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Looking for fastest Thinkpad w SoundMax chip & PC Card Slot

#1 Post by Krillo » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:49 am

Hi all,

This is kind of my first post here. I did have a previous accound, but my ISP has shut down their e-mail server, so I can't recover my password.

Anyhow, I'm mostly an audio guy and musician and I'm looking for a used Thinkpad.
Audio performance will be a priority, although I have a desktop PC for musicproduction. I had a X31 which I really loved, but the motherboard finally died, and there are snappier machines out there. I have had other laptops and the (uncrippled verion! of) SoundMax audio chip with line-in is a must for me. Also I would like the laptop to have either PCMCIA or ExpressCard slot if I would decide to get a dedicated audio interface. So my question is what model of Thinkpads are the fastest that have these features? Screen size etc are really less important for me. I would like it to be a really quiet laptop, ie low fan noise, just like the X31 or better. The most CPU demanding I will be doing is watching fullscreen (flash) video.

I hope I posted in the right forum :)

thanks!

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#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:04 am

I think the T60 was the last good one.
On T61/R61/X61 it was crippled.
And after your X31, the best same-size would probably be the X60/X60s.
The newer X300 also has Soundmax, but I don't know details and/or if it it also crippled.
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Re: Looking for fastest Thinkpad w SoundMax chip & PC Card S

#3 Post by Krillo » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:35 am

thanks for the info :)

I notice that some (all after X31?) have combined mic / line inputs, hm...

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#4 Post by Krillo » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:11 pm

Which ones that have only mic-in have line-in on the docking station? I used to have a hp / compac nc6220 that was this way, so pulled out the optical drive and soldered in two 1/4" jacks for the line-ins. I could do that again, as long as I know the drivers aren't crippled...

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