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Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#1 Post by BigCatAndy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:04 am

Hello,

I use since years TP T60p (15 Inch, 1600x1200 Display). I have 3 GB of RAM, SSD hard drive and also 2nd drive Caddy (instead of DVD-DOM). CPU is Intel T2700 with 2,33GHz. I'm generally satisfied, only 2 issues bother me - the Display is quite dark (comparing to the newer Systems) and sometimes I have Problems with booting the laptop. If it runs some time, then I cannot simply restart it (neither under Windows nor under Linux) - it remians hanging. So, I have to wait and then start again. After several attempts it starts.

Some time ago I got used X61s with Ultrabase. The only Thing which does not work is battery. The rest is fine - 400 GB of HDD, 3 GB of RAM. I installed Linux Mint - it simply "flies" there.

Now I'm thinking about giving up the T60p and switching to X61s. I have also external Monitor from LENOVO (so, I can have more space than just 12,1 Inch) and also external mouse and Keyboard. But on the other side I cannot just give up this amount of Display I have in T60p.

Can anyone give me a hint? How do they compare? Performance? Stability?

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#2 Post by dr_st » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:31 am

If you use the machines docked, with external peripherals most of the time, then issues like mobility, size, weight, battery life, internal display quality may be irrelevant. With that said:
  • X61 can only output to a single external display, VGA only; T60p allows you to have two external displays (DVI+VGA)
  • Your T60p is the fastest first generation Core Duo CPU. The X61s CPU is two generations newer, but probably lower clock speed, so performance should be comparable; The T60p CPU is 32-bit only, but the 3GB limit makes 64-bit OS not very useful on this generation anyways.
  • X61s supports 8GB RAM (natively) and SATA2 for the internal drive (if Middleton BIOS is installed)
  • T60p has ExpressCard (PCI-Express) whereas X61s has CardBus (PCI) only; in practice it means that you will not be able to expand X61s with ExpressCard-to-USB3.0 adapters.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 am

After a few small chassis-modifications put a 14.1" 4:3 T61 motherboard (Intel or nVidia NVS140M) in the T60p and convert it into a true FrankenPad with Middleton's BIOS.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#4 Post by wujstefan » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 am
After a few small chassis-modifications put a 14.1" 4:3 T61 motherboard (Intel or nVidia NVS140M) in the T60p and convert it into a true FrankenPad with Middleton's BIOS.
Up to 8GB RAM, SATA-II speed, 64-bit OS, Penryn CPU options T8100/T8300/T9300/T9500/X9000, etc.
Plus try a LED-mod of either mounting stock-Led hydis panel (better panel, more expensive), or get a led kit from xiphmont. This will make your panel super-bright.

If you are planning to use the dedicated graphics, nvs140m is somewhat on par with v5200m. X3100 from intel-based T61 is running cool and reliable. Some may say that nvs140m is prone to failures, but the truth is that so is ATI-based chip in your system. I've seen many of those units suffer from graphics ram failure. X3100 boards are cheap.

If you want to go fancy and oldschool you can also get a R61i 4:3 - it is pretty cheap and sports everything you need; plus has the option of non-touchpad palmrest and is scratch - resistant. You can move the display from yours T60p to R61i easily. Not much effort, much of effect.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#5 Post by BigCatAndy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:32 pm

Thanks for your opinion. I really tend to keep my T60p. I have X200s for mobile use, so T60p stays most of the time on my desk.
RealBlackStuff wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 am
After a few small chassis-modifications put a 14.1" 4:3 T61 motherboard (Intel or nVidia NVS140M) in the T60p and convert it into a true FrankenPad with Middleton's BIOS.
Up to 8GB RAM, SATA-II speed, 64-bit OS, Penryn CPU options T8100/T8300/T9300/T9500/X9000, etc.
Why should I modify T60p and build "Frankenpad" instead of buying real T61 or T61p?

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#6 Post by BigCatAndy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:34 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 am
If you want to go fancy and oldschool you can also get a R61i 4:3 - it is pretty cheap and sports everything you need; plus has the option of non-touchpad palmrest and is scratch - resistant. You can move the display from yours T60p to R61i easily. Not much effort, much of effect.
Hello, you mean, I could buy R61i and place my UXGA-display in it?

