Its kind of driving me nuts, i fell in love with the look of these laptops and of course would want a 'frankenpad'.
So should i really ?
Same thing happened to me about 5 years ago when i wanted to collect vintage audio equipment, constantly on the look out for ads and now i have an entire 1976 AKAI setup in the living room and a 1979 Pioneer setup in the office.
Then short after i HAD to have a Commodore 64 "because i had one as a kid" and now i have an entire setup in the loft collecting dust.
What is this nostalgia bug that every now and then comes around the corner and bites me in the cheeks ?
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1. The screen aspect ratio allows more vertical space without scrolling
2. The old school keyboard is what many old school people are/were used to touch typing effectively on
Certainly, a 22" screen on any newer system resolves the first, especially if you have one that rotates to portrait mode. Or you use any Apple product which never totally embraced the widescreen movie format that plagues the smaller laptops. Same goes for item two if you have a nice mechanical keyboard for real document creation and processing.
Of course the frankenpads seem fast with their SSD drives but in reality they are just dual core processors that are the lowest processor that is capable of running Windows 7, the other piece of productivity software most power users need.
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You don't. You want a 25 year old ThinkPad!
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A yearning for things from a time when life was much simpler, maybe?
As much as I like Thinkpads, it's generally tempered by
1. practicality it's the reason i let go of the 760XD -- it was getting too slow, no USB, damaged screen (still works though), and bad keyboard.
2. stinginess -- I got a 560E for free, but the screen was dead, it won't boot past the BIOS screen, and I don't think I can get it back to working order without spending a significant amount of money. So it's currently on my shelf, disassembled.
Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
Also can be found with the IBM logo on the palmrest and has a great keyboard.
X301 SU9400 IDA Mod - W 7 / X201 540M - W 7 / X220 2520 - W7
X61 T7500 / T43's / T42
Rogue daily driver - Samsung RV511 15.6 " Screen - W 7
tempted to drive and pick it up and slap my other free OCZ ssd in it. And the T7200 cpu can be found for pocket change.
Man, wish i had a thinkpad when i was in school, i did al my cad / solidworks with a celeron and 512 MB ram and integrated graphics.
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