Graphics Card: ATI FireGL V5250 with 512MB onboard RAM
Hard Disk: Hitachi 180GB @ 5400 RPM
Display: ThinkPad Display 1680x1050
Price: I paid $2300 a year ago with a university discount
First Impressions: This laptop is sleek. The classic ThinkPad matte black looks excellent on this large (15.4 inches diagonally) but well-proportioned laptop. The screen is bright for its size, and the 1680x1050 resolution makes everything look great. It's relatively heavy at 6.2 lbs, so it's not a good choice for those on the go.
Performance: The T60p with this configuration runs extremely well. For everything from having multiple Microsoft Office applications open at once to 3D-intensive games to editing high definition video, the T60p doesn't miss a beat. This configuration can handle any workload and make it look easy, making it a good choice as a desktop replacement.
Software: This T60p came with Windows XP Professional, and includes Lenovo's ThinkVantage software. This program is very useful, as it puts many hardware tasks into one location. For example, through ThinkVantage you can defragment the hard drive, manage the power usage settings, and use a Rescue and Recovery utility in addition to many other functions. It works well, although I have had a few issues with it consuming more CPU power than I'd like.
Hardware: The T60p has a superb full sized keyboard and it's one of the most comfortable that I have ever used. The touchpad is quite good, it is sensitive and responds quickly. However, I prefer using a wireless laptop mouse, which integrates perfectly and allows you to use of the touchpad while connected. This configuration came with a microphone built into it, located near the bottom left of the keyboard. It works very well for voice over IP applications. Also included is a fingerprint scanner for added security, which works effortlessly (after getting accustomed to the swipe motion).
Connectivity: The T60p has a great network card; it connects quickly and setup was a breeze. Often, it connects to the local wireless network before I log on. My model also has a Bluetooth connection, which could be useful to someone with the appropriate gadgets, but I have not used it.Battery life: The battery is large (it sticks out the back by about an inch or so) but the high power consumption even on low settings means that it only lasts for about three and a half hours. This is yet another reason that the T60p is less suited for people who spend a lot of time away from an outlet. However, it charges in less time than it discharges, even when in use.
Final thoughts: The ThinkPad T60p is a great laptop, and I have had very few problems with it even after a year of near-constant use. It perfectly plays the role of desktop-replacement, but it's size, weight, and limited battery life restrict mobility. Also, since it is available only in classic ThinkPad black, some may dislike the lack of individuality. If you are in the market for a powerful, top-quality, well-rounded notebook and can afford to spend a few thousand dollars, the T60p is definitely worth a look.