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#7 Post by BigCatAndy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:58 pm

wujstefan wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 am
If you want to go fancy and oldschool you can also get a R61i 4:3 - it is pretty cheap and sports everything you need; plus has the option of non-touchpad palmrest and is scratch - resistant. You can move the display from yours T60p to R61i easily. Not much effort, much of effect.
I found at eBay R61i of type 8943-DKG. Looks like it would match... But I thought, R-series had bad reputation. It was not so high-class as T-series was. Am I wrong here?

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#8 Post by madicetea » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:18 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:58 pm
wujstefan wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 am
If you want to go fancy and oldschool you can also get a R61i 4:3 - it is pretty cheap and sports everything you need; plus has the option of non-touchpad palmrest and is scratch - resistant. You can move the display from yours T60p to R61i easily. Not much effort, much of effect.
I found at eBay R61i of type 8943-DKG. Looks like it would match... But I thought, R-series had bad reputation. It was not so high-class as T-series was. Am I wrong here?

Thanks in advance,
Andrey
No, you are right. I've had R61, T61, and X61 all at the same time at one point and I couldn't stand how slow the R61 would run, even when I changed out the socketed CPU.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#9 Post by wujstefan » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:12 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:58 pm
I found at eBay R61i of type 8943-DKG. Looks like it would match... But I thought, R-series had bad reputation. It was not so high-class as T-series was. Am I wrong here?
R61i is performance-wise the same as T61, and is sturdier, harder and heavier than both T61 and T60. They were sold as budget because of being bulkyier, heavier and worse equipped. UXGA is a 1:1 replacement in this one, so is the battery. As for the rep - you may ask around here on the forum. I'm using mine everyday because I like its quality better than T601 I own, but it's a personal preference. I like it for being sturdy, scratch-resistant and able t have no-touchpad palmrest. R61i 4:3 is very rare in the US, and starts being rare in Europe.
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Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:18 am
No, you are right. I've had R61, T61, and X61 all at the same time at one point and I couldn't stand how slow the R61 would run, even when I changed out the socketed CPU.
Which pile of trash did you get yours R61 then? These are all the same, no difference in here performance-wise. X61 should be the slowest one in here due to T9300 being the fastest CPU possible. Middletoning needs a different approach. And this is it as we speak of performance difference. The only thing is the lack of dedicated graphics option in R-series. You can, however, cram a T500/R500 motherboard into R6x chassis.
Ah, out of this era only R61 was able to run blu-ray drive.

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#10 Post by madicetea » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:07 am

wujstefan wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:12 am
BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:58 pm
I found at eBay R61i of type 8943-DKG. Looks like it would match... But I thought, R-series had bad reputation. It was not so high-class as T-series was. Am I wrong here?
R61i is performance-wise the same as T61, and is sturdier, harder and heavier than both T61 and T60. They were sold as budget because of being bulkyier, heavier and worse equipped. UXGA is a 1:1 replacement in this one, so is the battery. As for the rep - you may ask around here on the forum. I'm using mine everyday because I like its quality better than T601 I own, but it's a personal preference. I like it for being sturdy, scratch-resistant and able t have no-touchpad palmrest. R61i 4:3 is very rare in the US, and starts being rare in Europe.
madicetea wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:18 am
No, you are right. I've had R61, T61, and X61 all at the same time at one point and I couldn't stand how slow the R61 would run, even when I changed out the socketed CPU.
Which pile of trash did you get yours R61 then? These are all the same, no difference in here performance-wise. X61 should be the slowest one in here due to T9300 being the fastest CPU possible. Middletoning needs a different approach. And this is it as we speak of performance difference. The only thing is the lack of dedicated graphics option in R-series. You can, however, cram a T500/R500 motherboard into R6x chassis.
Ah, out of this era only R61 was able to run blu-ray drive.

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And yeah R61 still makes a decent Windows 7 media machine. How I used mine until I sold it bundled with Microsoft Office at almost 10x what I bought it for.

