ThinkPad T or X series

Discussion in 'Mobile Computing' started by philfromMPC, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. philfromMPC

    philfromMPC n00b

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    Hi all,
    I need some help deciding and could use your help. First let me describe what I use my laptop for now. I need word processor (apart for MS office, I also run cygwin so I can use emacs), web surfing (mainly for research, news, etc., and very rarely youtube videos), and reading pdf articles and ebooks. So my needs are very basic. I need a physical keyboard (tablet with usb keyboard is also fine).

    I currently use a troubled T410, but the battery died and there is an issue with the keyboard. I bought it used so I made some mistakes but it works fine otherwise and I learned what to look for in used ThinkPads.

    I am looking at 3 options: Buy another T410; buy a used x201; get a cheap tablet like the Microcenter WinBook.

    This is complicated by the fact that I am in a tropical country for some time where I don't have easy access to repairs. I am considering the X series ThinkPad and the tablet because the T410 is feeling heavy. I like the 410 but I have a feeling that Lenovo messed up the software with their bloatware.

    I don't know how reliable a tablet will be (my budget is not high) and I have no with the ThinkPad X201 (or the generation that generation after that).

    Any opinions or experiences you can share will be greatly helpful. Thanks
     
  2. jimh425

    jimh425 Gawd

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    I carried an X301 for years, and I and my coworkers found the X301 and X201 very reliable.
     
  3. TechLarry

    TechLarry Can't find the G Spot

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    A battery and keyboard are easily replaced, reasonable parts.
     
  4. philfromMPC

    philfromMPC n00b

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    Not really. The keyboard pins on the mobo are bent and its seems to turn itself on automatically from full shutdown. Not an issue with virus or something; maybe power driver or a short somewhere.
     
  5. TechLarry

    TechLarry Can't find the G Spot

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    Ah. You didn't mention that at first :)
     
  6. OrangeWolf

    OrangeWolf Gawd

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    I've used the hell out of my x230 for the last several years. For a significant period of time it was my primary machine. I opened/closed it multiple times a day, ran around a lot with it physically, tossed it in cars, left it on 24/7 while doing all of the above, and just generally abused it.

    Still a fantastic machine. I was impressed enough with the X-series line that I have no intention of buying anything else, unless I once again go to using a laptop as my primary machine (unlikely). Before the x230 I had a Thinkpad T61p, which was similarly amazing, but the screen on it eventually died and rather than pay to get a replacement screen I decided to upgrade to a smaller model.
     
  7. TechLarry

    TechLarry Can't find the G Spot

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    The T61 was about the last ThinkPad that really felt like a ThinkPad. Starting with the T400, and REALLY starting with the T410, that 'feel' of being built like a brick shithouse started to fade away. I don't even think T410's forward have Display Cages any more.

    My T410 creaks and squeeks from the palm rests every time I use it. Has done that since the day it came out of the box.

    Lenovo still makes a decent laptop. I just don't know about calling them ThinkPads any more. You have two of the last of the really great one's.

    I find it hard to say, but I think my HP Spectre X360 Special Edition is built better than today's ThinkPads. I don't feel like that about all HP's though. I work on too many EliteBook's and Zbooks to get cozy with them.

    And HP, please source a damn Smart Card reader that's worth a shit. Please?
     
  8. LightningCrash

    LightningCrash 2[H]4U

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    Thinkpad Xs are getting better IMO. On the X220 they finally did away with the "break-me" latches and just went to a magnet.

    X220s are seeing some cheap dumps on eBay, so I'd try to get into a 220 if you want to go the X route. 201 and 210 can be hard to find genuine batteries in good condition.

    My wife has been through so many X series... she drops them every day, I swear.