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Buying Guide: http://ktgee.net/post/49423737148/thinkpad-guide
Projects like the Novena and the Pi-Top show that there is some future in open hardware design. It's possible that enough Thinkpad enthusiasts exist to fund and develop a proper computing platform.
Can somebody please try and convince me to go with the T61P over the x200...
I meant the x300. Sorry.
I am stuck between the two.
I want to watch anime, and the x61p has a higher resolution screen, however apparently the x300 has a smoother experience for the screen, despite a 1440x900 pixel resolution.
The battery life, heat and sound quality for the x300 beat the t61p out of the water.
The x300 has a 64gb SSD, while the t61p has a 250GB HDD @ 5600rpm
Overall, I like the look of the x300 more, but will it really be better for anime on the go?
I'd go for the X300 too. But if you insist:
64GB isn't a lot. If you save anime on disk for later viewing the limited space will be a major issue. Your alternatives are an external USB drive or watching off DVDs but both options consume far more power due to the extra components that have to be powered, taking a further toll on its already unimpressive battery life.
And it's slow. Really slow. Slower than all X61 models and about on pace with an X60s. Expect it to choke on anything more intensive than web browsing. Video should not be such of an issue due to the more capable GPU but the processor is a liability in almost everything else.
The viewing angles are dogshit.
They are difficult to find and hence expensive.
What would you suggest for portability with an optical drive? As a last resort I was going to go with dell latitude e4300; which seems slightly off par.
The weaknesses you just pointed out are driving me insane now.
If you can find an X301 for a good price it's worth a shot. It's basically the X300 but with a more capable processor and if you're lucky more storage. It still suffers from a poor display and short (by modern standards) battery life, and an even higher price, however.
Otherwise an X200, X201 or X220 with an Ultrabase will do nicely. The X220 with 9-cell and IPS display will do especially well due to a nice screen, a processor that's miles ahead of anything in the X300 or X301, an mSATA slot allowing you to install both an SSD and a far larger spinning drive for more storage, and far better battery life. The speakers aren't terrible either. It will be thicker, heavier and less elegant, but if those are non-issues that would be my recommendation.
>Bought a T60p
>Literally slower than a baytrail tablet
>battery is dead
>screen is almost dead
>new thinkpad models are even worse, like the latest ones which don't even have button for the touchpad and trackpoint
The ultra bay is a big no. Hence why I went to the x300.
I have looked for the x301, but there is little about. I figure I will be fine with the hardware, however will my Anime run flawlessly?
Also what's the battery life on the x300? I thought it was 7 hours.
Expect no more than about four hours. Core 2 Duos rarely exceed five even if they are low-voltage. Most reviews suggest 3-4 hours new; aftermarket and used batteries will no doubt only provide less.
Core 2 Duos should provide flawless 720p 10-bit playback in any case. Streaming, however, will be a problem.
>Buying Guide: http://ktgee.net/post/49423737148/thinkpad-guide
How much do you guys get paid to post these adverts?
BTW my i5 x201 is pretty nice but battery life is really shitty. Anyone else got these troubles?
>Paid to recommend used machines
>Recommend to buy from ebay/craigs list with no central seller
>Lenovo outright stand against buying used thinkpads
What's your battery's max capacity compared to its design capacity? It could be that your battery is really worn.
Oh and apparently it is possible to hit the 7 hours claimed with a battery that fits in the optical drive bay. You do lose the optical drive, and finding new batteries that fit borders on impossible, but it could work in a pinch if you're lucky and you need the machine to last a little longer on the road.
>IBM created their Think devices much later.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding you but you do realize that IBM had the slogan "THINK" forever?
For £150 is this my best choice?
I am going to take this laptop around people's houses and all, the last thing I want is for them to complain about a low screen resolution when watching anime.
Depends on what you want it for
I have both devices: specifically a 15.4" T61p and a X200
T61p has better screen and performance but woe betide you if it's one of the cursed batch with a faulty nvidia GPU. Fret not though as you can still replace the mobo with an Intel one that doesn't have this issue.
X200 is better if you plan to travel alot. It's really lightweight and easy to use outdoors. Unlike the T61p it doesn't have any issues with its mobo so it's the safer choice.
Pricewise I got my X200 cheaper but it's kinda beat up with a few keys not working and a bunch of cracks, while my T61p is relatively undamaged apart from a loose hinge (display unit wobbles if shaken).
If you want a desktop replacement, go with the T61p. If you want something portable, go with the X200
Why do you use these ancient machines, even pay premium for them? I don't understand.
For the most part they aren't paying a premium for them, though, unless it is some weird collectible like the fold out keyboard. They buy thinkpads because they have solid build quality and were originally made with high end business class parts so they still hold up today when compared to the consumer laptops they'd be able to afford on the same budget.
I know this is a troll but still I just want to repeat again how much I love (old) Thinkpads.
>beautiful minimalist design
>great built quality
>trackpoint is in my opinion superior to a trackpad
>hardware is still good enough unless one really needs a lot of computing power
>good battery life
>commonly found sold used
The only weak point to me is the size and weight (which I guess is the price for user repairability) and the screen.
You can't get a better laptop for the price of a used Thinkpad.
WAIT! Get the X30, it uses DDR3 ram which is almost half the price of DRR2 ran the X300 has.
And no, I'm not lugging that 18" MSI gaming machine for word processing.
600 is great, it has a Pentium II, the 600E and 600X can take a Pentium III I believe.
760/765 are great too.
SHOW ME THE BEST THINKPAD WITH A SQUARE SCREEN OR I WILL EAT YOUR SOUL
They can be mixmatched to hell. The computer will run them all at the speed of the slowest stick though. My w510 came with 2x2gb and 1x4gb of all different brands and it works fine. I have an x220t coming in that I got a proper matched16gb pair. That laptop has 4gb already that I'll throw in the w510. 2gb if it's 2x2gb.