Long story short, my beloved Z61p seems to by dying after 6 years of loyal service. It started having some issues that seem strongly correlated with overheating, which I may or may not be able to fix. Hopefully, things are not beyond repair. I want to fix that beast just for the principle that it can run another 6 years
But one should be prepared for the worst, so here I am looking for a replacement. After so long time, I am addicted to the trackpoint, to the decent keyboard and (relatively) decent display, and the reliability of the machine. I'd like to think that things have not changed much in ThinkPad world since. I am a little bit concerned about the chicklet-style keyboards, but I guess times change and so should we adapt (maybe). Meaning chicklet keyboards are not necessarily 'evil' and just like with normal keyboards, there are good and bad models.
So I am looking for a newer well-built, (relatively) silent, 14-15'' ThinkPad with decent keyboard and display. I also intend to use it as a 'media player', meaning it should be able to handle all kinds of HD content without any issues and it should be able to bitstream lossless HD audio. And if it can handle some basic MadVR, that would be grand! Now, from what I understand, newer ThinkPads only come with mini-DisplayPort and have problems with transporting any kind of audio. But I was hoping, maybe there are models with HDMI 1.4 that would fit in what I am looking for? Ideally, I would prefer 1920x1200 :coughs:, I mean 1920x1080, but I could also settle for smaller resolution.
Thanks for any ideas and glad to be back!
LED Display, very (very) bright and very sharp.
Quiet: (Fan does not run much, hard drive is near silent).
Cool: Not much heat.
Excellent Battery: will run 5 hours on the battery and "on" the whole time. Still nearly an hour left at that point.
Very light weight (just under 3 pounds)
Will run everything I want including virtual machines.
Has a standard VGA output port (this machine is only 90 days old), so I did not understand your comment very well.
HD screen (16:9 ratio). I have a seething dislike for anything but 4:3. Unfortunately 4:3 screens are not longer available.
Small screen: I have adapted to it (but not the 16:9).
Windows 8: Exceedingly unstable and unreliable. Most crash prone system ever developed. Yes I did the Windows Refresh. Sources of instability: Apple software, Lenovo software and Internet Explorer.
So far, the pros outweigh the cons and I like the small size and light weight.
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I am sure you didn't install Windows properly. (Isn't that what you used to tell people when they said XP wasn't stable? LOL!)jdhurst wrote:Windows 8: Exceedingly unstable and unreliable. Most crash prone system ever developed. Yes I did the Windows Refresh. Sources of instability: Apple software, Lenovo software and Internet Explorer.
Seriously, in my hands, 8 is the most stable Windows OS ever, followed by 2000 = Vista > 7 > XP > 95 > 98 >>> ME.
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It came preinstalled by Lenovo (I do not yet have recovery DVD's). I have done a Windows Refresh once.
In an effort to improve things, I uninstalled ALL Apple Software (nothing left), and most Lenovo Software (Settings Manager and Settings Dependencies but not regular drivers).
It is still unreliable but less unreliable in the past two weeks. Lenovo has had to reissue software that was broken and that has helped. But they are no longer looking at Windows Error Reporting (they said that one of my posts in the Lenovo forum) so nothing more is being fixed. I gave them the error reports but that has not helped.
It may be that the underlying lack of reliability is more a Lenovo issue and less a Windows 8 issue.
I have purchased a license for Windows 7 Pro (which works wonderfully well) and will probably format this X230 and upgrade it to Windows 7.
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Sorry to say, but you must have done at least something wrong. I have used Windows 8 since Developer preview, and currently have it on 4 of my machines. And the only unexpected shutdown i can recall, have been because of some nasty OC/undervolt/unlocks. Not something that is the systems fault.jdhurst wrote:Windows 8: Exceedingly unstable and unreliable. Most crash prone system ever developed. Yes I did the Windows Refresh. Sources of instability: Apple software, Lenovo software and Internet Explorer. So far, the pros outweigh the cons and I like the small size and light weight.JDH
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Nope: I used the Preload. The blame for the lack of reliability can be laid at Lenovo and Apple's feet. Look at the underlying mess iTunes is in. Apple does not want to support Windows - just MAC. Lenovo thinks "cool" is more important than quality.
Reliability has improved a bit since uninstalling ALL Apple and ALL Lenovo. Far fewer throw ups and crashes.
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