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Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#1 Post by ibmfreak » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:41 pm

Hello

I have not followed the thinkpad scene for a long time. So I am little confused what should I buy.
My demands: Good screen, resolutio. Light weight, upgrades one could do self like ram, hard drive.
Please give some advice :D Thank you to all

I did like the 2018 macbook pro, but keyboard was not good.
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Re: Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#2 Post by dr_st » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:08 am

The latest X1 Carbon offerings are great in terms of screen size + resolution / size and weight proportions, but RAM is not upgradeable. Upgradeable RAM is going away on all new light-weight Thinkpads. If it's super-important to you, you'll have to get a heavier model or an older model.
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Re: Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#3 Post by keithsketchley » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:00 pm

Certainly could use a good comparison table, which may be somewhere on Lenovo's churned-never-better web site.


Some may have limitations on HDD/SSD upgrade.

X1 carbon models sound great, iterated through seven generations or more, but OOOH the price.
OTOH E390 is much lower price than T series and Xnnn series.

Lenovo is discounting heavily as I speak a week before Christmas 2019. But I don’t see how to filter their sale page to only show Thinkpads.


Does anyone know the difference between no-suffix, p-suffix, and s-suffix on recent models? (Meaning seems to have varied over the years.)

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Re: Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#4 Post by keithsketchley » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:21 pm

Correction, model is E590.

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Re: Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#5 Post by theterminator93 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:39 pm

They keep changing up suffix, no suffix, model line, etc. etc. so I'm not sure I know what's what these days. "s" at the end means the slimline model, usually at the cost of expansion or connectivity ports.

That said I'd say avoid the E series... they are a consumer grade product, not a corporate product. We were deploying the E series to clients for a while and they feel pretty cheap. If you can at all manage, get an L series instead of E series - it's a big jump in quality for the price. The L series is the entry level corporate line, and T series is mainstream. From there we have the X series ultraportables, P series workstations all similar to the T series for build quality.

I have a T25 which is very similar to the T470. Aside from the industry-wide sacrifices in terms of LEDs, ODDs, hot-swap bays etc. which (still, IMO) defined the brand, it is a solid machine. I do wish it had come out with 8th gen CPUs though.

My personal recommendation is a T480 or T490, or if you want the 15" version the T580/590. I believe those have the base RAM soldered but have one upgradeable DIMM slot? Screen options aren't too bad either. I've thought about getting an i7 WQHD T480 to frankenpad the T25 keyboard onto, but they're still kinda pricey when I find them in reasonable shape.
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Re: Time to buy thinkpad, which one?

#6 Post by keithsketchley » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:34 pm

"s" at the end means the slimline model, usually at the cost of expansion or connectivity ports."

Ah, thankyou!

Good for portability - USB pots for on the road, docking or equivalent adapter for desk.

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