What is it, exactly, that you're waiting for?
Definitely, that something is happening! As already written, I am gonna buy at one of our wholesalers, and the price still did not drop for the desired T42p model. As I really do not assume, that IBMs 30-days-return-policy or refund in case of price drop applies, if not bought directly from the IBM webshop, I do not want to risk seeing the price drop right after I purchased the notebook.
Can anyone explain, how much and when the prices dropped in the past, when IBM announced a new model line?
The Sonoma gains almost no performance with the DDR2-533 memory and gets 20-30 minutes worse battery life. IBM isn't using either the SATA hard drive feature or Sonoma's high-performance audio, and the chassis is identical to the T42 (2 USB, no firewire).
The only real difference is the PCI-Express video in the T43p. But if you read the Sonoma review over at Toms Hardware, and look at the performance numbers
of the FireGL V3200 vs the T2-128, there's only a small increase in performance. Definitely not worth the decrease in battery life, in my opinion.
Good points, that's why I am still not completely off the idea of purchasing the mentioned T42p, except the uncertainty about what will happen to the prices of the T42 line now in the near future.
I bought a T42P Q1U that is still within IBM's one-month return period.
So you bought directly from IBM? I don't understand those statements about the return-policy and the the money-refund on price-drop, because why should someone buy directly from IBM, since the prices are a lot more expensive there. If I wouldn't be able to buy from one of our wholesalers, I definitely would search for a dealer with the best price on ebay (I'm from Austria / Europe, and there is not much going on here locally in my town).
Also note that IBM is releasing the T43's with a 1.86GHz Sonoma, vs the T42's with a 2.1GHz Dothan. I think it will be a while before the T43 will outperform the high-end T42p.
I don't have much choice on the T42p model, the mentioned one is the only one that's in stock at our wholesaler for a reasonable price, and I don't want to fiddle arround with searching for another source (due to tax reasons, payment and delivery condition... I am buying this notebook for my company)
BTW It will be my first IBM ThinkPad, so I am not really already addicted, but since everybody has such a high opinion on IBM notebooks (I come to this forum after a suggestion in forums.gentoo.org), it already caught my interest that much, that I am reading and searching for more info for days now. It is quite interesting, and makes one believe, a ThinkPad is really something special.