Friday, December 16, 2005
First dislike of the Thinkpad tablet pc
There is a latch at the top of the screen that you have to push through to close the laptop screen or push in the opposite direction to close in tablet mode.
I can already tell that the latch is going to be highly susceptible to breakage, plus it just creates an extra step when opening the screen and going to tablet mode, and it makes this loud clicking noise when you push / pull it. I wish it were a magnetic latch that just stay out of the way until needed and were a quiet solution. So much for transparent computing.
Keyboard niggles aside, the X41 is also sluggish even with a gig of memory.
On the plus side, it is certainly light and the built-in SD card reader is a nice touch, but the bang-for-buck ratio is just way off on this thing. I'd sooner recommend a Motion Computing slate.
I really like the keyboard, myself. It's actually laid out like every other Thinkpad keyboard I've ever owned. Thinkpads have never had a Windows key, but most do come with a keyboard mapping utility that allows you to map the Windows key to something else (left-Alt, in my case).
TrackPoints/Pads are such a matter of personal preference. They feel very natural to me, buy YMMV.
We can all agree that it's sluggish though. I have 1.5G in mine with paging turned off and it still churns away sometimes. I guess we're all hoping that a faster harddives comesa long in the 1.8" form factor.
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