First post here so please excuse my lack of computing jargon if you will, i’ve been looking to getting into Thinkpads for a long time now as i just enjoy computers and it seems like thinkpads are the only ones which ive found that do it all. Mac is way too institutionalised for me. Sometimes i just want an escape from such ‘work-machines’ as my son likes to call them.
I havent found any models that i specifically like but am looking for a fairly small, compact or old thinkpad. To be honest, i quite like the x230 but sometimes it feels a little fragile. So, i have been looking at the x60 and x61 series. I am really not sure where to start so if anyone could give some advice, or models or literally anything, i would be grateful
I have a background in programming so i have been looking for something to just chill out with and make my own. Thanks guys.
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If by old you mean like the more classic designed business class machines up to like early 2010s that is still compact, yeah that would be the X220/X230 series. My mum had one and well just like the T520/T530 series the palmrest plastics don't age the best and it had to be swapped out completely mid-life because it was in pieces. But they do have metal lids and metal bottom chassis which lasts well. Similarly T420s/T430s also have a metal bottom chassis (but plastic lid and I've seen one with a broken hinge sadly).DabigV wrote: ↑Fri Oct 27, 2023 7:31 amI havent found any models that i specifically like but am looking for a fairly small, compact or old thinkpad. To be honest, i quite like the x230 but sometimes it feels a little fragile. So, i have been looking at the x60 and x61 series. I am really not sure where to start so if anyone could give some advice, or models or literally anything, i would be grateful
X60/X61 may be a bit too old to buy one today and dedicate it as your daily driver although it is certainly possible with the X61 if you really appreciate 4:3 screens.
Alternatively, the competitor for X220/X230 series is the HP Elitebook 2560p and 2570p. HP's offerings are bulkier but they are solid as a rock and they have socketed CPU's whereas X220/X230/T420s/T430s all have soldered ones.
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One of my T42 laptops is in daily use as a music machine; the W530 is my main machine; and I play around with the others as and when. I especially like the X230, T430, and the T61. The last is now a bit long in the tooth and RAM for it is expensive. But with enough RAM (min 8gb I suggest) the 30 generation machines are entirely usable, and unless you do a lot of video editing they are quite fast enough for normal tasks.
They are also cheap of course, so if they pack up after a couple of years it's no big deal.
I do suggest getting docks for all of them. They're very cheap now, and make life much simpler.
Anyway, if you're looking for a tip about which one to buy without breaking the bank, I'd definitely suggest a T430 or T530, or perhaps an X230 if you want something small. Those T machines are very upgradeable. Later models, less so.
And if you need a numeric keypad, go for a T or W 540 or a W541. The 540 machines have a nasty trackpad, so it's best to use them with a mouse.
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