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Despite its slim build, the chassis of the T41p is well featured. At the left you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, an S-Video port, a 56k modem socket and headphone and mic ports. You’ll also find port for the Ethernet adapter, but it’s not one of the usual 10/100Mbit/sec models seen on other notebooks. No, that wouldn’t be good enough for IBM. Instead you get a Gigabit Ethernet adapter capable of 1,000Mbit/sec assuming you connect it up to a Gigabit LAN. But since the majority of IBM’s customers are corporate, the chances are that a Gigabit LAN will be available.


To the right is the DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive as well as a D-SUB port in case you want to use an external monitor. Finally at the rear is a parallel port and the power socket.


The T41p ships with an extended battery as standard and the results are very impressive. Running MobileMark 2002 the T41p turned in a battery life time of five hours 52 minutes. With this in mind you can get a good day’s work out of the T41p without the need to seek out a power socket every couple of hours. The extended battery does protrude slightly from the rear of the chassis, but this is a small price to pay for almost six hours of usage out in the field. The performance score under MobileMark was quite low, but again, when away from a power socket, the amount of battery life is far more important to me than raw performance.


When connected to a power socket the performance is stunning, with the T41p managing a SYSmark 2002 score of 174, making it the fastest Pentium M based notebook ever to grace TrustedReviews. Of course the superb 3D scores and the incredible battery life just make the performance story even stronger. All in all you’re not going to find a slim line notebook with better performance than this one.


So, it would seem that there is absolutely no down side to the ThinkPad T41p. Well, that’s not quite true, because all this cutting edge technology, great build quality and superb performance comes at a price and a very hefty one at that. With a street price of £3,227.38 inc VAT, the T41p is one of the most expensive notebooks out there.


However, the question is whether the T41p is worth the money. Well it’s not too difficult to see where the money is going. You’ve got cutting edge graphics, leading edge wireless networking, a great chassis, excellent input devices and a superb screen. I have to say that if money was no object and I had my choice of notebook computers, the T41p would be at the very top of my list. Ultimately though, if you don’t need all the features that the T41p has, you can save a lot of money by looking elsewhere. But if you absolutely must have the best, no matter what the cost, this is it.


Verdict


IBM has produced a truly stunning notebook computer made up of the best mobile components available. Yes it’s ludicrously expensive, but that doesn’t stop it being a superb mobile workstation, and definitely doesn’t stop me wanting one.

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