The IBM ThinkPad T series of notebooks are thin and light without sacrificing typing comfort, a big screen, or important connections. The T41 has a slim black case and weighs just over 5 pounds, including a removable optical drive and a 14.1-inch screen. In addition, the T41 has dual pointing devices and IBM’s ThinkLight, an LED that shines a pale light on the keyboard for typing in the dark.
The T41 features IBM’s new Hard Drive Active Protection System, the industry’s first automatic hard-drive protection utility. A microchip on the motherboard detects physical acceleration–such as when the notebook falls–and in response the system temporarily parks the hard drive’s read/write head until stability returns.