Toy Box: It runs and runs, but lacks sexiness

IBM's new laptop - sorry, ThinkPad - the X30, weighs in at a reasonable 1.6kg but has a battery life of eight hours once you add in the second (weight-adding) battery.

IBM’s new laptop — sorry, ThinkPad — the X30, weighs in at a reasonable 1.6kg but has a battery life of eight hours once you add in the second (weight-adding) battery.

Most mobile users plug in the moment they arrive at the office, so it’s probably not going to make a huge deal of difference to their daily life. For remote workers out on the road or those poor execs stuck on a jet for 10 hours straight, having a laptop that can go the distance will make all the difference.

Some of the X30 family ship with a Bluetooth chip and Wi-Fi card (802.11b standard, so watch the encryption), which should help convince the accountants when you need an always-available upgrade. The rest of the specs are the usual mix of large screen, fast chip and foolishly large hard drive that really don’t need detailing here.

The second battery snaps on to the bottom of the ThinkPad as a slice rather than being an internal block, which is cool, and the multimedia slice adds in CD or DVD capability.

IBM’s always stuck with the “black is back” approach, but the X30 does appear a tad tired if you ask me — it looks like my grandmother’s laptop. A design refresh wouldn’t go amiss.

Pricing starts from $5534 including GST and they should become available this month.

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