I’m glad to say that the TrackPoint is still here and it works as brilliantly as ever. There is quite simply no better way to manipulate a pointer on a notebook than with a ThinkPad TrackPoint. Below the Spacebar there are three buttons for the TrackPoint – left and right selector buttons and a middle scroll lock button. For those of you who (mad as you must be) don’t like using a TrackPoint, there’s also a touchpad. Although some touchpads can be a nightmare to use and cause your pointer to dart all over the screen, this one is quite simply superb and makes pointer manipulation almost as simple as the TrackPoint. There are two selector buttons below the touchpad, but no scroll lock button – this is because the right side of the touchpad can be used for vertical scrolling, while the bottom will facilitate horizontal scrolling.
Finally there’s a fingerprint scanner just to the right of the touchpad. This is something that IBM introduced about a year ago on the T42 range and it gives you some added security. Many people will argue that biometric security like this is less secure than a good password, but considering that most people don’t bother to password their notebook at all, a simple finger swipe at least offers some security. You can also couple the biometric security with data encryption – basically, you can make things as easy or difficult for would be thieves as you want to. For a full rundown of how the fingerprint scanner works, check out my original review here.
Inside Lenovo has equipped the Z60t with some pretty decent components. Driving things along is an Intel Pentium M CPU running at 2GHz, but considering the high-end nature of this machine, I would have liked to have seen 1GB of RAM rather than the 512MB that was supplied. Storage is taken care of by an 80GB hard disk, spinning at 5400rpm. Graphics duty is handled by the integrated Intel chipset, so you’re not going to be playing any games on the Z60t – but then people don’t generally buy ThinkPads to play games.