I like Louis, and he says many correct and to-the-point things in his videos (although he takes a l-o-n-g time to say them).
He spoke at great length in the past about why the new keyboard is terrible, as was the new clickpad (which was quickly reverted), and a lot of his points hit home with me.
But this video, well...
Starts with a 10-minute rant about how the price is high, the specs are sh!tty, and the price is ridiculous for the specs. Well, first of all - it's all false
. It has been noted time after time that configuring a similarly specced T470 (remember the 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, i7 CPU, touch screen, 3-year warranty)
will cost roughly the same. In fact, it will cost more than $1900, but right now Lenovo's sale on their websites slashes the price down so it's less. The P50 with similar specs will be even more. It seems that many folks here fall for the same fallacy. You cannot just take the single configuration of the T25 and compare it to the absolute rock-bottom Thinkpad Lenovo will let you configure on their website. It's not apples-to-apples, it's not fair, it conveys the wrong message and focuses on the wrong things.
He also complains about the -U CPU versus HQ CPU. Well, as long as you are building a single model - you have to choose one, and no matter what you choose, someone will hate it. He is upset because he wants a quad core workstation for video editing? If he had gotten that, someone else would be upset that they are forced-fed a power hungry brick of a CPU that they don't need, because all their number crunching is done on some server, and they just need a portable machine to write/code/browse the web.
In the end the only valid thing here is a complaint that there is a single configuration, and that the keyboard has not just been installed on every Thinkpad in Lenovo's lineup. Well, it is what it is.
Then he goes for another 10-minute rant about the screen and Apple, and how Apple innovates because it always gets unique high-res LCDs that no one else has, and Lenovo is crap, etc, etc. Lenovo is Lenovo and Apple is Apple. The fundamental approach of the companies is known and has not change in over a decade. Any expectations that Lenovo would suddenly 'pull an Apple' in regards to this particular aspect were mostly unfounded. The only thing that's really disappointing and unexpected here is the lack of QHD option or at least QHD support (this is still in my mind the single biggest flaw of the system)
The one point I can agree with wholeheartedly in this video is that Lenovo's attitude "here's a bone for the retro fans" instead of "we are correcting a bad mistake here" is annoying, and sorely disappointing. I believe that most of the disappointed crowd here ready to "weep and/or despair" also sees that as the problem. As always, I choose to look at the "glass half-full". It is still one model with a good keyboard, now available after 7 years of drought.
It is not easy for a corporation to come and say "we screwed up" openly, just like it is not easy for individuals. Especially when there are some directions from which the "screw-up" does not seem like a screw-up (people are still buying Thinkpads, no?) If there is any way to encourage Lenovo to adopt the change and "fix back" more models, it's through making T25 a success story.
I can understand people who say that they will not buy it, because it simply does not meet their needs (need a bigger / higher-res screen / cannot under penalty of death work with 16:9 / etc. etc.) Or maybe they don't need / want a laptop at all right now. But if this is a model that could in principle work for you (for example if you are still happy to cling on to your T420s/T430s with FHD IPS mod), and you were considering to purchase this "retro Thinkpad", and now you say you won't, because you feel offended, cheated, whatever - well, you are in your right, of course, but I think the attitude is wrong, and in the end you will be shooting yourself in the foot with it.