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Fast Recommendations . .

X200, X201, X220 (including equivalent tablet models) and X300, X301 series specific matters only.
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wjbmd48
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Fast Recommendations . .

#1 Post by wjbmd48 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:43 pm

Hi:

I'm looking for a replacement for the X40s we travel with. We do a bit of foreign pleasure travel, and have been using X40s with a lightweight version of encrypted linux (Lubuntu).

We use X40s because they're light enough to carry around, and cheap enough that if they get stolen or broken, it's not a big deal.

Unfortunately, even with an SSD HDD, they're becoming painfully slow.

So we're looking for something under 3 pounds, no optical needed, that is as fast as the T420s and X1 Carbon we use at home, and can be bought sans HDD/OS on eBay for under $100.

Does the 200 series fill the bill?

Any other recommendations?

Thanks

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:28 pm

X61s.
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#3 Post by wujstefan » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:59 am

X200 / X200s

I am using couple of those, great machines; last 12" before 16:9 became the only choice. $100 might be a bit narrow though. I'd say closer to $150 mark. X61s will definietely fit in the budget, albeit with the cost of bigger heat, worse battery life, worse screen brightness and lower overall performance.
Dailies:
X201s - travel / garage
HP Elitebook 8770w (FHD IPS, SSD, Q4000M, 16Gb) - daily
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T43 (LED Flexview UXGA), Z60t, G41, R30, R50e, R61i
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A31, R52p, T22, A22m, R40, T30, Z61m

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#4 Post by wjbmd48 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:59 am

Thanks all, greatly appreciated!

Bill

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#5 Post by bloovis » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:33 am

I second the recommendation for an X200s. I run Linux Mint 18 on mine, and it's plenty fast. I also like the 1440x900 display resolution.
X200s (Linux Mint 18), T61 (Linux Mint 17), X60s (Linux Mint 17), T60p (Linux Mint 18), R61 (Linux Mint 16), X41 (Linux Mint 13), R50p (Linux Mint 13), A21m (Linux Mint 7), 380Z (TinyMe Linux, inactive)

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#6 Post by skx » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:48 am

x220, still faster than light, i work permanently abroad in volatile contexts and my x220 is my best companion. not heavy, very solid and bloody fast running Debian Linux with 8gb ram and SSD.
ThinkPad X220: i5-2520M CPU 2.5GHz - 8GB RAM 1333 MHz - SSD 860 EVO 250GB - Debian Stretch
ThinkPad X230: i5-3320M CPU 3.3GHz - 8GB RAM 1600 MHz - SSD 860 EVO 500GB - Debian Stretch

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#7 Post by wujstefan » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:30 am

wjbmd48 wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:43 pm
for under $100
skx wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:48 am
x220 is my best companion. not heavy, very solid and bloody fast running Debian Linux with 8gb ram and SSD.
I don't think his is possible :)
Dailies:
X201s - travel / garage
HP Elitebook 8770w (FHD IPS, SSD, Q4000M, 16Gb) - daily
Collectibles:
T43 (LED Flexview UXGA), Z60t, G41, R30, R50e, R61i
Under construction:
A31, R52p, T22, A22m, R40, T30, Z61m

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Re: Fast Recommendations . .

#8 Post by Billaboard » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:41 am

The X220T I recently got in the UK cost just over 100 UK Pounds. It came with 4GB ram and a 500GB disk. I'd have thought that a non-T X220 in the US without HD ought to be in the $100 price range.
Now I've fitted the mSATA boot disk, it is really fast and I'm delighted with it. The mSATA does mean giving up WWAN, though.

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