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Review: ThinkPad T60p

Laptops increasingly seem to be divided into two camps. One is the ultra-portables — you can carry these light-weight wonders all day, but they lack the power, input and display capabilities to actually be useful for more than short periods. In the other camp are the powerful desktop replacements — they have large displays and keyboards and processing power, but they can cause physical injury to those who run with them through airport terminals.

Lenovo's new ThinkPad T60p is a very successful — if pricey — attempt to bridge that gap. This laptop, descended from Lenovo's T43 line, has desktop power; a very usable keyboard; good input capabilities; a bright, powerful 15-inch display; and is highly connective. Yet at less than six pounds, it's an amiable travel companion.

With the T60p Lenovo continues the Thinkpad tradition of delivering desktop power to road warriors. This new Thinkpad comes with a dual-core processor, the 2.16 GHz Intel Centrino Duo, and optional built-in wide area networking via Verizon's 3G EV-DO cellular data network.

It's also one of the first laptops with both dual-core processing technology and built-in wide area networking via Verizon's 3G EV-DO cellular data network. Those capabilities, along with Lenovo's long-standing security, usability and enterprise management features, make this a highly appealing option for road warriors and a viable desktop replacement for many users.

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