Unlike the majority of notebooks these days, the screen on the T60p maintains a 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than a widescreen one. The 14.1in screen has a reasonably generous native resolution of 1,400 x 1,050, although if that isn’t high enough for you there is a version with a 1,600 x 1,200 resolution display. I was a bit worried about the quality of the screen in the T60p, since the screen in the Z60t was quite disappointing. Thankfully though, the T60p doesn’t suffer from the very dull image that plagued the Z60p, instead you’re treated to a very bright and vibrant display with superbly even lighting. I guess it should come as no surprise that the screen is first class since Lenovo is aiming this notebook at the mobile graphics professional.
Connectivity wise the T60p has almost all the bases covered. There’s an Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG card that supports 802.11a, b and g, while the integrated Bluetooth adapter will get you hooked up to your mobile phone or even a suitably equipped digital camera. The T60p even has a high-speed IrDA port, in case you’re still using infrared. The reason that I said it had almost all the bases covered is that there’s no integrated 3G data module, although Lenovo has told me that there will be T60 models with this feature.
There’s a host of features stuffed into the chassis too. On the right you’ll find a DVD writer that will happily burn DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW discs. There are also two USB 2.0 ports next to the optical drive. At the front there’s a hardware switch for the wireless antennae and the IrDA port.
The left side is well stacked, with both a Type II PC Card slot and an Express Card slot in evidence. There’s another USB 2.0 port, along with microphone and headphone sockets. You’ll also find a network port for the integrated Gigabit Ethernet adapter, a modem socket and a D-Sub port for hooking the T60p up to an external monitor.
The rear is spartan apart from the power socket and the protruding battery. This came as something of a surprise since I’m used to seeing a parallel port on high-end ThinkPads, but it seems that Lenovo has finally put that legacy connector to bed.