Lenovo ThinkPad Z60t 2513 Review - ThinkPad Z60t Review

Interestingly, the Z60t is not Centrino branded. As such, the wireless network controller is not Intel branded, but it does offer 802.11a,b and g standards. Also interesting is the fact that this is the first notebook we’ve seen with a mini-PCI Express slot housing the wireless adapter. This could well be the reason for not using an Intel Centrino device.

There’s also integrated Bluetooth, so you can get online via your mobile phone when you can’t find a hotspot. The wired network controller supports Gigabit Ethernet, so if you have a Gigabit switch in your office, you’ll get lightning fast transfer speeds.

Despite being relatively slim, Lenovo has squeezed a lot of connectivity into the Z60t chassis. At the right you’ll find a DVD writer which will handle anything you care to throw at it – DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, CD-R and CD-RW. Also on the right are three USB 2.0 ports, a six-pin FireWire port and a Type II PC Card slot. Because there’s only room for a single PC Card slot, Lenovo has been smart by not going for an Express Card slot since there is still little support for it. It’s also good to see a spring loaded flap protecting the slot rather than a spacer, which will invariably get lost.

At the front there’s an SD card slot, an IrDA port, a headphone socket and a microphone socket. Also at the front is a feature that was sadly missing from previous ThinkPads, a hard switch for the wireless antennas.

Much of the left side is taken up by a heat exhaust port, but there’s also a D-SUB port, a modem socket and an Ethernet port. The rear is home to the extended battery, which juts out slightly. Also at the rear is the power socket and an S-Video out port.

Performance wise the Z60t gave a good account of itself. The slightly larger battery definitely delivers, helping the Z60t manage a battery rundown time of four hours and 12 minutes, while the DVD playback test lasted three hours and 17 minutes. The SYSmark 2002 score of 194 is also good and shows that you’ll be able to run pretty much any office application on this machine.

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