Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lenovo ThinkPad R61 & Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad R61

This notebook is my first notebook and will be used mostly for university studies, casual gaming, office work, web surfing and some mathematics programming. I was not looking for a gaming notebook so I chose the Intel X3100 graphics card as it provides more than enough power to satisfy Vista’s graphics requirements. Furthermore, the integrated graphics allows the notebook to remain much cooler than my friend’s T60p (ATI FireGL 5200) and last much longer on laptop battery despite its mere 4-cell lenovo laptop battery (compared to the T60p’s 9-cell).

I considered the Dell Inspiron 6400 (dell inspiron 6400 battery), HP Pavilion dv6500t, Thinkpad T60 and of course the popular ThinkPad T61 (lenovo thinkpad t61 battery) before purchasing this notebook. After researching each candidate, I ruled out the Inspiron 6400, Pavilion dv6500t and was left with three Thinkpad choices.

I heard great things about the Thinkpad lines, mostly their reputation as rugged companions with reliable performance. The T60 and T61 proved to be similar in price. Actually, the T61 was cheaper (with comparable specifications) in Canada compared to the T60. However, further comparison of the T61 and R61 showed the T61 (t61 battery) had little to offer me over the R61. The price difference was $200 CAD before tax and I figured that the extra 0.2 lb of weight and 0.2 inches thickness was well worth saving the money for upgrades and accessories.

Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Battery
The 4-cell thinkpad r61 battery lasts about three and a half hours from a full charge down to 5% with lowest screen brightness and minimal use (office work and internet, therefore wireless on). Watching a DVD drained the lenovo battery in around two hours. The times seem respectable since it is only the 4-cell lenovo r61 battery. Therefore, I considered the possibility of purchasing another 7-cell lenovo thinkpad r61 battery to use in conjunction with the 4-cell. This combination should last the whole day when needed for a day of lectures or certain events.

Lenovo ThinkPad T61 Battery
Lenovo ThinkPad T61p Battery
Lenovo ThinkPad R61 Battery
Lenovo ThinkPad R61i Battery

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