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When did they go to the rubberized material?

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When did they go to the rubberized material?

#1 Post by Turbo Audi » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:29 am

I have been around ThinkPads a very long time. I am now on my 5th, a Gen 2 Carbon Extreme. I can't get over the texture surrounding the keyboard. it is a mess that I am constantly cleaning. My last ThinkPad, an x200, had the plastic tray that held up perfectly after 10 years. I put trackpad stickers on either side of the trackpad, which helps, because after only 2 weeks of ownership the rubber paint was degrading.

Anyone else hate this stuff?

PS - it's been a while!
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Re: When did they go to the rubberized material?

#2 Post by w0qj » Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:58 pm

Harking back to the days of X230, T410, T42, ThinkPad 560, the rubberized black coating material is/was the traditional one.

We actually prefer the rubberized black coating material on our X1 Extreme (1st Gen); closer to non-slip grip, less fingerprints.
(This is in contrast to our X1 Carbon 4th Gen, X1 Carbon 3rd Gen, X250).

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Re: When did they go to the rubberized material?

#3 Post by dr_st » Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:13 pm

w0qj wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:58 pm
Harking back to the days of X230, T410, T42, ThinkPad 560, the rubberized black coating material is/was the traditional one.
On the back of the lid - yes, but none of those had rubberized coating on the palmrest (well, I don't know about the 560). I think only X300/X301 had it during those times.
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Re: When did they go to the rubberized material?

#4 Post by w0qj » Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:06 pm

Oh, yes, ThinkPad 560 also had rubberized coating on outside, but smooth plastic on palmrest also. You are correct!
dr_st wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:13 pm
On the back of the lid - yes, but none of those had rubberized coating on the palmrest (well, I don't know about the 560). I think only X300/X301 had it during those times.
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