* Red nub. I use it exclusively, the track pad is disabled and serves me no purpose
* Hot swappable battery. I have a spare battery and it effectively doubles how long I can use my laptop without without charging.
* 7 layered keyboard. It's great to not have to use so many keyboard shortcuts, but rather have a dedicated button.
* Hardware switch for WiFi. If only it had one for the camera, microphone and sound.
* Durable and modular. I installed a hard drive using nothing more than a screwdriver and a 5 minute YouTube tutorial.
* Linux support (or at least not hindrance)
Some things that I do not like about the leaked Thinkpads.
* Envelope widthed laptops. I'm planning on using the Ethernet port before I plan on mailing my laptop in an envelope.
* 1 gram lighter than earlier models. I'm not so strong, but I have no problem sticking my laptop in my backpack and walking around with it. If I really wanted to I could remove 1 gram from my backpack without having to make the compromises that Lenovo is.
* Soldered memory. WTF
Does anyone have a recommendation for a laptop that is still being built that have most of the features that I am looking for. Assuming that it is good quality, money is not so much of an issue.
Are there any options out there at all for laptops that have at least usable keyboards, hot swappable batteries, proper Ethernet ports, basic maintainability and solid build quality instead of the insane thinness fetish?
• A Core i7 8550u (4 cores, turbo boost up to 4GHz)
• 2 DDR4 SODIMM slots. I put 32 GB of RAM in.
• 2x mini PCI Express slots. There's an 802.11/Bluetooth card in one. The other is empty but could be used for LTE.
• An M.2 NVMe slot. I put a 2TB SSD in it.
• An upgraded screen (2880x1920, 450 nits, wide gamut). The bezel is cut to make room for the 3:2 aspect ratio, sacrificing the webcam.
I have small hands so I slightly prefer the X62's keyboard, but everything else is much better on the X210.
would you consider writing a review, please?
I'm interested in
- how often the fan goes on
- whether it runs Linux/BSD flawlessly
- where you can buy it (without speaking any Chinese)
The PSREFs were/are catalogs of the variants available for sale and their specs, issued periodically. There were also PSREFs for withdrawn variants, covering year ranges.
(I got well-acquainted with these when stockpiling X200 units for Coreboot, a large-screen workstation model I like, and an older model that has better build-quality keyboards that can be swapped into certain newer models.)
Various Lenovo Web site lookups of specs have come and gone, and TYPEs seem to disappear from them sometimes, but the PSREF PDFs are forever.
Sorry I don't seem to have PSREFs covering X210S, but I suspect they're out there.
The new T490/T490s/T590 ThinkPads are even worse in terms of upgradability.
> It seems that Lenovo prioritized sleeker designs over flexibility with the newest T ThinkPads, as the manufacturer is making some rather drastic changes to the internals and ports of the new models. Features like the SD card slot (replaced with MicroSD) or full-size RJ45-Ethernet on the T490s are getting the axe, the same is true for the 2.5 inch storage bay on the T490 and T590. Also, Lenovo is relying more on soldered RAM than before. The ThinkPad T490s has a maximum of 32 GB of soldered RAM, while the T490 and the T590 both have up to 16 GB of soldered RAM plus a single DDR4 RAM slot (up to 48 GB RAM in total). All of those changes will likely result in some fierce discussions among the ThinkPad fans.
Sadly, those of us who value features only found on older Thinkpads are probably in the minority. My X220 is slowly aging out of usefulness and I'm not sure what will replace it.
If you don't like touchpads, your choices are basically "buy a Thinkpad direct from Lenovo" or "try to find the weird corners of the world where they actually mention, let alone sell HP Elitebooks and certain Dell Latitudes, and then find they're mind-blowingly expensive because they basically only compete with the high-end ThinkPad series."
I ordered a new laptop recently, and the ThinkPad option (an E585 plus adding my own RAM and SSD upgrades) clocked in about 40% cheaper than buying the comparable Elitebook. Even if the bottom were epoxied on, and you had to pay heir absurd prices for RAM and storage, I'd probably have ended up there.
The T-line of laptops has suffered from the same kind of design mistakes for several years now, but as long as Lenovo keeps making the P-series with replaceable parts I'll keep buying them.
The swappable and dual batteries on my T440 are a killer feature.
I love my T25; it's the best laptop I've had since T420s (still have 2-3 of those around - love how modular they are, even with their slim size, with an upgraded 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, 16GB of RAM, and still quite lightweight plus the best keyboard ever), and absolutely brilliant compared to abominations like the '40 series which removed the trackpoint buttons (the only time I've ever witnessed a senior security architect literally and repeatedly slam their laptop against the desk in frustration!).
Like many fellow nerds or roadwarriors, the little red nub / trackpoint, and decent standard keyboard, are "conditions of employment" for me - I spend too much time on a laptop to chase my own tail with a trackpad [yes it's a low barrier of entry, but it's positively painful to watch my co-workers try to navigate with it, all the while they espouse "but it's so easy!"], or a non-standard home row layout :(
I do agree however that screen is at best "Meh" - I do a lot of photography processing and the T25 is just not an option. Certainly I wouldn't mind having the better CPU and GPU from newer generations... but I don't think I would compromise reliability, take the risk, or sacrifice the time that this honourable fellow nerd has -- my hat is off to them! :-)
I just hope that the speed at which T25 was sold out, even at a clearly inflated price, will demonstrate the demand. I agree with the author T25 wasn't so much "retro" as "the one good laptop in that generation".
I swapped the screen out for a FHD one for £39, T450 touchpad (biggest upgrade!) for £20 and new 76Wh battery for £39. New Samsung 256Gb 850 Pro disk (cant remember how much that cost). Upgraded RAM to 8Gb by recycling an HP EliteBook. Copied windows 10 ISO and keypass keychain to the built in 16Gb SSD so I can recover it offline from my S3 backup target.
It's amazing. You'd have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. It's not the best laptop possible but it's an excellent compromise it in total it cost less than 1/3 of a MBA which had dubious "utility" compared to it.
- 4 cores (Ivy Bridge), up to 32Gb (4 SO-DIMM slots)
- decent full HD screen
- nvidia GPU drives a single 4K monitor @60Hz via miniDP