What bugs me above anything is the move towards copying Mac.
Mac goes Chiclet everyone goes Chiclet.
Mac has backlit keyboard everyone has backlit keyboard.
Mac has NO latch, everyone has NO latch.
Mac decides that round edges are cool, everyone decides that round edges are cool.
Mac decides that glossy screen are IN, everyone decides that Glossy screens are IN.
Mac decides that round edges are UNCOOL ala Iphone 4, everyone suddenly realizes that Square is back.
I mean for god sakes, I would think that Thinkpads would be the last to give into this Mac trend.
Anyone who understands true style, knows that style comes from setting trends not following them.
I always thought that Thinkpads were beyond trends, they were classy like a fine Zegna suit or an classic Patek watch. They didn't need to care for what was IN because they followed their own style.
I loved showing people my Thinklight or my Matte Black Chassis (with no lines across it) or my old school Keyboard. Now everything that made Thinkpads Cool is gone. It's like Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantine suddenly decided that manual watches were no longer COOL and decided to make digital watches. It's insanity to try to follow trends, when your Brand is so old and distinguished that you are your own trend.
This is what Lenovo has forgotten. They spend tons of money buying what was considered the Patek Philippe of PC Brands, and instead of sticking with traditions they have decided to cheapen the brand by following trends that only low level PC companies need to worry about. It's kind of like buying a Patek Philippe and turning it into Seiko Kinetic.
The very notion of an old distinguished brand is that you are beyond trends, because you are your own trend.
This is something that Lenovo needs to understand.
The reason why Macs are always on top is because they don't follow trends, they set them. I hope some folks at Lenovo are listening.
Actually, Sony VAIO 505 Series was the first with a Chicklet Keyboard as seen here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/Sony-VAIO-VGN-X505VP-Ultra-Slim-Notebook_Laptop_photos
I do agree with the rest of your rant though.
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