Yeah, I heard about the motherboard transplant thing, but I've only tried it with an X61 so far (had to keep my Chinese permission to broadcast wifi sticker so it could still be used in China haha).
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#11 Post by dr_st » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:35 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:32 pm
Why should I modify T60p and build "Frankenpad" instead of buying real T61 or T61p?
Because a Frankenpad allows you to keep your 15" 4:3 IPS screen, which you could never get in actual T61/p units. Plus you get to keep a good-looking machine (T60) rather than one that looks like its chassis was designed by a drunk and blindfolded chimp. I'm not kidding. People actually built seemingly-useless 14" Frankenpads, just so they could get the symmetric screen bezel.
BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:34 pm
Hello, you mean, I could buy R61i and place my UXGA-display in it?
Yep, a 15" 4:3 R61 allows you to get the same effect with a much smaller effort (screen swap is easier than mobo swap and chassis modification), and you still get a good-looking machine since those computers are based on the previous design of the 15" R60 shell.
BigCatAndy wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:58 pm
R-series had bad reputation. It was not so high-class as T-series was. Am I wrong here?
Well, as you were already told - it is considered less high-end because of cheaper materials which translate into bigger bulk and higher weight. I don't think it is any less durable, though, and the plastic lid covers have the advantage that they don't look and feel like complete crap after the rubber paint coating wears off, like happens to the "higher-end" T/X series. :(

Edit: Well, dang! I talked it up so much that now I want an R61 15" 4:3 with UXGA IPS. :evil:
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#12 Post by wujstefan » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:50 am

dr_st wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:35 am
Edit: Well, dang! I talked it up so much that now I want an R61 15" 4:3 with UXGA IPS. :evil:
After using my Elitebook 8770w for couple of months I decided to roll back to this engineering marvel ;) Add in that LED Hydis AFFS screens are available again and, and for very reasonable price.

Anyway, to get back to the OP topic: if R61 is available to you, get it, swap the panel, sell the rest of your T60p - that would be mine recommendation. Or get it LED-modded as described on TheBoardRoom. Hydis AFFS are glorious panels. I could stare at them whole day. These has become cheap nowadays.

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#13 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:41 am

dr_st wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:35 am
People actually built seemingly-useless 14" Frankenpads, just so they could get the symmetric screen bezel.
Exactly! It's easier to get the 4:3 T61 and replace the top with a 14" T60 lid. Then you keep the T61's improved ventilation.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#14 Post by BigCatAndy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:19 pm

Hello everyone,

I think, I mad emy decision. I will definitelly keep T60p (although X61s is technically more modern). Also the switch to R61i wirh 4:3-display I will keep as an option. One can find some R61i on eBay in Germany.

But I have a huge problem - time. I cannot afford large "rebuilding" project of my laptop, just because it will last ever. What I decided - I will try to upgrade CPU to T7600 and to renew the cooler - sometimes it's too loud. I'm ready to tolerate the limit of 3 GB - at the present I have the maximum and it's OK for me.

Perhaps, for some of you it's not the best option, but I see it pragmatically - I will save time for migrating HDD, mounting the display, etc. My laptop will stay available all the time, and if everything goes correctly, I get faster and more silent laptop.

Now I need to find one T7600 CPU :-)

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#15 Post by BigCatAndy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:43 pm

I found one R61i of type 8943-DKG. At the present start price 50€ + price offers accepted. No HDD, no power supply. Just wondering, what it could cost now... 20€? 25€?
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#16 Post by dr_st » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:38 pm

BigCatAndy wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:19 pm
What I decided - I will try to upgrade CPU to T7600 and to renew the cooler - sometimes it's too loud.
A T2700->T7600 upgrade is hardly worth the cost. You will probably feel nothing (unless you really must have 64-bit). Although the CPUs are not as pricey as they used to be, they still command some premium for being the fastest CPUs available for this platform. I would find it hard to justify on a laptop that by your testimony has intermittent problems starting up, and may die any moment.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#17 Post by BigCatAndy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:58 pm

dr_st wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:38 pm
A T2700->T7600 upgrade is hardly worth the cost. You will probably feel nothing (unless you really must have 64-bit). Although the CPUs are not as pricey as they used to be, they still command some premium for being the fastest CPUs available for this platform. I would find it hard to justify on a laptop that by your testimony has intermittent problems starting up, and may die any moment.
I didn't expect that it would give minimal performance growth. Under this circumstances you are right. The CPU itself will definitelly cost some money, plus time to change - and then no performannce gain.. It's a kind of disappointing :-)

OK, looks like switch to R61i would be the most pragmatic way to go. Or spend some more money an buy T500/T510 with 1920 x 1080.

