My thinkpad collection
Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:01 pm
My first thinkpad was a T410, it was a nice machine but i cheated it with an Elitebook in the end. After a while, myself left with the taste of thinkpad in my heart, i came across a Thinkpad T40 offered to me for next to nothing and bought it. Asked for help from the community and got helped with all of my questions. The community, the affordibility, the cheap spareparts and moddability of thinkpads got me hooked to thinkpadding
Ever since the T40, i have been on the hunt for thinkpads whether in fleamarkets, online listings, local shops and i bought many and sold many. Sold many because i am not into collecting unless the device is in pristine condition, i can't sell a perfect machine with the fear of "what if i can't find again " , so i kept buying, assembling 2-3 devices to make a perfect one to my liking etc, regular stuff any thinkpadder usually does. I wanted to share my humble collection briefly. I listed the devices in order its value in my eyes. I happen to keep thinkpads with no pressure marks nor yellowish screen, i always search for used working batteries for my devices.
1- Thinkpad T23
Pentium 3 1200mhz, 1gb sdram, s3 supersavage 16mb, 14.1" xga, factory installed wifi, 64gb msata ssd, windows 2000.
T23 had some minor issues when i got it. non functional lid button switch, square white spot in the middle of the screen, dead battery, usual right side of the palmrest crack. I don't really know what is so special about T23 but it holds its place as my most beloved TP of all times. I was able to fix all of its issues, including the white spot in the screen, sourced two working batteries, i even imported 1gb sdram for it from china. It is running like a poem with W2K, quite snappy, great speakers and eventho the screen is just a TN XGA, its colors and brightness are so appealing to my eyes. The cpu p3m-1200mhz tualatin and graphics chip S3 brings me to the nostalgia train cause it was the first vga chip in my first computer. It is quite capable for the likes of Half-life, quake2 or 3. T23 holds its special place in my collection as a device that i would never consider parting ways. A true champion, mvp, king of the hill whatever.
2- Thinkpad T43p
PM 2.13ghz, 2gb ram, 64gb samsung ssd with adapter, 300mbps wifi n card, firegl v3200, windows 7
Bought this one from someone in another city, only saw some blurry photos of it before buying. I had no idea that it would have been in pristine condition. It only missed the hdd cover, had a small crack under the bottom housing that i was able to epoxy nicely and source hdd cover. Its screen is so beautiful to look at even by todays standarts, No issues with the lcd, perfect. it is always been a joy to use. Upgraded the cpu to 2.13ghz pentium m, 64gb ssd, it is sporting windows 7 fluently, It runs windows 10 nicely as well tho not as great as win7 for sure. Using it as a tv with pcmcia avermedia card, I am able to watch youtube at 1080p with potplayer, it has respectable graphics power for games until 2005-06. It is a keeper and every thinkpadder should have one of these beasts in their collection.
3- Thinkpad X32
Pentium M 1.7ghz, 2gb ram, 16mb radeon 7000, 12.1" xga, 64gb msata ssd, windows xp
X32 was like a myth to me cause its rarity is repeatedly posted by thinkpadders, so i never thought i could get my hands on a X32. Lol, I got not one but two X32 here and surprisingly both are pristine like new condition. I couldn't find any faults with them and I usually do. They came with X3 docking stations with %90 life batteries. Being a fan of X41 series, performance of X32 blew my mind. X32 has real cpu instead of the low power cpu variants of X40 and X41 series. These little fellas could easily had 2nd place in my list if i wasn't sentimental about my UXGA T43p
4- Thinkpad T61
Intel T8300, 4gb ram, 120gb 840pro ssd, 5300agn, 14.1" 1280x800 display, x3100 vga, windows 7
I got two of these 14.1" widescreen T61's. The first one was X3100 variant with perfect working condition with a flawless bright, nice contrasted 1280x800 panel. It had some cracks at the side of the bottom housing and palmrest, no battery included. The second one arrived 3 days later, nvs140m variant with 1440x900 panel with some tiny pressure marks, no battery included.. NVS140m board had a strange issue where it auto powers up when connected to ac adapter. I wasn't able to fix it by replacing the dc jack or cleaning the board, good news it didn't have cracks with bottom housing nor palmrest. Made a thread about these recently and deciced to assemble a perfect INTEL X3100 T61 and i did. It runs windows 7 super smooth, youtube in browser 1080p is not an issue at all, plays half-life 2 and unreal 2004 with maximum settings at 1280x800. Machine runs quite cool and silent as well cause i put the FX570m heatsink fan I still feel lucky to source a 9cell panasonic battery with %70 life for this device, it is a keeper in my collection when i need more computing power.
5- Thinkpad T42p
Pentium M 765 2.1ghz, 2gb ram, 160gb hm160hc hdd, 15" uxga panel, 128mb firegl T2, windows xp
Bought it yesteday, still so fresh in my collection. I always thought T42p was rarer than T43p over here. Its keyboard was missing like %90 of its keys. The screen had ink lines drawed with a pen possibly by a child who abused the machine. Cleaned the lcd with baby wipes, all lines went away, left me with a perfect UXGA screen, no pressure marks etc. Thing is running hot, i need a longfan for this device, if it doesnt help, i may replace pm765 with pm745. It is in perfect condition right now with no cracks or etc, runs with windows xp.
6- Thinkpad T60
T7400, 3gb ram, 14.1" 4:3 1400x1050, 64mb x1300, 5300agn, 120gb ssd, windows 7
Always on the hunt for a T60 sxga+ or T60p in good condition, got this device with T5500 cpu, upgraded straight to T7400,3gb ram, 5300wifi etc. It runs super cool with T7400, absolutely silent. I would have ranked this one better if the colors of its inferior samsung sxga+ panel were more lively. Still, it is a milestone in thinkpads history and a keeper, being my most powerful 4:3 Tp after all. Got a 6 cell panasonic battery with %80 life.
7- Thinkpad X41 Tablet
Pentium M 1.5ghz lv, 2gb ram, 32gb msata ssd, 12.1" xga ips panel, GMA 900, windows xp
I have always been a fan of X41 devices, eventough X41T isn't as much loved as a regular X41 by myself, i value this one because it is in pristine condition. Need a working battery for this one and unfortunately it is not easy to find a working one for cheap here.
8- Thinkpad 701CS
Got this one today, i am not into this kinda of old devices but the uniquness of the keyboard and rarity of one, let alone a working one. I am going to sell it buy more thinkpads to my liking.
9- Thinkpad T43
Pentium M 1.86ghz, 2gb ram, 80gb 7200rpm hdd, 64mb radeon x300, windows xp, 14" xga
Not much to say about this one, it is a nice machine but it is going to be sold to make room for other devices.
10- Thinkpad X41 halftop
PM 1.5ghz,2gb ram, GMA 900, no panel
This one will have its place upper in the list when i find lcd for it. It is super light and cute atm, i like it
I have a pristine A30p with uxga panel with dead mobo and a X61 with dead mobo that couldn't make it into the photos, maybe one day, i could get mobos for them. I also have two pieces of A20m with orange panels rusting in the attic. I am on the hunt for devices like TP 600x, X61s, G41, Z61p, T60p, T61p...