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by pianowizard
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I really liked my Xperia Z3 which was 4.6" but a body of 5". Yep I was right, you were indeed referring to screen and phone heights (lengths), not diagonal sizes. The Xperia Z3's screen is 5.2"diagonally, but you would rather take out a ruler to measure its screen height. This means that when you s...
by pianowizard
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I have never used a phone longterm that has had a screen larger than 5" and a body larger than 5.5". I like to be able to touch the other side of the screen without being 6'8". You got me curious about how big the screen could be when the phone measures no more than 5.5" diagonally. So I did a Pyth...
by pianowizard
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

In conclusion, just keep your existing X220 (i.e. retract your for-sale ad) and pass it on to your family. By limiting your budget to $150 you have very few options, even if you included tablets in your search. The X220's i5-2520M has a benchmark score of 3583, which will still be sufficient in 5 ye...
by pianowizard
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

Whitieiii wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:48 pm
Ya they would need a place to offload their cameras as well
Photos can be transferred from a camera to an iPad or Android tablet too. Just do a Google search to find out how.
by pianowizard
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

I say it needs a low res screen because most of my family in Philippines is over 65 years old and they really have a hard time seeing the tiny text on the screen.... What do you guys suggest? Are you sure they want a laptop? Many retired folks would rather have an Apple or Android tablet with a key...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

the best in portability Do you need the laptop to be light AND small? Or do you just need it to be light? How many pounds would be too heavy for you, and how big would be too big? These days there are 15.6" laptops weighing less than 3 lbs. It would also need to have a low res screen (1366x768?)......
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

The good thing about being able to rely on an old cell phone is not having to worry about data plan costs. It's still possible to get a phone-and-SMS-only plan for a smartphone, and use WiFi for apps that require data (e.g. browsing the internet). I feel that a significant number of car accidents f...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

That's how I use my old Microsoft Lumia 435 phone. It is cheap small 4" device I've owned many smartphones for which I never had cellular data, just WiFi and offline. These included a Nokia Lumia 521 (4" 480x800, new for $19) and a Microsoft Lumia 640 (5" 720x1280, new for $30). Both ran the Here W...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

OK, the flashlight will definitely work so I partially retract my statement, but other than that... Most of the other functions I listed would still work, even GPS because the "Here WeGo" app allows you to download maps (via WiFi) and use the GPS offline. With powerful, large smartphones getting so...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 27
Views: 2313

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I still manage to press wrong numbers/letters when typing on it. Get a much bigger smartphone. If you like Lenovo, look into the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2 Pro, which are all 6.44" with 16:9 aspect ratio though they have different resolutions. I recently bought the Phab 2 Pro and find it decen...
by pianowizard
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z

Some had 500MHz Celeron, while others had 600MHz Pentium III. Some models had an internal Ethernet port. Thus, it was kind of similar to the S30 and S31, but is even harder to find. I once had a cheaper version of the 240Z, called the i Series 1124. I still regret selling that, because it's probably...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Dell D420 vs. X6x
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Dell D$20 vs. X6x

jdrou wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:09 pm
1.8" spinning drives are normally only 4200rpm.
There are 5400rpm 1.8" HDDs for the Dell D420. Search for "1.8 hard D420 5400" on eBay.
by pianowizard
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Affordable 32

There any deals on 1440p 32 inch monitors? From time to time, but not right now. I've seen good deals for the HP Pavilion 32, $255 new and $199 refurbished. You need to check deal sites frequently. Review of different monitor that use the same panel https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-u3277pwqu/ I ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!
Replies: 35
Views: 1439

Re: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!

What makes the original Thinkpad keyboard layout intrinsically superior is two things: It's closer to a standard desktop keyboard layout (which you may argue is not superior in itself, but it is what it is, and what people using a mixture of laptops and desktops have been used to for ~30 years. It ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!

If you have been wanting to get a 32" 4K monitor but couldn't afford one, cheaper models that use VA panels have started to emerge. During Newegg's Black Friday Week sale, I bought the Acer ET322QK in my signature for $287.99 shipped, and at the same time Newegg had the LG 32UP59-B on sale for $350 ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!
Replies: 35
Views: 1439

Re: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!

