I will be purchasing an X40 of the following configuration before going to college in the fall:
- ThinkPad X40 238611U
- 1.00GHz ULV Pentium M
- 256 MB RAM (planning on upgrading to 512MB or 768MB from Crucial)
- 40GB HDD
- IBM 11b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter
- ThinkPad X40 Series 8-Cell Li-Ion Battery
- 3 Year ThinkPad Protection with Depot Repair
For the last few weeks, this exact configuration has been going for ~$2,000 on the IBM website. It recently dropped about $10. My question is, will prices continue to drop, and how much will they drop by the end of June? The latest I would want to purchase would be the end of June or beginning of July. I'm not interested in new technology that may be coming out, just the price of this exact configuration. When will Dothan be coming to the X series? How much would that affect prices of older Banias models?
Also, how does the IBM Shareholder Purchase Program or Employee Purchase Program work? Is it a flat discount, or do you have to purchase specific models? How much can I get off through either of those?