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What's the best thinkpad I can get with a serial port

#1 Post by jedisurfer1 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:04 pm

What's the best thinkpad or best laptop with a serial port. Company I consult with has lots of RS-232 equipment and the prolific usb serial sometimes doesn't work with some devices (though I may have been shipped a clone of a prolific chip from amazon).
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:30 pm

IBM/Lenovo is no longer an option since the T30, but you could consider this: a Serial Port ExpressCard, such as
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6839328018

Such a card will fit in any new(er) laptop with ExpressCard slot, such as mentioned here:
http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-237 ... slots.html

Or check the competition as mentioned here: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductL ... Submit=ENE
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#3 Post by dr_st » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:35 pm

T6x support an Ultrabay Parallel/Serial adapter that connects to the native port on the board, no?
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:53 pm

jedisurfer1 wrote:
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:04 pm
What's the best thinkpad or best laptop with a serial port. Company I consult with has lots of RS-232 equipment and the prolific usb serial sometimes doesn't work with some devices (though I may have been shipped a clone of a prolific chip from amazon).
You should be able to find a fairly recent ToughBook with a serial port. Having said that, they are generally on the heavy side, even business-rugged units like CF-52/53.
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#5 Post by theterminator93 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:03 pm

Correct, the T60/61 supports the parallel/serial port Ultrabay adapter (if you can find one). I have one that I use with my T601F and it works well, however if I eject/remove it to use a different ultrabay device (e.g. DVD drive, HDD or 2nd battery), if I re-insert it, it won't be recognized until I reboot.

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#6 Post by NonesensE » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:32 pm

The X6x* support the parallel/serial port ultrabay adapter, too, through the ultrabase (portable docking station).
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#7 Post by ZaZ » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:43 pm

I seem to recall the Dell Latitude D630 having am on-board serial port. It's not as rugged as the ToughBook, but considerably lighter.
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a

#8 Post by jdrou » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:10 pm

ZaZ wrote:
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:43 pm
I seem to recall the Dell Latitude D630 having am on-board serial port. It's not as rugged as the ToughBook, but considerably lighter.
Yes that was one of the last laptops to have it. I picked up a couple from ebay for that reason. So far I've been able to use USB adapters for everything I needed though.
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#9 Post by jaspen-meyer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:25 pm

The T400 is the last thinkpad with a serial port -- but there's a hitch. The port isn't exposed, which is to say there is no physical port on the notebook. You need a 2504 docking station.
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a serial port

#10 Post by Saucey » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:17 pm

Someone recycled an HP Probook 6550b at my work and I fixed it up for resale.
I was surprised to find a serial port on the machine.
I don't care for its size and form factor... no trackpoint in the model I was using, but it does have a 1st gen i5 and AMD Radeon HD 4550 graphics.
Still, the 720p 15.6" display isn't so satisfying to see, dunno if they have switchable graphics, battery reported 2 hours of life at 80%...
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a serial port

#11 Post by jedisurfer1 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:28 pm

Thanks guys, I just used my trusty x61t with the dock, it's a bit thicker than I like considering it's 2017 but it does the job and it costs me $0 since I already have a few laying around. Plus the sxga+ is still the best screen/size/ratio combo I've ever run into.
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Re: What's the best thinkpad I can get with a serial port

#12 Post by rkawakami » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:11 pm

jedisurfer1 wrote:
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:04 pm
What's the best thinkpad or best laptop with a serial port.
I'd vote for a 600X with a 650Mhz CPU :)
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