I no longer want to wait for a taller screen laptop. As for possible laptop, I am waiting for Intel 8th Gen refresh of Huawei MateBook X . I too prefer 3:2, which is why both my current mobile computers are 1920x1280, and I use Windows' default 100% scaling so that I can take full advantage of the ...
by pianowizard
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?
Replies: 52
Views: 3893

Re: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:31 pm
There 286 machines and 486 machines were made by Zenith. The late 286 and 386 machines were made my Phillips/Magnavox.
You mean, like Lenovo is re-branded Compal, Quanta and Inventec?
by pianowizard
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

Lenovo itself calls it "T25" in some places... https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/jp/th/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t25-type-20k7/parts/pd500006 Someday someone might update the T23 with modern innards and call it "T24". Things would get extremely confusing if the Thi...
by pianowizard
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

First of all, can we stop calling this "T25"? It's not a continuation of the T20/21/22/23 series. Call it TP25, for "Thinkpad 25". Comparing a WXGA+ TN panel which was probably one of the worst panels in existence (definitely the worst I have seen) with a FHD IPS Touchscreen. Yeah, right. The X301 s...
by pianowizard
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!

Guys, there is no reason to be so upset over the price tag. As time goes by, it will be 10% off, then 20% off, and later even 30% off etc. All Thinkpad models go through this cycle. If the TP25 is sold out very fast, then the discounts may not happen, but almost everyone here seems to be convinced t...
by pianowizard
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

If you would offer me the choice between two ThinkPads , one with a 12" 3:2 screen (and thus either huge display bezels or a smaller keyboard) and one with a 14" 16:9 screen (which can have very display small side bezels and still a full-size keyboard), I would go with the 14" 16:9 every time. It d...
by pianowizard
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

There were two separate polls, but the results of the aspect-ratio question were never published, unlike the screen size. The aspect ratio results were published, but later taken down. We had a discussion of the results on this forum. Thats just your opinion. I for example have no use for a 12" sys...
by pianowizard
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Why should that even be a question? There is no reason at all to not do a 14" model if thats what most people chose. What makes more sense: People chose a 14" 16:10 screen. If you can´t/won´t do that for whatever reason, do you do a 12" 3:2 screen or a 14" 16:9? If I recall correctly, there were tw...
by pianowizard
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Would a 12" 3:2 be that bad? Not at all. In fact, I love the 12" 1920x1280 display on my HP detachable. I even started a whole thread about it: https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=124379 12" was the least preferred display size in the polls. Why did Lenovo listen to that poll but not t...
by pianowizard
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

I think so. After all, he managed to convince first David and Lenovo to pursue this project and produce a new ThinkPad with the Classical 7 Row keyboard. I reread lead_org 's old posts. He talked mostly about getting a taller-than-16:9 panel, and mentioned specifically 13.3" 16:10 panels such as th...
by pianowizard
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Its called "brainstorming". Putting an idea out there and then see if there is a response. They never said "we will make this concept render into a real machine"....The truth is: No matter what they would have done, there always would have been people who were unhappy, because its not the personal ...
by pianowizard
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

On closer inspection, that picture is most likely "photoshopped" Not necessarily. Take a look at this side view of a T470: https://www.notebookcheck.net/fileadmin/Notebooks/Lenovo/ThinkPad_T470-20HD002HGE/IMG_2404.JPG . The lid is lower than the keyboard, and part of the lid is buried underneath th...
by pianowizard
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo punished for SuperFish RootKit in USA
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: Lenovo punished for SuperFish RootKit in USA

So what other laptop should I buy next? I fail to see the alternative for Thinkpads. Latitudes are worse, Elitebooks are significantly worse... and what else is there? Dell Precisions. I don't know what you are looking for, but it may be time to re-evaluate what features you really need. There may ...
by pianowizard
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Why they had created all these polls ( including screen aspect ratio) and then delivers just modified T470 casing with old 6-row keyboard? Exactly. Thus, I predict it will have a 16:10 screen. Assuming David Hill isn't lying and is truly excited about the Retro, I bet the keyboard and the colorful ...
by pianowizard
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: Thinkpadders, do NOT Rejoice, WEEP and/or DESPAIR!
Replies: 1797
Views: 192284

Re: Thinkpadders Rejoice (*LARGE PICS*)

Judging from the size of the palmrest and keyboard bezel, this is almost certainly not 4:3. Even 3:2 is unlikely.

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