But it’s not just background utilities that separate ThinkPads from other notebooks, it’s also the attention to detail. Features like the small LED light built into the top of the lid are pure genius – this is ideal for anyone who has to work in a dark room since it lights up the keyboard just enough to be able to see everything you need to see. Even simple functions like switching between internal and external displays is just, well, better on a ThinkPad. Whereas most notebooks have a toggle button that switches between internal display, external display and both, a ThinkPad does things differently. Yes, there’s still a button for switching through display options, but when you press it a menu pops up with a multitude of different display configurations – then it’s just a matter of selecting the one that you want.
The high quality continues in the pointer manipulation department. I’m a big fan of TrackPoints since you don’t have to take your fingers away from the keys to use them, but I understand that many people prefer touchpads. It’s therefore good to see that the T60p has both! Although other notebooks have TrackPoints, I’ve yet to encounter any that are quite as good as those on a ThinkPad. Lenovo can even supply different types of tip for the TrackPoint – you can have a pointy tip, a concave tip, convex tip or even a flat one. Below the Spacebar are three buttons that correspond to the TrackPoint. The left and right buttons equate to the left and right buttons on a mouse, while the centre button allows you to scroll through documents and web pages using the TrackPoint.
If you do prefer touchpads, you won’t be disappointed with the example on the T60p. Despite being quite small, this touchpad is incredibly sensitive and responsive, making accurate and fast pointer manipulation a breeze. There are two selector buttons below the touchpad – there’s no centre scrolling button, but the right side of the touchpad can be used to scroll through pages.
The final feature on the inside of the machine is a fingerprint scanner located just below the cursor keys. Whether you’re a fan of biometric security or not doesn’t change the fact that some security is definitely better than none. Enrolling your fingerprints into T60p is quick and simple, then you can secure use of the notebook with your fingertip. You can also replace any passwords, both local and online, with your fingerprint.