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by mj0
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: About to purchase a T470 - what does 'manufactorer drop ship' really mean?
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Re: About to purchase a T470 - what does 'manufactorer drop ship' really mean?

Thanks, that's exactly what I was afraid of. Once they have my money I'm pretty much out of options so I'd rather wait until the device shows up somewhere "in stock". I'm hoping it won't be long because it seems like they have just started shipping the first T470 TopSeller models - 20HD000WUS, 20HD0...
by mj0
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: About to purchase a T470 - what does 'manufactorer drop ship' really mean?
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

About to purchase a T470 - what does 'manufactorer drop ship' really mean?

After serious considerations I have decided to replace my aging X220 with a brand-new T470, and I have found a TopSeller model that I want: 20HD000XUS with Core i5-7300U, 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, FHD-Display, backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, and 3 years warranty. Unfortunately, this particular mo...
by mj0
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T470 Screen - touch vs non-touch - how are they different
Replies: 12
Views: 12172

Re: T470 Screen - touch vs non-touch - how are they different

Usually, a touch screen will be a bit darker than the identical non-touch version of the screen due to the additional sensitive touch layer that has to be added on top of the panel itself. Expect to lose between 20-40 nits of brightness because of it, which would bring the T470 down from slightly be...
by mj0
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Re: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)

The USB C port is not the main charging port, the T470s comes with a slim-tip charging-port at the back of the left side. If you order a T470s, you will get it with a slim-tip charger, charging via USB C is optional. Turns out you're wrong about that, the T470s comes with a USB-C charger by default...
by mj0
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: New T430s has landed! (2 small linked thumbnails)
Replies: 11
Views: 2556

Re: New T430s has landed! (2 small linked thumbnails)

I though long and hard about my purchase. The T430s I bought (to me) looks sexy and still retains most of it's classic lines. I generally don't like the direction Lenovo is going with their designs. I see your objections to the x40 design decisions yet the only issue I am willing to acknowledge are...
by mj0
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?
Replies: 10
Views: 6646

Re: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?

You're right, it depends on how the machine behaves. If it gets really hot or temperatures seem to be jumping up and down erratically then the thermal compound went bust and needs replacing. If not then I personally wouldn't bother either because disassembly and reassembly of the X220 is a major PIT...
by mj0
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Re: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)

True. It's just that in the current lineup I have yet to find a compromise that I am willing to live with. Right now I'm seriously considering getting a T450s instead because a) they can be had brand-new for 40-50% of the price of a T470s, b) they're similarly equipped to and c) not much slower than...
by mj0
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?
Replies: 10
Views: 6646

Re: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?

One more thing: if you haven't done it yet you may want to consider replacing the thermal paste on the CPU eventually. It gets pretty crusty and hard after a few years, and loses its capabilities. I did mine yesterday and the difference is staggering. Not only does the entire device stay cooler (I w...
by mj0
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Re: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)

I know all that (except for the part with the charger, I thought it came with a USB-C charger instead of the old one so thank you for that) yet it still doesn't make any sense to put it... well, there. That placement it simply put very, very stupid. Quite frankly I'm rather disappointed with Lenovo'...
by mj0
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?
Replies: 10
Views: 6646

Re: Suggestions: What to upgrade on an X220?

For the trackpoint & trackpad you don't want to use Lenovo's drivers, neither the ones from the Lenovo website nor the ones supplied by Windows Update. Instead, go to synaptics.com and download the latest PS/2 drivers (can be found under resources, currently 19.0.19.1). Not sure about the latest one...
by mj0
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)
Replies: 6
Views: 6227

Re: Review of the ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD)

While they may have gotten the display right this time they have managed to f**k up in other places. The USB-C port for charging the laptop for example - who on earth decided to put that smack down in the middle on the right hand side? At some point, during a meeting, somebody at Lenovo must have be...
by mj0
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?
Replies: 13
Views: 4318

Re: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?

And knowing this is a ThinkPads forum, are there (a) any other ThinkPads you'd recommend (e.g. T460) or even a different Windows machine? I've only ever owned ThinkPads (since 1998) but time does march on. If the 15.6" Dell turns out to be too large for you maybe the new Thinkpad 13 is worth consid...
by mj0
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?
Replies: 13
Views: 4318

Re: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?

1. Windows Properties says C: is CT250BX100SSD1 which is Crucial and highly rated (mostly 4/5 or 5/5, Google's rating aggregator would seem to be giving it 4.8/5. I couldn't find any known issues but that doesn't mean there are none. Thought so. The reason why I was asking is that I've recently exp...
by mj0
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?
Replies: 13
Views: 4318

Re: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?

I'm sure I could replace the motherboard, it's probably what I did last year but without the part about removing fan from motherboard and replacing. The cheapest i7 I see on eBay is $81 from China ("almost 100% new") or $93 from Canada ("used"). I guess it could be worth a shot but at this point I ...
by mj0
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?
Replies: 13
Views: 4318

Re: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?

