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Lenovo X60 Tablet
Lenovo readies its "Santa Rosa" follow-up to the X60 and X60 Tablet

Lenovo rolled out its ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC back in November to complement its existing ThinkPad X60 notebook. The 3.8 pound, Core 2 Duo-based Tablet PC comes with a 12.1" screen which can be had in resolutions of XGA (1024x768) or SXGA+ (1400x1050).

Now that Intel's Santa Rosa platform has been officially announced, Lenovo has begun to slowly transition its product lines to the latest technology. The company has already made the T60 to T61 transition as well as the R60 to R61 switch. Next is the Santa Rosa follow-up to the X60 and X60 Tablet.

The X61 and X61 Tablet PC retain the same chassis as their X60 and X60 Tablet PC predecessors along with the XGA and SXGA+ screen resolutions. The switch to Santa Rosa brings 800MHz FSB Core 2 Duo processors, the Intel GM965 Express Chipset, GMA X3100 integrated graphics chipset and Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN network adapter.

According to Notebook Review, the X61 will also have the option of up to 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory. Although Intel has been touting Turbo Memory as being beneficial to notebook performance, recent testing has shown that performance is mixed.

Expect pricing to stay close to the current X60 and X60 Tablet PCs which start at $1,251.75 and $1,495.50 respectively. The new notebooks will be available in June.

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RE: 1990 Resolution
By TomZ on 5/17/2007 8:37:17 AM , Rating: 1
No, that's wrong - higher resolution - especially higher DPI - is always better. You'll see that in the future with higher resolution displays on computers, and you're already seeing it in some consumer electronics, e.g., Apple iPhone.

Higher DPI gives you better graphical experience from both an aesthetic perspective and a functional one. Aesthetics are improved because obviously more detail can be drawn. Functionality is also improved because it allows you to show more of a document, more of your spreadsheet, more of your code editor, more of your desktop, etc. As long as you have high DPI, you can use smaller text sizes and have it still readable (assuming you have good vision of course).

I run dual 2048x1536 20" monitors on my main computer, which gives me lots of desktop screen real estate. In my experience, more screen real estate gives a positive productivity boost.

I do agree, however, that you can't get too carried away with resolution away on a 12" screen. But people thinking about things the way I do would never consider such a small screen, except maybe just as an e-mail only ultra-portable.

RE: 1990 Resolution
By TomZ on 5/17/2007 9:09:20 AM , Rating: 2
sorry, I meant " can get too carried away with resolution on a 12" screen..."

RE: 1990 Resolution
By Masterrer on 5/17/2007 9:09:40 AM , Rating: 2
I do agree, however, that you can't get too carried away with resolution away on a 12" screen. But people thinking about things the way I do would never consider such a small screen, except maybe just as an e-mail only ultra-portable.

Well I don't think that the engineers intended this Tablet PC for professional work, it was designed with mobility and usability in mind, and I don't think it was intended for designers/artist as a desktop replacement...
What I do think, is that such a tablet is good what it's designed for, it allows one to stay mobile (check e-mail, surf the web, basic edit of documents be it some php code or an annual report)
Now if only someone would make a similar device for around 800$… wishful thinking

RE: 1990 Resolution
By TomZ on 5/17/2007 10:51:43 AM , Rating: 1
I certainly understand that, but the reason for my criticism is that it seems like nearly all laptops have low-resolution displays. I would have hoped that high-res displays would have become mainstream more quickly than they have. Obvioulsly the cost is related to the volume, and since most people are choosing low-res displays, it doesn't help.

RE: 1990 Resolution
By tekzor on 5/17/2007 1:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
yes it is designed for the professional
Why would you use it to check email when a PDA already does that? Obviosuly the low resolution is perfect for office tasks. This ISNT a UMPC!
The point of the form factor and tablet ability IS to bring it out with you into the world for business use wether inside or out.
What you expect to do on it? Play games?

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