pressed the (online) trigger, but couldn't get past struggling between the MultiView vs. SXGA pardox. The MultiView option provides higher visibility during daytime -- good for computing at parks while keeping eye on kids. The SXGA, well, not sure if I can really live with only 1024x768... With the X61, Lenovo presents a new option, 12.1" MultiView WVA SXGA TFT and Intel® Core™ 2 Duo L7500 LV . Fortunately, they made me think twice by placing "Selecting this option may delay your shipment 3-4 weeks" right under it. Nice.

With employee discount + sale dejour, here's what got speced:

ThinkPad X61 Tablet Series 1 Yr Depot Warranty
  • 12.1" MultiView WVA SXGA TFT and Intel® Core™ 2 Duo L7500 LV
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business
  • 2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
  • 60GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
  • DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer, Ultrabay Slim
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
  • Integrated Wireless WAN: Verizon Sierra CDMA2000 (New)
  • ThinkPad X60 Tablet 8 Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • 7764: Express - 1 Yr Depot Warranty
  • Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 - English
  • ThinkPad X6 Tablet UltraBase
Total: $2,067.20

Not bad, considering that the overpriced underspeced non-MultiView, non-SXGA X60, non-Core 2 Duo tablet at MicroCenter was about the same price. Estimated shipment date: 8/2/2007. Uncool. A lot can happen between now and early August. Does Lenovo manufacture these AFTER they get enough orders? This is not "just-in-time", this is "NOT-in-time". Tim suspects that once the back-to-school orders start shipping (1) price will drop, and (2) availability will be immediate. Is there a Lenovo store? I say wait.

Comments (4)

Hello Tim,
Just to let you know, the "12.1" MultiView WVA SXGA TFT" is a typo. That screen is our new SuperView SXGA+ display. It does offer improved outdoor viewing compared to the previous SXGA+ screen offered on X61 Tablet, but just wanted to clarify since the name is currently a typo.

If you placed your order and it gave you the August ESD, please send me an e-mail so we can investigate that. Sorry for the confusion!
Tim Supples, Lenovo

Dennis Harrsch:

Hi Tim
quick follow up.
I ordered from Lenovo site: x61tablet multitouch 2g ram 1g turbo 100g 7200 rpm and vista ultimate
ORIGINAL order/ship 6/25 / 8/25
just got an e-mail: order 6/25 SHIPPED 6/29
will update u on preformance if interested
great site interesting threads thnx Dennis

Dennis Harrsch:

and next time i will spell check prior to post ;-)


I'm going to purchase the upgraded touch screen, integrated WAN card. but go with 512K RAM and standard disk. Cheaper on Newegg and Kingston.

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