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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:40 pm 
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I picked up a used T410 on eBay for a dedicated linux box for at work and a machine I wouldn't mind leaving at work. Well I have since found myself using it constantly at work. it's fast and reliable and I'm typing this post on it now. It reminds me of why I love Thinkpad's so much not to mention this is a more powerful version of my first Thinkpad, which was a T410i with a Core i3 that gave me 6 years of faithful service. Just wanted to share.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:12 pm 
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I have one that looks like that, no camera or FPR, but it's got bluetooth. It's a little more worn but it has a nice 1280 LG screen.

I've played with 4 T410s of a few types, including the early version with Nvidia 3100m 256mb vram (not Optimus), two 1440x900 models, and lately 1280 ones. The screens can be LG, AUO, or Samsung and vary from decent to horrible. All of them have varying levels of poor quality control. The Samsungs have window-screen effect and uneven backlighting, the LGs have consistent backlight bleed in the bottom right corner, and the AUOs have multicolored stage lights on the upper and lower edges of the screen. Ultimately the LGs are the clearest, brightest, and most vibrant with the best viewing angles. They are all also very bright, a common feature of these early LED model Thinkpads. Compare to a dim 1366 panel from a T430.

The NVS 3100m is just a waste of electricity. It does enable a niche's worth of undemanding 3D games, but it's the 4-thread Core i series CPU doing most of the work. The CPUs are so fast in these. Slide in an SSD and you're booting Windows 7 in 10 seconds. Functionally T410s are great!! They're also relatively light and durable and the design is quite pleasant.

The 1440 screen, compared to 1280, lets you have some extra space at the side of your screen, alongside your browser, but it's really a joke resolution with a funny DPI, in my opinion it's not worth paying extra over 1280 unless you can check the Serial Number and guarantee it's an LG. Even the LG 1280 is a better screen than the others. But I haven't looked at a 1440 in awhile so I may change my mind sometime. One thing I remember is feeling cramped in 1440x900. It's not enough of a boost over 1280x800. Now 1680x1050 on the other hand.... shame no hi-res Wide 14.1" panels were ever made.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:36 pm 
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It is a very basic T410. But I picked it up for $60 so I'm not complaining. I just ordered 8GB RAM for it and going to put a spare 120GB SSD in it shortly. I wish I hadn't of given my brother in law my T420. I do miss the i7 and FHD screen on it. Now I'm searching for another one.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:53 pm 
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Nice, it looks pristine! Reminds me of when I first got my T410 and I couldn't stop using it.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:45 pm 
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I like the T410 myself, although it does run hot. It's been a very reliable machine to me for 6.5 years. The fan seems to be on its last leg, and I plan to buy a spare to have it ready when the current one quits. With how hot the machine runs, the fan is on almost all the time, so 6.5 years of service is impressive in my book. My T42 and T60 systems did not last so long before the fan had to be replaced.

As for resolution - I would go for 1440x900 over 1280x800 any day. It may not be enough, but even a little extra space is better.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:32 am 
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I have more than several T410 and T410s models and a couple X201 models. I just did some testing with my W500 gaming and was disappointed with the performance compared to my T410S with Nvidia Graphics (worthless graphics card). I thought the T9900 would do better with the ATI graphics but it was not the case. The T410 is a solid performer. Get the 1440x900 model in T410 or nothing. I think the T61 is as far back as you want to go but with Nvidia graphics because on those machines youtube and web browsing are more capable than integrated graphics. The T400/T500 are just fine for an everyday thinkpad. The T410 with integrated graphics is basically the same performance as Nvidia graphics. There is really nothing the T410 still cannot do other than games.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:17 pm 
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I love my T410. I moved it to the house for pen testing my work network. I just bought a nice X220 on ebay that I'm going to start taking to work with me. I'm tired of hauling my E550 to work and I'm just going to leave it at my church office now and haul around the X220.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:30 pm 
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I bought on ebay the ultimate T410: according to the S/N, it has the LG 1440x900 screen and 512mb Nvidia 3100m Switchable Graphics. Top of the line i5 560m, needs RAM and a drive. Can't wait for it to arrive. :o Now I wonder what would happen if I bought a W510's i7 quad core and put that in*. Probably the stupidest idea ever.

*Apparently impossible? According to http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=91494, even though looking at eBay pictures, the pins look the same as those of my i3 370m. This notebookreview thread http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads ... ty.438978/ also suggests that the Clarksfield i7 720QM fits in the same socket as Arrandale T410 cpus. W510 was also equipped with normal Arrandales or Clarksfield quad cores according to Thinkwiki.

Final edit: it has been done but unsuccessful, according to the comments of this poorly titled video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDucuwN22o . Shame.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:48 pm 
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For what it's worth, I used to have a T410 as well for a while. The best 1440x900 screen you can get is actually the AUO display. It has the highest contrast and the best viewing angles of the lot and the calibration isn't too far off either. This is the display I installed: http://www.panelook.com/B141PW04%20V0%2 ... 14091.html

As you can see, vertical viewing angles are better than on the LG and Samsung. The Contrast of 400:1 is accurate as well. I can attest to the fact that it was genuinely an OK-ish display, not total crap like the other options.

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