Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why I Like ThinkPads Best?

Over the last decade or so, I've owned and used 16 laptops from 7 manufacturers, so I've had a fair amount of experience with a variety of laptops.  Here's what I've learned, and what I've owned, in order:
1) a 75Mhz IBM ThinkPad 701c.  This is the original butterfly keyboard ThinkPad - still works great although it's now slow, slow, slow.  I never expected the butterfly keyboard to last this long, and am saving this thing as a collectors item. :-)
2) a 266Mhz Toshiba Satellite.  This was a bit clunky for me, and now has a broken screen, but the computer still works if hooked up to a display.  There was nothing in my experience with this Toshiba that would make me go out of my way to try another one, but nothing seriously disappointing that would lead me to avoid Toshiba, either.
3) a 500Mhz Sharp.  I returned to the store within 30 days when it gave me problem after problem.
4) a 700Mhz T20 ThinkPad.  I used this for 2 years and sold in on eBay - it held its value well.
5) a 2.8GHz HP Pavillion.  I sold this at the Dayton ComputerFest after 6 months because it was heavy and wasn't up to my usability standards.

An angry question from Mark Hachman - Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

Mark Hachman is a freelance reporter covering Microsoft for ReadWrite. Previously, he served as the West Coast news editor for PC  Magazine/PCMag.com, where he covered components, new technology and the larger Web 2.0 companies such as Facebook and Google. Before that, he worked for eWEEK, TechWeb, and ExtremeTech, which he helped launch. In his spare time, Mark sleeps as much as he can, as his second son was born in July.
Lets see how Lenovo make him sad....

Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

On Monday, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T431s, the first ThinkPad based on its new industrial design, founded upon what the company called "extensive research" with ThinkPad loyalists and other users around the world.

So why does Lenovo appear to have got everything so wrong?

Not Your Father's ThinkPad - Unfortunately

Chiclet keyboards. Removing the buttons from the touchpad. Eliminating the removable battery. And loading Windows 8 without the benefit of an IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) display, let alone a touchscreen. All flaws that show Lenovo is heading in the direction of budget-conscious design decisions, rather than designing the bulletproof, bulldog-lovely black bento boxes that generations of users have used and cherished.

Traditionally, the ThinkPad has been the staple of quality employers everywhere. Nothing against the Mac, but if you worked with Windows, there was nothing better than a ThinkPad for everyday use. ThinkPads offered the basics: extras like the screen and graphics were nothing to write home about, and I found that the Wi-Fi would whimper and cower from Macs during crowded keynote sessions.  But the ThinkPad's keyboards verged on the iconic, and I owned ThinkPads that I dropped - twice - and they survived just fine.
Lenovo may be trying to drag its users kicking and clawing out of the past. I'm willing to concede - grudgingly - that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga keyboard isn't bad, and it appears to be either close or identical to the T431s. I tend to prefer the keyboards used by the larger Asus models, and my notes tell me that Samsung's keyboards aren't bad, either. But chiclet keys simply lack the travel of a traditional ThinkPad keyboard, let alone the mechanical monsters that shipped with the original IBM PCs.

ThinkPad W540 - The most wanted ThinkPad this year


First up is what Lenovo calls its most powerful mobile workstation ever, the ThinkPad W540 -- clearly aimed at competing with the notebooks like the latest high-powered M-Series Precision models from Dell. The Chinese manufacturer backs its claim up with the inclusion of a 15.5-inch 3K IPS display, delivering a 2,880 x 1,620 resolution. While powered by Intel's quad-core i7 processor, the W540 takes it to the next level with NVIDIA's latest flagship Quadro GPU and support for up to 32GB of RAM and a full two terabytes of storage. That's all packed into a chassis that measures 27mm at its thickest point, weighs 5.45 pounds and delivers around six hours on a full charge of its six-cell removable battery. Lenovo has yet to set a price for the W540 but says it'll go on sale in November.
This portable 15.6" workstation is the thinnest and lightest in its class, yet sacrifices nothing in terms of speed, power, and durability. Graphics-intensive, ISV-certified applications with blazing-fast processing and advanced graphics technology, plus ThinkPad's known reliability, mean you can handle any heavy-computational task from anywhere you want to be.
Does it make you hungry? Keep your eye on: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/w-series/w540/

ThinkPad X240 is now available on Lenovo US

The beautiful ThinkPad X240 with the price starting at $1,049 may take you a bit time considering for a Ultrabook. Take a look on its tech specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-4600U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4300U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4200U (Up to 2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i3-4010U (Up to 1.70 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro 64
  • Windows 8 64
  • Windows 7 Professional 64
  • 12.5" HD (1366 x 768)
  • 12.5" HD IPS (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD4400 Graphics
Face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
Up to 8GB DIMM
  • 3-Cell Internal (23.2 Wh)
  • 3-Cell External (23.2 Wh)
  • 6-Cell External Cylindrical (72 Wh)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.02" x 8.19" x 0.79"
<3 lbs
Battery Life
Up to 17.4 hours
ThinkPad® Precision Backlit Keyboard
Fingerprint Reader
I/O (Input / Output) Ports
  • Mini DisplayPort with audio
  • VGA
  • 3.5 mm Combo Jack Headphone / MIC
  • 2x USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (Always-on USB 2.0)
  • 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC slot)
  • Express card 34 mm
  • Smart card reader
  • HDD: 500GB / 1TB (5400 rpm)
  • HDD: 500GB (7200 rpm)
  • SSD: 128GB / 256GB SSD SATA3
  • mSATA: 16GB
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 BGN + BT 4.0
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 AC+ BT 4.0
Optical Drive
TrackPoint® with trackpad
Most of them seem to be fine, the dual-battery is a very good feature (+1 Lenovo), but it will be better if we have a Full HD IPS display here. And you should wait for a good coupon up comming time. "Thers's more thinking in a ThinkPad".
The 12.5" ThinkPad X240 Ultrabook™ is thin, light, built to last, and ready for business. Power Bridge technology lets you go ten or more hours without plugging in, vPro gives you the ultimate in manageability, and plenty of other features let you take your business on the road.
Build 1 for thinking more: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x240