IBM's X40--The Perfect Combination
The X40 is the perfect notebook for someone looking for the combination of ease in portability and long battery life. It is about the size of a standard sheet of paper and incredibly lightweight (just over 3 lbs with the 8 cell lion battery and 4+ lbs with the Ultrabase) making this notebook one that you can really just pick up and go with. Prior to owning this X40, I had a Toshiba and HP-both P4 3 GHz so I was concerned that I would be disappointed with the Centrino 1.2 GHz processor speed--but that's not the case. After using my X40 for just over a month now, I notice that the X40 takes slightly longer to turn on and boot up, but little to no difference when working with standard Microsoft applications. I increased the memory adding an additional 512 to total 1 gig. The 40 gig hard drive had only 27+ gig left when the computer arrived due to the pre-installed software so I'm Very glad that I didn't go with the smaller 20 gig hard drive. The X40 runs much cooler than my other notebooks and virtually silent--a sharp contrast to my HP. The little red joystick (trackpoint) was new to me--and at first it was a challenge to move the cursor with precision, but after a couple hours, it became second nature. For all day use, I did get a Bluetooth mouse which allowed a wireless and dongle-less connection with the X40's built-in Bluetooth feature. The keyboard is silent with keys intuitively placed. The trackpad buttons simulate left and right mouse buttons with the center blue button being the scroll bar. Built-in back and forward window keys are also well placed to reduce hand movement. The thinklight eliminates the need for an external USB light and I found it to be the perfect keyboard lighting while on a night flight without using overhead lighting. The display is sharp and the screen is sturdy with hinges at both ends. The CD/DVD player is easily removed from the Ultrabase and replaced with an optional second battery to give an extra 2 hours away from the power adapter. The X40 lacks a Fire-wire connection, but I haven't ever needed one, so that isn't a big negative in my opinion. All in all, I've found the X40 to be big on useful features, small in size, and competitively priced.
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