I sincerely disagree with the quality part of your critisizm. Ive own T23, T60, X300 and now new x120e. The newest version has by far the best quality. T23 and x300 both had lots of flex on the keyboard. x300 had flex on the panel above the keyboard. T60 had melted hole by the touchpad and it's side panels started coming off after 2 years of use. My new x120e which suppose to be a netbook got actually a better quality than any previous thinkpad that I owned. They new chicklet keyboard has ZERO flex.
As for the price, I completely agree E1200 is way to much for a laptop but you got to blame EU for setting up VAT at 20-30%.
Agreed 100% about rigidity of the X120e. The build quality is excellent--I have to go back to the X30 to find a Thinkpad that didn't have squeaky, flexable plastic pieces. In order of the machines I've owned:
IBM X30 - great quality, no flex, only hindered by USB 1.1
IBM T41 - ATI flex issue
IBM T42p - ATI flex issue
IBM T60 - GPU was always HOT, otherwise great build quality
Lenovo T61 - squeaky plastic in the palmrest, there was a bulge in the plastic between the keyboard and monitor
X60s - flex in keyboard, plastic piece separating PC card slots broke
X61s - right palmrest was hot to the touch
Lenovo T400 - squeaky plastic, which was embarrassing to try to explain when the person to whom I was selling pointed it out, after I had just spent 5 minutes raving about Thinkpad build quality
X120e - no squeaking plastic, no flex, fan almost never on, GREAT keyboard. The only thing missing is the rubberized cover and the thinklight, which I'm willing to live with (obviously) because this machine is so sturdy. If the X230--which does have the Thinklight and rubberized finish--continues with the same build quality started with the X120e, I can't help but imagine that it is the best Thinkpad released almost a decade. Unfortunately, it is beyond my price range.
Note: I am not slamming Thinkpads at all -- despite the problems I listed, I still think it is the best machine on the market, and the quality is only getting better. Consider other machines I've owned:
Elitebook 2530p - cheap keyboard, fan was always running, clicking sound from the hard drive (see: http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-comp ... 2530p.html
Macbook Air 11.6" - the palmrest is so thin that under normal use of the touchpad, the entire aluminum frame ends up becoming warped, and eventually the touchpad will not register a click (see: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/30 ... 0&tstart=0