I'm looking for a recommendation for a ThinkPad with the following specifications:
- ExpressCard slot: For external GPU, if possible.
- Built-in USB 3.0 ports, at least one.
- Socketed processor.
- Compatability with maximum battery attachments.
I would prefer the larger form factor if it means bigger screen and better thermals, alas, that is not a choice.
While it's possible to insert the UltraBay battery into the T430, too bad it isn't supported, only by the T430s.
T430 are plenty here.
These are the things I'm going to do/mod the T430:
- Probably 7-row keyboard (does the T420 7-row keyboard have different manufacturer and feel like the T450 trackpad situation?)
- BIOS mod for Wi-Fi whitelist (I know I need to pay for this) and EC patch for 7-row keyboard (if I ended getting it).
- ME clean.
- Replace the screen alongside the LVDS to eDP adapter.
- Get Broadcom Wi-Fi alongside a second Wi-Fi adapter that supports packet injection for use with aircrack-ng, also better Linux support, I guess?
- How hard to get a replacement screen that doesn't flicker?
- Is it worth it to get the WQVGA upgrade screen instead of the FHD screen?
- Did someone actually managed to fit the MacBook-only i7 with Iris Pro graphics without throttling to hell?
- Do Corebooted ThinkPads have the same BIOS options/customizibility as BIOS-modded ThinkPads?
- Can I change the bootscreen for BIOS-modded (not Coreboot) ThinkPads?
While I don't really understand the fad behind classic 7-row keyboards and trackpad, I would like to try it for myself to see how it feels to live with it.
I don't have problems with disassembling things apart, but do anyone sells pre-modded ThinkPaads?
Thank you very much for the help.