IBM Thinkpad R40

IBM ThinkPad R40 15-inch Laptop PC

IBM has long been out of the personal computer business after selling the PC division to Lenovo. As such, the ThinkPad R40 is no longer produced or available to consumers. If you are interested in a 15-inch laptop computer systems, I suggest that you check out my Best 14 to 16-inch Laptops for a list of currently available systems that I think are worth of consideration. This review is still available for reserach purposes for those that might be looking into an older used system.

The Bottom Line

Nov 12 2003 - Those looking for a highly reliable thin and light system with a good mix of performance and don't need much in terms of graphics will be well suited with the IBM ThinkPad R40.


  • Good Pricing
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Very Sturdy Design


  • Dated Graphics Processor


  • Intel Pentium 4 M 1.3 GHz Mobile Processor
  • 256 MB PC2100 DDR Memory (2 GB Maximum)
  • 40GB Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-RW Combo Optical Drive
  • 15-inch XGA LCD and ATI Radeon Mobility M7 Graphics with 32MB
  • SoundMAX AC'97 Audio
  • v.92 56kbps Modem and 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • 802.11b Wireless
  • Two USB 2.0 Ports, One FireWire Port and One Type III PC Card Slot
  • 12.3" x 10" x 1.5" @ 5.6 lbs.

Guide Review - IBM Thinkpad R40

Nov 12 2003 - With the recent announcement of the IBM ThinkPad R50, its not clear how much longer the R40 model will be available. Thankfully, the R40 still has a lot to offer. Those who travel often will be happy with the construction of the ThinkPad R40. This is one solid notebook computer that should hold up well over time. It makes for a solid choice for a person who travels frequently.

It is based around the Intel Centrino package with a Pentium M processor and 802.11b wireless. The systems memory and storage capacities are average for the thin and light category, coming with 256MB of DDR memory.

For storage, the system features 40GB of hard drive space which is average for a system of this price range. In addition to this, it comes with a CD-RW combo drive that allows it to playback and record CD media or be used to playback DVDs. If you need additional storage, there are options to add external storage through either the two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port or use of the Type III PC Card slot.

It comes with a very large 15-inch LCD display that is very comfortable to use with its XGA resolution. It is dissapointing that IBM would chose to use the older ATI Radeon Mobility M7 graphics processor, but it will suffice for most users.

Overall, the system is a good value for what is included in the package but it still is not quite as nice as some of the newer laptops from IBM. After all, this is a more value oriented system and as such suffers from some dated components such as the graphics.