IBM’s newest notebook: ThinkPad X40

I’ve always been a fan of IBM notebook computers. For desktops, I really have no preference, between a Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard or, IBM computer (no Compaq thank you). However for notebooks I’d really want an IBM (which I do have – an older one) over other brands.
Of Feb 24, IBM will start selling its newest wonder, the ThinkPad X40.
What’s remarkable about the X40 is that it’s only 2.7 pounds. I asked, Jeff Samitt, World Wide ThinkPad x series manager, if IBM compromised on the keyboard. He explained that IBM’s keyboard is a full size keyboard – which is welcome news. I’ve used many notebook keyboards over the years and the smaller the notebook gets often times the keyboards get tinier and tiner.
For those who peck and do not touch type this might not matter as much, as to us who touch type and like to have our fingers flying over the keyboard.
If you thought IBM’s x31 was small you’ll find that the X40 is 25% lighter and 20% smaller.
IBM now uses an SD (Secure Disk) port instead of a Compact Flash one.
Speaking directly to small-medium sized business ownes, Jeff explained that with the new X40 (I’d guess as with other IBM notebooks also) one can have the best of both worlds: A very small and light-weight notebook and also a full fledged machine, especially when adding the media slice for using optical media and other accessories.
IBM’s standard battery lasts about 3.5 hours, but there’s also a long life batter available wich lasts 7.5 hours.
Another thing I like about IBM notebooks is their durability. Jeff said that while some competitors drop durability features, IBM’s x40 retains its durability. For example, metal hinges, and Titanium composite casing is starndard on the X series.
IBM is also launching Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, a completely new set of tools contained in an embedded,
emergency operating system. They provide one-button relief from a broad range of common PC problems, including viruses, missing system files, and corrupted software drivers.
Because many of IBM’s new recovery tools exist outside the PC’s main operating system, business travelers who
are away from office technical support have new options for solving PC problems — regardless of whether Windows will start. Commonly described by IBM as a “lifeboat” solution, this tool helps reduce IT support costs by enabling user self-recovery and reducing the need for help-desk calls and desk-side visits.
The ThinkPad X40 also includes innovative new features such as a powered USB 2.0 port, which supports external optical drives without a separate AC adapter, and a new Secure Digital port. The ThinkPad X40 can work with the new optional X4 UltraBase Dock, providing additional expansion options for mobile workers at a combined weight of only 4 pounds. By redesigning the X4 UltraBase Dock for increased functionality, IBM provides the flexibility of converting the X40 into a two-spindle solution that supports UltraBay Slim devices such as additional batteries, added media options, and increased storage capacity. The X4 UltraBase Dock also includes a USB 2.0 hub, power-on button and keylock for added security. The ThinkPad X40 also features a simplified case design allowing for faster and easier service of memory and communications options.
Additionally, the X40 has been designed for greater durability for business travelers, by including IBM’s patent-pending hard drive protection technology to help protect people’s data. The IBM Active Protection System, similar to the technology used in automobiles to deploy airbags, uses a microchip on the system board to detect system acceleration (such as in a fall) and responds by temporarily parking the drive’s read/write head. This rapid response can help prevent some hard drive crashes that occur in some falls, helping to prevent total data loss and ultimately reduce downtime and
warranty costs.