Ok so were in Month
2 now of the Lenovo Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC trial and I thought Id get you up
to speed about how its going.
Personally, when they first came out, I thought of Tablet PCs as being
nothing but big gimmicks. I wasnt convinced by what I read about them that
they were usable, let alone worth the extra money youd spend for one over a
standard laptop. I cant really say that any more.
With the reversible
lid, going between the pen and the keyboard is a snap. You dont even
rotate the on-screen image. As soon as you flip it around, the screen
automatically from landscape to portrait and back again. The
recognition is amazing. Sometimes, it even reads my writing when I
cant. The portrait view on the Thinkpad makes
viewing Web pages , Word documents and everything a
I initially had some
speed problems with the unit. Its still sluggish at times, but most of that I
attribute to the Norton Anti-virus that came with the unit. It seems like
Norton slows down every machine Ive ever used, but its better than no virus
protection at all.
I use FireFox as my main Web browser, and was
surprised to discover that the Tablet Input Panel – the little
pop-up that appears to allow you to handwrite data rather
than type it in – didn’t work properly.
Sometimes when you went to enter data into a field, it would pop-up,
other times it wouldn’t. This wasnt’t a problem with the
ThinkPad at all though. It’s a known issue of Firefox in a Tablet
PC environment. Doing a little bit of digging, I
finally found a solution.
The Lenovo has now become
my standard portable. I had a trusty HP Omnibook, but thats now gathering dust
well until I have to return the ThinkPad that is. Ill keep you up to date on