What is most interesting: Like its predecessor, R32, ThinkPad R40 animal so many features into a lightweight unit that is you never know to be a bargain-line notebook. The modular bay and user-friendly keyboard are just the beginning: 6.3 pounds (not including adapter) R40 is the first of two spindles ThinkPad can request a 15-inch screen and dual pointing devices (previously available only with the ThinkPad T Series). It is also the first of any IBM Thinkpads have USB ports to 2.0 (two of them), and the first with an antenna support both Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking and the faster 802.11a standard . (Our test machine is not fully ready for wireless - as well as some configurations, lacks the necessary wireless mini-PCI card, which costs about $ 50 for Wi-Fi. 11a/11b And the card that makes full use of dual antennas was not available in time for the review.)
The R40 battery make three interchangeable caps for Eraserhead pointing device, including new Soft Rim and Soft Dome. We have not received the Soft Rim, but the Soft Dome installed in our unit is bigger, softer, and much easier to use for the control of the cursor to the old, stiff heart Classic.
The line I maintained improvements in battery life. Our test machine lasted 3.3 hours on one charge, about 25 minutes longer than the 1.8 GHz Pentium 4-M-equipped R32 we tested in December. You can stretch the battery life even more by changing the scrapbook of the optical drive (a combination of the DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive at this price) for an additional cost second battery. (Bay Other options include a second hard drive and a Zip drive 250.)
Above all that, the R40 - with a 2.2-GHz Pentium 4 CPU - is zippy, too. Your PC WorldBench 4 Result of 107 slightly tops the 104 average 2.4-GHz Pentium 4 notebooks.
WHAT DOES NOT: The R40 of the printed documentation is limited to a thin manual troubleshooting. A floppy drive extra costs, IBM and free technical support expires after one year. The touchpad on our review unit was slow, taking several seconds to respond to taps even at its most sensitive setting.
What else: Unlike the products in most lines of value, that adhere to the basic concepts, the R40 leaves little to be desired in a notebook. It is designed for easy connectivity and updates, with the most common connections and a TV-out and FireWire port. The hard drive behind the audio ports, but can be removed easily after removing a screw from the bottom of the laptop. Both sets of mouse buttons deeply depressed, offering much better than the comments someros, rigidity of the buttons are in most other notebooks. Our model also comes with IBM's cool spacebar magnifying glass: When used in combination with the function key, the spacebar maximizes the active window to fill the screen. The R40 has no property IBM USB 1.1 Ultraportable the upper edge of the screen, but that omission is not much of a disadvantage because the port accepts only a handful of devices from IBM, as a basic digital camera.
The R40 has the ThinkLight, a small LED that illuminates the keyboard in a little dark rooms. The notebook speaker are not incorporated quality Boombox, but will do for users focused on work, as well as CD-unfussy music listeners. Like the rest of the new IBM ThinkPad (ibm laptop battery)models, the R40 uses an updated version docking station and port replicator that has USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and other new features. Thinkpads age can use the new expansion devices, but the new Thinkpads can not use the old ones.
While there is not much printed material documenting the notebook, IBM's on-screen manual is second to none, step by step guide animation through many operations, such as improving the hard drive. IBM has renewed the support interface once again, this time into five sections, but find out where to find information is quite easy.
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Result: Despite dollars in 2149 remains a substantial price, this ThinkPad dishes excellent value for money.