What exactly was the R series trying fit?

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What exactly was the R series trying fit?

#1 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Fri May 26, 2017 10:53 am

According to Thinkwiki, the R-Series was meant to be a cheaper model, which does make sense for the E/I type R series, but otherwise they usually come with more features (Firewire, QXGA LCD on R50p, S-Video(I think), Etc..). It would seem like it would be the heavy desktop replacement machine like the A series but that was the point of the A30 while the R30 was out. It also isn't very heavy compared to any other Thinkpad. I also don't get the point of the amber leds that the R series used. Are while leds more expensive or what? Also, are the R series any different than the T series, especially in the 6x/400/500 series?? Is confusing!

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Re: What exactly was the R series trying fit?

#2 Post by Puppy » Fri May 26, 2017 11:15 am

R series were noticeably cheaper than their T siblings having similar configuration but 1 cm more thicker. For instance my R51 (that had similar specs to T42) was more than 25% cheaper 13 years ago.
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Re: What exactly was the R series trying fit?

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Fri May 26, 2017 12:40 pm

R-series was built of different plastics to make it cheaper. I recall R60 series was all ABS, like the Z-series, unlike the T-series that's built of metal alloys. Also in the R50-T40 gen, T-series had some magnesium frame pieces in its base while R-series used plastic parts instead, for example in the battery bay.
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