Thinkpad Tablet: Arrival and First Thoughts

This is the fifth part of my Thinkpad Tablet PC adventure. Part 1 is here, part 2 is here, part 3 is here and part 4 is here.

After a ball of confusion courtesy of Lonovo’s wildly unreliable order status page, my Thinkpad tablet PC arrived on Tuesday. The second battery arrived the next day.

Here are my initial impressions.

It is very light- which will be a good thing when travelling. It is even lighter than the Fujitsu I was using- and it has a lot more features, most importantly a keyboard.

Set up was simple. I added the security key to my wireless network and the computer connected right away. I updated Windows and Norton Antivirus, installed Office 2003, updated it, and imported my RSS feeds and bookmarks. In less than 2 hours (most of which was download and install time), I was up, completely updated and running.

A very nice touch is that the battery comes charged, so you can get started right away.

The screen is bright and clear, the trackpoint is firm and easy to use (I like it a lot better than a touchpad) and the keyboard is excellent as you would expect from a Thinkpad.

The conversion to and from laptop to tablet is easy and the connection between the computer and the monitor is very firm and sturdy.

It is easy to hold in your lap and use, whether in laptop or tablet mode.

This computer is going to be fun and easy to use when I travel. So far I am completely pleased.

I’ll post at least one more review after I take it on the road, but so far I give it high marks.

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