Windows 10 - It's here to stay; I am not sure any Windows-based system will come with any other version these days, although some current ones do offer "downgrade rights" to Windows 7, as you observed. In a generation or two, most hardware will be tested for Windows 10 exclusively, and you may not ...
by mj0
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: x230 compatible fans (want to upgrade and make it quieter)
Replies: 4
Views: 2849

Re: x230 compatible fans (want to upgrade and make it quieter)

Same here, I've got the Delta fan in my X220 and it's definitely very noisy. Inaudible on level 1 (~1900rpm), definitely noticeable on level 2 (~2900rpm), obnoxiously so in addition to sounding rather whiney on level 3 (~3600rpm), and painfully loud on level 5 and 7 (4000 and 4600rpm, respectively)....
by mj0
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Buying a new thinkpad
Replies: 16
Views: 2478

Re: Buying a new thinkpad

Of course it supports an SSD. Every system with a 2.5" harddrive will support a 2.5" SATA SSD. Period. I second the notion to upgrade your existing system instead of buying a new one. From what you're describing it seems that the CPU isn't the limit you're running into, it's the RAM. 8GB should be f...
by mj0
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Buying a new thinkpad
Replies: 16
Views: 2478

Re: Buying a new thinkpad

If your budget is $1,000 you may want to consider the L-series as well. In terms of build and overall quality they're right in between the E- and T-series. In other news, I would not get a laptop with only 4GB of RAM anymore. Especially considering you don't seem to be interested in the tremendous p...
by mj0
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 3865

Re: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please

Yeah, I gave up the Linux on a laptop experiments many years ago. It's just not worth it. I'm running Windows 10 natively and Linux inside VMs. Works much better and it's much more reliable. But thanks for the heads up anyway ;)
by mj0
Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 3865

Re: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please

So apparently it was worth the wait. The T470s has been announced and as far as I understand all models will have 8GB soldered onto the mainboard, meaning they should all support 24GB of memory regardless of whether or not one choses the dedicated Nvidia GPU :bow: Then again it's also possible that ...
by mj0
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 worth cpu upgrade from i5 2520m?
Replies: 23
Views: 6248

Re: T420 worth cpu upgrade from i5 2520m?

i cannot imagine how anyone in any objective observation can conclude that an n3000 is faster i can only assume that there is such strong positive reinforcement of outcomes that one can delude themselves to think that the n3000 would win That would actually be quite simple. Of course one has to a) ...
by mj0
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T420 worth cpu upgrade from i5 2520m?
Replies: 23
Views: 6248

Re: T420 worth cpu upgrade from i5 2520m?

Since the OP modified his/her initial post instead of replying to the thread I'll have to quote from the top: OP's comment: Various experiments with different CPUs of this era have shown minimal or no improvement. IT is my opinion that it is better to build a budget machine with modern parts, than t...
by mj0
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 3865

Re: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please

You're right but the thing is I don't really need a dedicated GPU. Infact, it'd be completely useless to me and only one more chip that could render my notebook useless once it fails. However, I would certainly profit from more RAM and I'd be willing to put up with the Nvidia GPU for that. Maybe the...
by mj0
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 3865

Re: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please

You're a genius, thank you! Since I've been on Windows 10 pretty much since day one (had to test drive it for work) and have had nothing but a pleasant and smooth experience I wouldn't mind the Windows 10 models at all. And since I'll be reinstalling Windows 10 Enterprise anyway the license it comes...
by mj0
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please
Replies: 15
Views: 3865

Re: A few question about the T460s, need some advice please

Interesting. I cannot configure a T460s on Lenovo's website (http://www.lenovo.com) that would even have an Nvidia GPU, and all models have 4GB + xGB RAM, according to their configurator. Where would one find a T460s CTO models with 8GB and Nvidia GPU if Lenovo isn't even selling them through their ...
by mj0
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Improved alternative or upgrade to T520 i5-2520M
Replies: 7
Views: 2473

Re: Improved alternative or upgrade to T520 i5-2520M

Don't underestimate the Core i5-2520M - it's plenty fast! Compared to the latest and greatest Intel Core i5 DualCore for laptops, the 2.5 GHz Core i5-7200U Kaby Lake, it's only around 15% slower in singlecore and 25% in multicore scenarios. Intel has been working less on performance improvements and...
by mj0
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Maxing out an x220 in 2016 (...now 2017): a couple of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4787

Re: Maxing out an x220 in 2016: a couple of questions

1. I'm with dr_st on this one - if it's not broken don't fix it. Haven't replaced mine yet and it's totally fine, not worth bothering. 2. You won't notice the difference between DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866, much less between CL11 and CL10. In most cases you won't be even able to measure it in benchmarks...
by mj0
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB, New German Keyboard for T510/T520
Replies: 8
Views: 1394

Re: WTB, New German Keyboard for T510/T520

I take it that you live in the US? I happen to have an X220 with a German keyboard which I would gladly swap for a US keyboard, if you happen to have one. Only two problems: a) not sure whether the T520 uses the same keyboard as the X220 but based on the photos it should be the exact same one b) I n...
by mj0
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Reliable SSD drives for the X220
Replies: 59
Views: 21721

Re: Reliable SSD drives for the X220

It probably has more to do with the fact that SATA-III over mSATA only came with SATA 3.1. Which was fully specified and released in July 2011, at which point the X220 had already been on the market for more than three months. Let's face it: we're talking about an almost six year old device here. At...

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