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Thinkpad 25 triple-screen desk setup with IBM Thinkvision L200p monitors

#1 Post by dr_st » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:04 pm

My current office setup

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The TP25 supports 3 simultaneous display outputs (The T410 without Optimus only supported 2), so I added a third IBM L200p to the existing two, for my first ever triple-monitor desk setup.

The Thinkvision L200p is an IPS UXGA (1600x1200) monitor. These units are probably 13-14 years old, and still hold up impressively well (although obviously lost some brightness which was not so high to begin with). I run them all on 100% brightness to be comfortable (in comparison, my DELL monitors at home are rarely run over 50% brightness). The L200p is not the last 20" UXGA Thinkvision - it was succeeded by the L201p, with a thinner bezel and an improved stand which was less stiff and also supported pivot - but somehow L201p units were much less abundant in the wild - I don't think I've ever seen one in use.

The monitors are all connected to the Ultra Dock:
1. Dock DP (Display Output 1) ⟶ DP-to-DVI dongle ⟶ Monitor DVI
2. Dock DVI (Display Output 2) ⟶ Monitor DVI
3. Dock VGA (Display Output 3) ⟶ Monitor VGA

The dock only has 2 digital video outputs shared between the 4 connectors, so the third output has to be VGA. It is a bit blurrier, which is easy to notice if you are used to 100% sharp digital displays, but it does not affect comfort. I could get a third digital output out of the Thunderbolt or HDMI connectors on the laptop itself, but that would ruin the snap-on docking experience. Out of curiosity, I tried a a 4-display configuration (including the laptop LCD), but I believe this is not supported - Windows would detect all 4 displays, but would only display to 3 of them (any combination).

The keyboard is the IBM/Lenovo Enhanced Performance USB Keyboard. I've been using them almost exclusively for the past 10 years, and I really like them. Wrote about my experience a bit here. The mouse is the popular at one time Logitech MX518. It is very comfortable to me, but the rubberized coating on the sides is wearing off somewhat (after 5.5 years of regular use).

Also pictured: USB 3.0 hub (as there are no conveniently accessible USB ports when the laptop is docked), Rubik's Cube, Rubik's Void Cube, Square-1. No, my desk is not normally this tidy - I cleaned it up for the photo.
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Re: Thinkpad 25 triple-screen desk setup with IBM Thinkvision L200p monitors

#2 Post by micrex22 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:35 pm

The L200p displays use LG panels internally. You'll note that they have a surprisingly low ghosting rate, making them pretty darn decent for gaming!

LG panels for some reason are designed very well in that regard. I may even like LG over IDtech :p

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Re: Thinkpad 25 triple-screen desk setup with IBM Thinkvision L200p monitors

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:56 pm

I like the 2001FP the best. I just find the IBM monitors a bit ugly. The Dell panel is nothing short of amazing, so probably a very similar panel.

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I also see your keyboard has those rare grey keys like my X60s.

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Re: Thinkpad 25 triple-screen desk setup with IBM Thinkvision L200p monitors

#4 Post by dr_st » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:02 am

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:56 pm
I like the 2001FP the best. I just find the IBM monitors a bit ugly. The Dell panel is nothing short of amazing, so probably a very similar panel.
Yeah, the looks of the L200p are nothing to write home about. As I said, the L201p slightly improved on that, but those monitors are kinda rare.

Almost all IPS panels of that generation were produced by LG (actually LG-Philips). I have a DELL 2007FP myself with an LG-Philis IPS panel, which is more than 10 years old at this point. It still looks great, but is slightly yellower at the right half compared to the left (I don't know if it developed it at some point or whether I just did not notice at first).
Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:56 pm
I also see your keyboard has those rare grey keys like my X60s.
No, that's just the lighting. Both Enter keys are blue.
micrex22 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:35 pm
The L200p displays use LG panels internally. You'll note that they have a surprisingly low ghosting rate, making them pretty darn decent for gaming!

LG panels for some reason are designed very well in that regard. I may even like LG over IDtech :p
Apparently, not all LG IPS panels are equal. :) I distinctly remember a huge difference in ghosting between my 2007FP (LG 20" UXGA) and T42's Flexview LCD (LG 15" SXGA+). I think desktop panels have always been ahead of laptop panels in most parameters, ghosting included.
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Retired: X61 7673-V2V, T60 1952-F76, A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad

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