IBM ThinkPad T41p - IBM ThinkPad T41p



View All

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.


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.


More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’


Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors


Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer


These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3


Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones


It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites


New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money