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#18 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:07 pm

BigCatAndy wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:58 pm
OK, looks like switch to R61i would be the most pragmatic way to go. Or spend some more money an buy T500/T510 with 1920 x 1080.

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T500 came with a 16:10 display or 1920x1200.
T510/20/20 came with a 16:9 display or 1920x1080.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#19 Post by BigCatAndy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:51 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:07 pm
T500 came with a 16:10 display or 1920x1200.
T510/20/20 came with a 16:9 display or 1920x1080.
I know. I meant the highest possible resolution. I understand that in the case I loose classical UXGA display.

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#20 Post by wujstefan » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:11 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:51 pm
I know. I meant the highest possible resolution. I understand that in the case I loose classical UXGA display.
Regards,
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It is possible (and not very complicated) to cram T500 motherboard into R61 4:3 chassis, thus getting a 4:3 thinkpad. Thisis time consuming however.

Take a shot and get the R61i. You found it really cheap, and the difference between T7600 and T9300 is reasonable. Plus, 8 gigs of DDR-2 is available on this system. Upgrading this one is the likes of 1hr of labour (RAM, CPU, SSD, display). They hit the 100Euros barrier easily and are getting more and more expensive. 50Euros for a decently shaped unit is the price I'd like to pay.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#21 Post by BigCatAndy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:57 am

wujstefan wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:11 am
Take a shot and get the R61i. You found it really cheap, and the difference between T7600 and T9300 is reasonable. Plus, 8 gigs of DDR-2 is available on this system. Upgrading this one is the likes of 1hr of labour (RAM, CPU, SSD, display). They hit the 100Euros barrier easily and are getting more and more expensive. 50Euros for a decently shaped unit is the price I'd like to pay.
The one I found has T5250, it is "only" 1,5 GHz... You convinced me, I made a price offer to the seller. Just waiting for his/her response.

But then another question to all gurus here: I have read that moving UXGA display into R61i would also mean exchange of the inverter, because original XGA inverter of R61i would not manage UXGA resolution. Is it correct?

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#22 Post by wujstefan » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:57 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:57 am
The one I found has T5250, it is "only" 1,5 GHz... You convinced me, I made a price offer to the seller. Just waiting for his/her response.
T8300 costs around 7Euros in EU
EDIT: middleton the board prior to CPU swap. There was no 4:3 unit that was native penryn-enabled.
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:57 am
But then another question to all gurus here: I have read that moving UXGA display into R61i would also mean exchange of the inverter, because original XGA inverter of R61i would not manage UXGA resolution. Is it correct?
In each and every R61i I've modded it worked witout any inverter switch, incl. LED Hydis screens, SXGA+, UXGA from both Boe-Hydis and ID-Tech, and Sharp panels.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#23 Post by BigCatAndy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:40 am

wujstefan wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:57 am
T8300 costs around 7Euros in EU
EDIT: middleton the board prior to CPU swap. There was no 4:3 unit that was native penryn-enabled.
In each and every R61i I've modded it worked witout any inverter switch, incl. LED Hydis screens, SXGA+, UXGA from both Boe-Hydis and ID-Tech, and Sharp panels.
Thanks for the hints.
I bought that part I mentioned earlier for 40€ incl. shipping. Perhaps, I really should start with modifing BIOS - in this way I open all possible features. And if I break it, then it's just 40€ :-)

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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#24 Post by BigCatAndy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:00 am

Just a question: why R61i and not R61 in gerenal? I observe now another R61 (completely equipped), with faster CPU (T7500, 2 GhZ). Would it match also? Actually, the same type (8943), but another letters at the end.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#25 Post by dr_st » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:25 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:00 am
Just a question: why R61i and not R61 in gerenal? I observe now another R61 (completely equipped), with faster CPU (T7500, 2 GhZ). Would it match also? Actually, the same type (8943), but another letters at the end.
It doesn't matter. As long as it's the 15" 4:3 (894x-xxx) type.

