World Travels Laptop - ThinkPad x240

jatx

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I'm about to embark on a world travel trip for about a year. Here's what I'm looking to do:
I've got a 15% discount through work with Lenovo.

Buy a baseline ThinkPad x240 for $750 (including the upgraded battery for 20hrs battery and Core i3-4010U Processor)

Planned After Market Upgrades:
  • 8gb RAM
  • 256 SSD
  • better CPU (i5+, 3ghz+)

Why this laptop:
  • Ultra-light
  • Doesn't look flashy
  • Best battery life on the market
  • Don't need a crazy good screen

Am I missing anything?

It's been a long time since I've upgraded parts on a laptop (built a great desktop last year thanks to help from this forum).

Looking forward to your opinion! TIA

ETA: What do you think are the best deals for processor, RAM and SSD for that laptop? My current desktop processor is i5-4670k @ 3.4 ghz and would like to be close to that performance-wise.
 
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MGDMN

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If you have the funds to travel the world for a year, why not just buy a top of the line notebook instead of having to worry about doing the upgrades yourself and dealing with component compatibility? Seems odd to be "pinching pennies" on a notebook if you can afford such a costly endeavor.
 

Megalith

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I was thinking about getting the same for a trip to Asia next month. Wish I had that discount.
 

kevinsbane

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I'm about to embark on a world travel trip for about a year. Here's what I'm looking to do:
I've got a 15% discount through work with Lenovo.

Buy a baseline ThinkPad x240 for $750 (including the upgraded battery for 20hrs battery and Core i3-4010U Processor)

Planned After Market Upgrades:
  • 8gb RAM
  • 256 SSD
  • better CPU (i5+, 3ghz+)

Why this laptop:
  • Ultra-light
  • Doesn't look flashy
  • Best battery life on the market
  • Don't need a crazy good screen

Am I missing anything?

It's been a long time since I've upgraded parts on a laptop (built a great desktop last year thanks to help from this forum).

Looking forward to your opinion! TIA

ETA: What do you think are the best deals for processor, RAM and SSD for that laptop? My current desktop processor is i5-4670k @ 3.4 ghz and would like to be close to that performance-wise.

Aftermarket upgrades for laptop processors are not recommended. Buy the processor you need at the onset. Also, there's no way you can get anywhere close to the same performance as a desktop i5-4670k, even without overclock. The x240 is limited by voltage, by heat, and by power. The fastest possible x240 option will be slower than a stock i5-4670k.

The RAM and SSD upgrades at least are the smart way to go. Very easy, doesn't void warranties and doesn't involve disassembling your laptop.
 

reb00tin

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I'd go cheap, on the road laptops get damaged, lost, stolen. $300-400, consider it disposable.

Get a 220V plug

Install OS that is bootable from USB3 flash drive, keep it separate, if laptop is lost you still have your work, etc.
 

Kueller

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I was thinking about getting the same for a trip to Asia next month. Wish I had that discount.

Anyone can get the Barnes & noble gold discount. Search this forum, I've posted the link before. Just create a new account (free) and check out the lower prices, they constantly run different promos.
 

CEpeep

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What are you going to be using the device for, and what type of trip are you taking?
 

jatx

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I have a DSLR and a GoPro that I will be photo/video editing. Otherwise I run a business online - writing, compiling interview audio/video.

Will probably be carrying it on my back and using it unplugged frequently.
 

jatx

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Looks like it would be: $1,065.90

ThinkPad x240 with:
- extended battery
- core i7 4600u 4mb 3.3ghz
- win 8 (Pro add $50)

Would need to upgrade:
- 8gb single stick of RAM (only has 1 slot) - ~75 on amazon
- 250GB SSD - ~140 on amazon

Also, for $150 there is a 2 year apocalypse type warranty available.
 

jatx

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Actually I have a 120gb SSD that my desktop wouldn't miss since it can't join me on the world trip.
 

omega-x

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X series CPU's are soldered to the mobo.

You will never be able to upgrade it.
 

bmstrong

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Pretty much what I've been looking at for myself. I just feel it's overpriced for what it is but there isn't many other alternatives out there.
 
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