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Lenovo IBM ThinkPad T60p - IBM ThinkPad T60p
When it comes to performance the T60p doesn't disappoint, although it is still slightly slower than the Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi that I tested back in January. That said, the Acer had 2GB of RAM and I'm pretty sure that if Lenovo had fitted 2GB of memory to this T60p it would have got the better of the Acer. Still, an overall SYSmark 2002 score of 337 is nothing to be sniffed at, while the PCMark score of 4282 is equally impressive.
Where the T60p does leave the Acer for dead though is battery life. Running Mobile Mark 2005, the T60p managed an impressive five hours 20 minutes of battery life, compared to three hours 41 minutes on the Acer. DVD playback was also good with a time of four hours 20 minutes - enough time to watch a Lord of the Rings special edition if you wished.
Just like pretty much every high-end ThinkPad that I've looked at, I love the T60p. This machine just oozes quality from every pore, and if you have to do a lot of typing like I do, you will just fall in love with this keyboard. Unfortunately all that quality comes at a price, and this T60p will set you back a substantial £2,349.98 including VAT. Of course you have to remember that this isn't just a notebook, it's a mobile workstation and is therefore certified for some of the most expensive software packages known to man, and if you need to run that kind of software, the cost of this notebook will be minimal in the great scheme of things.
It's great to see that Lenovo is still building ThinkPads the way that IBM used to. The T60p is a truly excellent mobile computer, with the credentials to do what even most high-end desktops aren't capable of. The price is very high, but if you really need to run 3D modelling or CAD software on the move, you'd be hard pushed to find a better designed, configured and built mobile solution than this.
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