I got my X201 about two years ago now, and it's pretty nice, except that even when I got it the screen was crummy. Additionally, my particular specimen has light spots on the screen in places. I mostly got used to it, but then I obtained an old PowerBook G4 (which I put Debian on) and I was blown away by just how much better its 2004-era TN panel was than the 2010 panel in my X201 (which is by far the better peformance machine).
So I got thinking about upgrading the LCD again. I know that the AFFS and PVA panels are pretty good, but I'd love higher resolution so I'm wondering if anyone here has used both 1280x800 TN and 1440x900 TN panels in X200's/X201s and can tell me how they compare. I'd be OK with inferior viewing angles if the colors of the 1440x900 panel are better than what I have now.
If it's worse, I'll probably go with the AFFS/PVA route. Are the X200 AFFS/PVA screens interchangeable with the X201 ones, if you also swap out the stuff for driving the CCFL?
(BTW, if anyone has one (AFFS/PVA or 1440x900, I'm not picky) and wants a brand new LCD for a Dell Latitude D620, I'd love to trade for it - I don't need the LCD I bought for mine anymore, since the motherboard failed while it was in the mail.)
I have occasionally seen a decent TN panel like the MacBook Air or 1st gen X1 Carbon, though they're still not near as good as an IPS screen, but in my experience, they're the exception to the rule. You might be able to find a newer old ThinkPad like the X240 that offered a FHD option. Most programs where you'd want more screen real estate like a browser, office document or PDF, have the option to make text smaller, which would have the same effective as more resolution.
X301 SU9400 IDA Mod - W 7 / X201 540M - W 7 / X220 2520 - W7
X61 T7500 / T43's / T42
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