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Currently have a 2009 MBP 13" that still works pretty great for what it is, but is definitely starting to show its age.
I recently saw a x220 in person, and really liked the form factor, and the fact that it has a "real" keyboard. The T series also look like really nice machines.
Just how "bad" are the NEW keyboards? Is buying a brand new Lenovo really as bad as people make it out to be? I'm drawn to the old ones anyways, just because of muh keyboard, and I doubt I could really afford a brand new machine.
I do however, like the idea of buying a brand new machine that will last me as long as the MBP has...
Sorry, more of a blog post than anything else.
the new keyboards are very good and I like them better than the old ones.
as laptop keyboard they're the best you can get, just enough travel time to have a good feeling/feed back, I prefer them over the apple keyboards.
I would recomend you get a T450s since it offers a small portable formfactor and a 1080p IPS display for around $1000.
I went to the local bestbuy to check out their lenovo section, and unfortunately, all they had were the Yogas, X-series, and other tablet tops. To be honest, I was extremely underwhelmed by what I saw, but i'm still reserving judgment on the T-series. Just can't seem to find any shops that actually carry them.
The new keyboards aren't bad, but the older keyboards were top-flight. I'd say the X220 keys are on par with Mac scissor-switches, and the new lenovo keys are still great, but below both.
X1 carbon (Gen 3) and T-series keyboards are pretty much the same. However those keyboards are not the same as the *#30 series because the newer ones don't have dedicated volume keys.
Hello lovelies, I recently bought a 3 cell ultrabay battery for my T400. When I plugged it in, everything seemed great, started at 100% capacity, etc, etc
Now that I've recharged it, it won't go above 79% capacity, the fuck, countless google searches availed nothing
My friend tried to replace the thermal paste on his t420 and he is getting thermal sensing issues. I believe it is because he stripped one if the screws holding the heatsink down (which I had to destroy to get out). If I buy a new heatsink will it be good again? It doesn't look like he damaged the cpu or gpu die.
The keyboard thing is much worse for longtime thinkpad users than for people new to them since they fucked with the layout. I prefer the old style to the new chiclet one as well but that is more personal preference (and coming from a Mac it will be more familiar).
What do you think about this?
I have a 240 at my parents' place.
That's the 240 from 1999 btw, not the X240 from last year.
What do you guys think about the x220 Tablet?
About to pull the trigger on one but still not completely sold on it
anon with t520 and t61 from yesterday reporting back in.
just dug my t42 out of the closet, still kicking after a fresh install.
Got a 760xl for $10 at value village. With an ultrabay CD drive.
PC110. Unfortunately, the screen no longer works. Here's an old pic of mine.
I'm sure people are still willing to spend upwards of $400 on a broken one.
>using up battery life
False, it's identical to the regular x230. Also, can be disabled.
A while back somebody was asking about the purpose of/how to get drivers for this little stylus switch here. At first I wasn't sure such a thing existed, but while opening up my laptop to stop the rattling CMOS battery, I noticed it. Anyone have any ideas what it's supposed to be for?
On my x230t the cable reads Wistron Caramel S/W Cable, P/N45N3789, the date, and some other numbers. I found a motherboard diagram from Wistron but I can't find any node mentioning this switch.
That's rather interesting. I'd expect that it's related to the machine detecting when the stylus is removed from its silo. I don't remember if the lenovo windows 7 installs had drivers which detected whether the pen was removed and opened some menus accordingly. Might have to check. There was the tablet mode detection.
Yeah that's the obvious conclusion but I can't remember if there was any implementation. I only have used this machine with Windows 8 so I don't know if there was anything missing from 7. Tablet detection is more likely in the hinge or wherever, and would only rotate the screen. The pen functionality is always active and has no drawbacks that I can think of but also makes sense if someone wants to use a third party stylus.
380ED in mint condition.
80MB of EDO and 166mhz P1 MMX.
Add to the pile
I do wonder who'd be mad enough to buy one considering it ran an atom and had a gigantic bezel
But after the maintenance job of installing a frame behind the display due to widespread cracking after being put into its case and/or a bag, you can step on them with no ill effect
Alright kiddos, jewbro anon here and it's unpacking time.
After customs delayed it by 2 weeks for no reason.
The entire thing feels like brand new, pretty much factory fresh, Nvidia GPU. Too bad it's the HD panel, though probably going to swap it later on.
Otherwise gotta find the spare 4GB ram stick i got lying around somewhere here.
>Hey guys what thinkpad do I need
>Should I get this?
>not a thinkpad
>wanking over thinkpads that aren't as viable to use anymore
>hey guys, check it out I bought a thinkpad
>fuck off faggot
thinkpad general ladies and gentlemen.
