IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size
The new X41 Tablet...

The top portion of the X41 Tablet is cased in a magnesium composite, while the bottom is cased in titanium reinforced carbon fiber. Compared to the R52, this is going to be more shock and damage resistant, due to the stronger material used in its manufacture. As a by product of using carbon fiber, the bottom of the notebook should be less thermally conductive. The top of the notebook has a finer grain texture compared to the R52, but you can defiantly tell it is made of sturdier material, which means that it will be more able to shrug off minor scratches over time. As is the case with any notebook, major scratches will be harder to hide (i.e. the slip of a screwdriver).

Opening the notebook is as simple as sliding a single security clip to the right, which disengages the single hook holding the lid down.

The layout of the ports is unique compared to the T and R series, as there is less design space available.

Front (left to right):

Left (left to right):

  • power port
  • VGA-out port
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (lower is powered USB 2.0 port)
  • Exhaust vent
  • Tablet PC pen (push to release, push to lock)

Back (left to right):

Right (left to right):

  • 1 x PCMCIA (Type I/II)
  • microphone (denoted by slot)
  • microphone port
  • headphone port
  • SD card reader
  • IR window
  • 1 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • Ethernet jack
  • modem jack
  • lock jack


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