Where do you find all these 15" 4:3 R61's?
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#26 Post by wujstefan » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:10 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:00 am
Just a question: why R61i and not R61 in gerenal?
No difference. It's just more common on European marke :)
dr_st wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:25 am
Where do you find all these 15" 4:3 R61's?
These were pretty popular in EU, and are still available here; I guess German ebay or some loca aucton services. If need one give me a hint and I can hunt one for you - I do ship packages to the US time to time, and R61 are pretty common among the parcels :) It is not a problem to get a R61 here. It is a problem to get a decently shaped one :)
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#27 Post by BigCatAndy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm

dr_st wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:25 am
It doesn't matter. As long as it's the 15" 4:3 (894x-xxx) type.

Where do you find all these 15" 4:3 R61's?
German ebay + local offers/announcements. One can find R61/R61i relatively easy. Ok, the price can be unreal, but it's a problem of the sellers. :-)

I have one question: there is a German WiKi for Thinkpads, and they write, that R61i did not have Bluetooth (only one type had Bluetooth). Can anyone confirm it? The one I bought actually had a Bluetooth LED on the front panel. As far as I know, Lenovo does nothing just for fun. So,I suppose, there is a Bluetooth unit if the indicator is there.

I think now about my spontaneous upgrade project "Merge T60p with R61i or R61". :-) I know what I win - faster CPU, real 64 bit platform. But what will I loose? I know about the GPU (although I think, I will still perform my daily tasks with Intel GMA X3100 easily). What about my second HDD caddy in the DVD slot? Can I use it further? And can I use the DVD in the external USB box, where currently the DVD drive of T60p seats? Can I use my battery from T60p? Can I use my docking station (it is 2504, I suppose). My Bluetooth mouse?

Sorry, that I put so many questions. I always used only T-series, so I'm akind of "newbie" for R-series, and I don't know what it can, and what it cannot.
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#28 Post by wujstefan » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:51 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
I have one question: there is a German WiKi for Thinkpads, and they write, that R61i did not have Bluetooth (only one type had Bluetooth). Can anyone confirm it? The one I bought actually had a Bluetooth LED on the front panel. As far as I know, Lenovo does nothing just for fun. So,I suppose, there is a Bluetooth unit if the indicator is there.
There are no bad questions really :)

R61 4:3 all have bluetooth as far as I recall. At least I cannot recall seeing 4:3 LCD tape without bluetooth :D

What you loose with R61i vs T60p:
- graphics performance
- sleek design (for some, i.e. me this is not an issue at all)
And what you get:
- CPU performance
- 8Gb RAM capability
- better build (subjective)
- no-touchpad option
- reliability
- lower heat
- better battery life
- SATA-2 support
- BLU-RAY availability via ultrabay

Ultrabay in R61 is different type but compatible. All ultrabay devices ftom T6x wil work in R61.
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
What about my second HDD caddy in the DVD slot? Can I use it further?
Yes
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
And can I use the DVD in the external USB box, where currently the DVD drive of T60p seats?
Yes
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Can I use my battery from T60p?
Yes
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Can I use my docking station (it is 2504, I suppose).
Yes
BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
My Bluetooth mouse?
Yes
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Collectibles:
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#29 Post by dr_st » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:55 am

BigCatAndy wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm
German ebay + local offers/announcements. One can find R61/R61i relatively easy. Ok, the price can be unreal, but it's a problem of the sellers
I see plenty of R61's on ebay.de right now, but not a single of them is the 4:3 type... Maybe not all results are shown to searches from outside the EU? Or maybe I'm just dumb. ;) Go figure. I imagine local sellers would indeed have many more.
wujstefan wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:10 am
These were pretty popular in EU, and are still available here; I guess German ebay or some loca aucton services. If need one give me a hint and I can hunt one for you
Not right now, but maybe in the future. :) It would be an easier decision to make if the T60 hasn't been going strong. I do like "special" machines, so I might jump on the R61 15" Frankenpad. It's way more special than the "T601" Frankenpads. :lol:
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Re: Decision: T60p UXGA vs. X61s

#30 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:17 am

The 15" 4:3 R61 was only available with Intel graphics.
That's where 15" 4:3 T601 can shine.
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