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I own (too) many portables, but the only portables that I enjoy using are the old X series (circa X200s). I even have an X61 that I saved from being scrapped. It's a very good Linux portable. "Retro" to me means
a) the quality of the keyboard*,
b) the absence of a (troublesome, space-wasting) touchpad,
c) the simplicity of the ThinkLight,
d) matte screen*, "non-touch",
e) compatibility with Linux*, and
f) the upgradability of components*
If I can also have B and C, I'll call the Lenovo product (if there is one) a "classic" and my money will be ready. But I have doubts -- Lenovo currently has more models than I have opinions. I have been buying Dells in recent years.
I've been considering the Dell XPS 13 with Linux and a full HD screen for my next purchase. I'll be following the Retro project with great interest, but my bet is that the result will be a continued compromise that won't differ from the XPS 13 in any meaningful way.
-a good keyboard, that's almost certain.
-a non 16:9 screen, that's certain. could be only 16:10, but it is still better.
- more servicability.
the rest is less clear...
XPS 13 has a nice screen/bezel, but the rest is garbage if you want my opinion.
Work - Win7/X220T BunsenLabs 9.4 T60p
Retired T60/X30/X31/X61S RIP R61/T400/T21/T43/X61T/X200T
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