My trusty X220 is functioning for years now (i5-2520M CPU, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung SSD, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit), but it has suffered some damage over these years (a broken USB connection, damage to the palm rest above the left side etc.), and I am starting to think about upgrading.
My options are:
- replace the palmrest only (I have an average ability of disassembling/reassembling Thinkpads), clean keyboard and CPU (that leaves the damaged USB, though)
- get an X230 and a X220 palmrest and upgrade the keyboard (I suppose that moving the existing SSD is OK, or will I have to go through hoops with Windows?)
- get a T420 (more screen estate), can I move the existing SSD to it without hiccups?
I also believe Win7 Win10 works well... also if you run Win7 on the x220 you can flat transfer it over if its running SLIC and you can just fix dev. manager.
Granted these units are super cheap now. I love them but really I have much newer units.
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- get either a new X220 palmrest and an X230 (or just an X230 motherboard).
- or get a T430 (it can use the X220 keyboard)
Both will need the EC-mod to allow for X220/T420 keyboard.
The X230 will also want the battery-test-removal included with the X230 EC-mod.
All the above options will give you USB3.0 and you can put your 'old' SSD in the new machine.
It may require a few W7 driver-updates.
But I would suggest to freshly install W8.1 (NOT W8) on it, enhanced with the ClassicShell: http://www.classicshell.net/
W8.1 is still supported for a few more years.
X220/X230 should have at least an IPS HD screen.
T420/T430 are not known for decent screens, standard is HD or HD+, both without IPS option.
Both above X/T can be modded to get an IPS FHD screen.
If 7-row keyboord is NOT a must, look for a T440p instead.
It needs its clunkpad replaced, but is otherwise THE most upgradable Thinkpad in the last 5 years.
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I think that I'll do at first a palmrest replacement (these seem to be around ten EUR), and combine it with a clean up of the keyboard etc.
The T480 is intriguing as well, but it seems that I'll have to go into Windows 10, and I am not enthusiastic about this prospect. It seems that the T490 has abandoned the SD reader for a microSD (what were they thinking?!? as I shoot lots of photos, an internal SD reader is extremely useful).
What's the consensus on the T480 keyboard? is it usable? (I am a touch typist).
as I am still waiting for a replacement palmrest, I got a T480.
The main differences, besides the more neutral screen colors (my X220 has a rather bluish cast) and size, are in the keyboard. Quite different, and the UK layout is a bit different than my US keyboard of the X220, but I think that I'll manage.
I have both T420 and T420s and I always grab my X220.
When my X220 was out of commission for a few days while upgrading wifi chip, I used the T420s with 1600x900. Boy was I glad to go back to the X220! It's the perfect size and IPS screen is a lot more pleasant.
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