When I say the T4x is better than the T6x, I'm not referring to the hardware specs. I'm referring to the materials used, the assembly and the aesthetics. The plastic used on the T4x seems like they sourced a better grade of plastic that feels denser and does not flex as much - In general, feels more "solid" instead of the "hollowness" felt in cheaper laptops. It's hard to describe, but I'm much happier holding my T43 than my T61p.QWERTY Andreas wrote: You might be right on this one, but i don't have a T6x and T4x from the same time, so i can't tell. It is hard to determine, but you might be right. But i haven't had any problem on my TPs.
But ont he bottomline, both are extremely well build machines. I just can't get how the T4X is so much better than the T6X, because in my book they are below the T6x in some very important aspects.
By far the biggest thing that does it for me is the keyboard. I used to think that all thinkpad keyboards were built the same, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.
In reality, it does all come down to personal preference. I'm not saying I'm right, but if the T4x had relatively similar specs to the T6x, there's no way it would still be in my collection. Keep in mind that I am biased though, as I feel that every generation of thinkpads released, there has been a noticeable decline in build quality. (and by build quality, I really mean the perception of touch - I acknowledge the T43 has southbridge issues and cooling flaws.)
Alas, I don't claim to be an expert in this area, but I do use both my T43 and T61p everyday. At the end of the day, they both handle my abuse equally as well.