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24 Nov 2019, 11:08 pm

I've been using an x220t i7 Thinkpad for 2 or three years now. I wound up rebuilding that machine into something rather faster than my 2015-6 Dell XPS & I still have it. More recently I decided I was permanently through with bottlenecked computers.

I bought a carbon lid 4k P1 gen. 2 - basically an X1 Carbon Extreme with a Xeon & 4x the memory. :lol: :nerdy:

Does anyone else here dig these surprisingly useful little machines?


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26 Nov 2019, 7:34 am

I like my ThinkPad. It's a P50 from 3 years ago, not the highest specs and not the lowest, and cost me about 3000 EUR at the time. My main reason for buying it was that I wanted a machine which could support my special interests (AI art generation, 3-4 gigabyte image editing, etc.), but which was also compact enough to carry around (hence the P70 was out of question). There are some lingering driver issues but performance-wise it's been a nice ride. I'm also a fan of the design. It hasn't changed much over the years.



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26 Nov 2019, 7:28 pm

Interestingly enough the ThinkPad design language was commisioned by IBM from a German/Italian designer & bought by Lenovo later.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sapper

My friend has a W580 that we view similarly, he's also got a regular x220 & is considering a Carbon or an X1 Tablet. Judging by my impressions of the P1 so far, I doubt I'll ever be buying anyone else's laptops ever again, as long as they're selling these things. There would have to be a significantly earth-shaking design of undeniable superiority for me to be swayed.

It may interest you to know I paid similar or somewhat less cash for this new model with a Wacom screen - the digitizer wasn't even in the released specs but I kind of just took it for granted & voila, it shipped with Wacom AES built in, so I can choose between a number of styli.


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26 Nov 2019, 7:31 pm

For reference, here's some stock pics of what I'm using, since these are literally anonymous black boxes to those who don't know:
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26 Nov 2019, 7:43 pm

I liked Thinkpad, because they have one of the lightest weight laptops with a full size keyboard. I use it in my work and have to carry it all over the place. But last year, I was trying to choose between a Thinkpad and a Dell inspiron. I chose the latter and it was a mistake. All kinds of trouble with it and some of it not covered by the extended warranty. :(


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26 Nov 2019, 9:18 pm

My Dell Precisions at work are ThinkPad knockoffs & my old one is fine (it's a brick) but the 7510 I use for a primary workstation is terribly disappointing. It's on the second motherboard already & just doesn't measure up to what I can do on the cheaper Lenovos.

Mercifully I have access to a XEON tower that was gifted to my team.


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29 Nov 2019, 3:52 am

I'd never been that interested in ThinkPads until a couple of years ago.

Someone sent me a box of old surplus ThinkPads, including an A31. I rather like the A31, its been very useful. Only downside is that its big and heavy, and the battery doesn't last long (to be expected; its a Pentium 4).



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29 Nov 2019, 4:09 am

Yeah, they are really good value to buy second hand and cheap to upgrade. Mine hit the floor and has an issue with the battery but I'll replace it with another one now that I'm to them.



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05 Dec 2019, 12:27 am

Yes! :) I love Thinkpads, typing this on a T510 right now! Bought my first Thinkpad in 2003. R60, I think?

The old IBM designs were more robust than the new Lenovo designs, but they are still very good laptops.