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Notebooks IBM Thinkpad?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by customh, 12 Nov 2006.

  1. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    What do ya'll think about Thinkpads? (pun not intended) I am considering getting a T60 with a 100GB 7200 rpm hard drive,128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 HyperMemory, and 2 gigs of RAM. It's $1,882 for that configuration, what do ya'll think?
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Me < 3 Thinkpads.

    They're a bit expensive for what you get, but they're pretty indestructable from what I've seen. Great choice. :thumb:
     
  3. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I've bought over a dozen for work and there was only one with a problem, which was rectified the next day. It had a dud hdd. Excellent service and seemingly hard-wearing, reliable laptops. They're not going to satisfy your lust for performance gaming by any stretch of the imagination, but they're quick in pretty much all other areas and the IBM software that's installed mostly makes configurating it a doddle, i.e. there's a point to them being installed.
     
  4. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    Good to know, dont intend to game as i dont do that much, jsut like a laptop for.. well you know, laptop stuff like trips and whatnot. It'll be a desktop replacement for a while too, but not long. (depending on how it works)
     
  5. kjkurtz20

    kjkurtz20 New Member

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    I have a thinkpad as you very well know. It's very nice and built to last. Go for it. why not?
     
  6. Lazlow

    Lazlow I have a dremel.

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    Another vote for Thinkpads - I've had mine for just over a year and it's still flawless - haven't formatted it yet and as Kenco says, the pre-installed software is actually useful.
     
  7. spoon13

    spoon13 New Member

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    Thinkpads are the best Ive owned; I have owned Dell, Compaq, Gateway and Sony as well but none ever compared to my Thinkpad.
     
  8. lord nicon21

    lord nicon21 sexy *******

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    we have them at work and they are built well. keyboards are nice on the new ones too
     
  9. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    When I get money after saving up for my trip to London with scouts I'll buy one.
     
  10. idnzor

    idnzor New Member

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    Thinkpads are great, they arent the sexiest looking things but they are tough and reliable and as a plus they have pretty good Linux support
     
  11. dfhaii

    dfhaii internets

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    They're not waterproof...

    Other than that pretty solid though.
     
  12. cire9753

    cire9753 New Member

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    they are pretty bulky and big
    but i say that i cause i have a macbook
    and my teacher has a thinkpad
     
  13. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    MacBook= No bang for buck, Thinkpad=Big bang for buck (no pun intended on the battery explosions)
     
  14. Mighty Yoshimi

    Mighty Yoshimi Motormouth

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    Extremely reliable machine, the only problem was with the older ones the screens were easy to bust, with the slightest of nudges
     
  15. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    I've got an R60 thru school, 100G drive, 1GB Ram..

    Not a bad little unit, but let me tell you i'd rather it had a wide aspect & glossy screen. In terms of "indestructability" this bugger has good 1/4" metal hinges, as well as a pair of thick plastic latches to shut the lid up. Overall, the only "weak point" is the PCMCIA door which went and fell off on me.

    The keyboards have a *decent* tactile response, good typing speed, proper click sound, though the throw could be a little longer, and having two sets of mouse buttons (for the nub and pad) is nice (i use the pad with the nub's buttons, to thumb mouse). IBM's software can be a little wonky at times (Access Connections is absolutely retarded), though at least under a long lasting load with limited ventillation, they stay rather cool.

    Formatting them's rather easy too, as IBM includes a "Windows Install Suppliment' on the site for you.
     
  16. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    The Access Connections works well for me. It means that work, home, wired, wireless, etc profiles can be set up and offers control over each. The IBM updater is ace, too. Keeps all your IBM programs and hardware (as far as I can remember) up to date, works much like Windows Update.

    I remember looking at the top inside of the lid and finding out that it has a light you can switch on and going, "ooOooh!" thinking it was pretty cool. I haven't used it yet though :)
     
  17. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    Heh the light's a bit of a pointless addon, until you resolve yourself to typing in pitch black!
     
  18. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    Does an R52 have a light in the lid?
     
  19. Lazlow

    Lazlow I have a dremel.

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    I know an R50 does.
     
  20. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    I'd quite disagree with that, but anyways...

    I got a T60 from school, but more of a baseline model. It works pretty well and gets good battery life. Backlight decided to just turn off the other day but all it needed was a reboot, so I'm inclined to think it was some weird software issue (it's running Vista RC2). Aside from the low-res 4:3 screen, the only thing I don't really care for is how impossible it is to do a clean XP install. Vista, several Linuxes and even OSX86 all went on it fine, but the XP installer refuses to see the hard drive, so my only option is restoring the school's image from a ghost backup, which is quite bloated. I'd have kept OSX86 on there but wireless didn't work and it didn't recognize it as being a laptop (so no battery life indicator), but that's life.

    Anyways, pretty decent system overall. I use it as more of a testbed since I much prefer my MBP, but it certainly seems durable, and reasonably fast (considering how crappy Windows' memory use is).
     

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