Who needs a netbook when you can get a full-blown Lenovo ThinkPad convertible laptop for $649? Believe it or not, that's apparently possible—and with no mail-in rebates involved.
Lenovo quotes a regular price of $2,019 for the ThinkPad X61, but the system is currently on sale for $799. And, until March 16, you should be able to shave the price down to $649.03 by entering the coupon code "USPTABLETWSL" (without the quotes) on the Lenovo checkout page.
The ThinkPad X61 isn't particularly recent, but it still has fairly well-rounded specifications: a 12.1" 1024x768 display that can rotate and fold over the keyboard in tablet format, a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L7500 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM (upgradable to 4GB), a 160GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, an eight-cell battery, and a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium.
If you don't mind going with last year's fashion to save a few bucks, the renowned ThinkPad build quality, compact form factor, and quick processor seem like a great combination for that kind of money. In ultraportable ThinkPad tradition, though, the X61 features a TrackPoint nub as its sole pointing device—so folks who can't live without a touchpad should look elsewhere. (Thanks to LogicBuy for the tip and coupon code.)