I have decided that I want a 12” screen. I had an iBook 12” a few years ago and absolutely loved its size. It was so much easier to deal with than having to drag around my HUGE 14.1” current notebook.
It's good that you have one less choice to make.
This leaves me with the choice between the x60(s) or the x60t. I have owned tablets in the past and have found them useful…just not worth the loss in system performance. I think that the x60(s) and the x60t seem to have similar performance…am I correct?
Yes. They both use Low Voltage CoreDuo/Core2Duo CPUs. Not as fast as the regular CPUs, but still pretty good. The X60 uses regular Core Duos and will be slightly faster. When it comes to RAM, HD speed and other things - the X60 series all use the same components, which are not any slower than of the 14" and 15" notebooks.
I would love to make this notebook my desktop machine also so that I don’t have to deal with 2 machines…
There is no way
that a 12" sub-notebook can be a desktop machine. Just no way whatsoever. Well, actually there is, but you need the docking station, an external monitor, external keyboard+mouse, speakers, and possibly an external hard drive if you want a large one (200GB+). The bad thing about all of it is that the X60 don't support docks, only the Ultrabase, which has no DVI.
the problem with this is sheer performance. I currently use a Dell Inspiron 600m with a Intel Pentium M 1.6ghz Processor. I have 2gb RAM and a 160gb 5400rpm hard drive. This machine is proving to be too slow in Photoshop…which I occasionally have to use. I don’t know if a Core2Duo running at the same clock speed will provide much improvement…does anyone know?
There is no issue with performance. The best desktop CPUs are also Core2Duos (well, except the insanely expensive Core2Quad).
I think that I can live with the tradeoffs of the tablet vs. non-tablet form factor. It seems that the only thing I am giving up is the ThinkLight. Is this correct?
You're also adding some weight. But as of now, you can still get the Tablet with an FFS/IPS wide-viewing angle screen, which is better than any screen on X60/s, and 95% of the other laptops in the world. There's also an SXGA+ option exclusively on the tablet, although I personally wouldn't want it on 12".
In an ideal world I would be able to purchase a tablet or notebook AND a desktop workstation and just synchronize my tablet with my pc. This way all my important files would be synchronized, along with Outlook and my internet favorites. If anyone knows if this is possible please let me know how?
Why wouldn't it be possible. I myself synchronize 2-3 computers, and I do it manually. There are plenty of tools to do it automatically to.
Last but possibly most important…should I wait for Santa Rosa? I have seen information about the T61 leak out but is the x61t going to come out in a similar timeframe?
No way to know. The risk of waiting for me is that by then the FFS/IPS screen might be unavailable, as also the option of getting XP over Vista, which I absolutely despise.