Sunday, 20 November 2005

A couple months ago I took early delivery of a ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC, and I like it a lot. There are a few things I'd improve (like maybe offer a faster proc and faster hard drive spin speed as an option, and possibly higher resolution video), but overall it's great.

But I ran into my first problem last week. The "push-through" latch - which sticks out of the machine's screen either on the screen surface side or the top surface side, depending on whether you've rotated into slate mode - broke and fell out. So not I have a Tablet without a latch. Luckily, the lid tends to close shut. he only real problem is it also tends to rotate if you push on it the wrong way.

Looking at the base side of the latching mechanism, it appears something in there broke. Not good. And the thing, is, all I've done with it is open and close it normally... No torture, drops, hard landings, hard closings or anything.

Bummer. Seems like the convertible Tablet PC latch market needs a better design. Someone out there should design the perfect latch, patent their Really Good Idea and run with it.

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Sunday, 20 November 2005 08:33:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, 21 November 2005 05:05:42 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I would have expected more from ThinkPads!
This issue has been the bane of many an Acer user for years (I'm currently waiting for my third latch to be delivered for my C111TCi).

At least it's still under warranty.
Monday, 21 November 2005 06:07:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg - you're right - this is not the sort of QC issue I'd expect from a Thinkpad. One of the things I really like about the new Gateway convertible notebook (as they refer to it) is that it use a non-machanical magnetic latching system for the display in eith the closed or Tablet slate orientation.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 20:58:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I bought this tablet pc 4 months ago and I've already had the latch break twice. And without any rough handling. Very disappointed in this feature.
Shil Sengupta
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