IBM introduces Thinkpad T42 with build-in fingerprint scanner

Posted on February 10th, 2005

IBM’s most recent ThinkPad T42 shows that a manufacturer and designer of notebooks can take into account the needs of the average company.

IBM FingerprintThe ThinkPad T42 is a completely equipped and firmly built business notebook which still uses the older Prescott platform of Intel (featuring the 855GM chipset). The performance of the 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium M 715 processor is average, with especially disappointing 3D graphic performances of the ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 video chip. For 2D average graphic applications and mainstream office applications, the T42 however is sufficient powerful.

We are however more interested in the extra’s which IBM built in. By a malignant and strongly configurable power management supplemented by a powerful battery, the T42 lasts, at average usage an entire working day (7.5 hours) on one battery.IBM Fingerprint

Renewing of the T42 are the incorporated management – and security facilities: the T42 has a build in fingerprint recognition scanner in the pulse support below the navigation buttons. Because of the compactness IBM chose for a  ‘swipe’ scanner. The user has to move his finger to be scanned over the little window allowing the scanner to build a complete image of the finger. It only takes a few seconds to complete this action. A sign and an arrow indicate where to place the finger to accomplish a correct scan.