Anon who posted the pics here.
Honestly why would i buy something expensive as shit that has tendency to overheat and break, while i can get something that gets the job done.
I've never owned a macbook and i do not intend to buy one, and if ill get one for free ill just sell it to some poor schmuck.
my friend tried to replace the thermal paste on his t420 but now he gets a thermal sensing issue.
I believe it is because he is retarded and managed to strip the screw for the heatsink so now we have to get a new one no matter what.
do you guys think it was because he wasnt able to screw it down all the way? or is it fucked?
There used to be a poster in some general who always posted an image of a ThinkPad with the lid closed and Sony MDR-V6 on top of it. Anyone has that image?
Out of that lot the X201t is the easiest to sell in general, both to thinkpad fans and users in general. T42 might be worth about 20$ depending on the condition, x100e is kinda worthless.
And I'm guessing that you didn't do the cooling mod on the T43p?
Are this legit thinkpad keyboard?
I mean, are those original thinkpad keyboards?
Check this out, anons. I was going to buy it, but I don't have the cash to mess with them right now. 60USD shipped for an x31, t400, and t61. The only problem is they don't have batteries or cables. 10 dollar cable for each and 15 for each for a battery and you would be good. An anon with the cash could make 100 dollars easy on this:
Not shilling. I offered him 28 and he wouldn't take it.
Curcial and Intel currently make the best bang for your buck SSD's, reliable and fast.
Otherwise you could get an EVO 840 cheaply if you can get a good deal on one.
Just avoid random unknown brands and avoid kingston and you'll be fine.
>Hear from the product managers responsible for your favorite T, W and X series ThinkPads, joined by team members from Japan's Yamato Development Labs.
WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T /TPG/ GET ON THIS SHIT
Just bought a refurbished T410s:
>8 GB RAM
>i5 Core M 520 @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz
This seemed sufficient for daily web browsing, but it's really lagging. Simple things like resizing the browser window are sometimes really laggy. I'm just running Firefox now and the RAM is at 6.20 GB.
I've read online reviews for reburbished Thinkpads and a few people mentioned having to re-apply thermal paste. I don't think a heat issue would increase RAM or processor load.
Is this processor just shitty? My tower PC has 4GB RAM and a Core 2 Duo Q2800 and it runs better than this.
Anyone know how Samsung Spinpoint m9t's hold up? I'm looking for a high capacity (1-2TB) 2.5" drive for my kawaiipad x220 and I don't want to fear losing my collection of slice of life somalian cave scrawlings.
f*cking lenovo translations(i'm using spanish Wangblows). Instead of "maximum CPU speed" it says literally "System Performance"
Lowest -> CPU will stay at minimal CPU speed
Balanced -> CPU will scale across its frequency range(No turbo boost)
Turbo -> same as Balanced but with turbo boost
Maximum turbo -> maximum turbo boost freq(if temps allow it)
You can get finer control by using the windows power plan advanced settings
Drop gaps, hide bars, make fonts smaller and use bitmap fonts. Cry yourself to sleep as you realize your laptop has 1280x800 resolution.
Basically use your screen efficiently and update to something with FHD or higher resolution when it's reasonable to do it. Your UI's appearance and usable density of stuff onscreen benefits tremendously from 1440p or 3k or 4k, even if people seem to think it's a waste on a laptop.
Risk of Rain
Looking for a mssd for my x220. This is a pretty good deal right?
Rubbing alcohol to get the residue off. It might be just that the paint has faded on all the thinkpad except the part that was under the sticker. If this is the case then you should put the thinkpad under a tanning bed for 2-3 hours and it should get the color out.
The ultrabay is the gem that makes this thing somewhat worthy.
not rare, just an uncommon expensive item at the time it was released.
>have two thinkpads on the recall list, both with fairly worn batteries
>download and run tool on both machines
>"Thank you for using the Lenovo Battery Utility. Your battery is not affected."
I take it it's dependant on the specific battery batch right? I think I have a couple of dead ones stashed away which might work
How do I keep the screen from dimming when I have something open in full screen? (youtube, vlc, etc)
I got lucky by getting a nearly top of the line, gently abused T43p.
I have eOS on there, I don't use it for anything intensive, other then webbrowsing/dicking around, battery life lasts about 3 hours, I play youtube videos via minitube, it plays OK, just choppy, Pentium M is dying on webpages, shit sucks, also I got crappy speakers on my unit, they are blown or something, can't raise it to any decent decibels. But teh IPS screen.
Given it is much heavier/bigger than my X61T, I don't use it much, though I'll take it if I want better/cleaner screen estate than my X300.