Originally Posted by TwinQY
Oh, BTW, since you guys have more know-how on new rigs than me anyways, anyone have any thoughts on the to-be-announced Thinkpad T440? Was considering the Clevo W740SU for the screen (that gorgeous, gorgeous screen), the Iris Pro (Nvidia drivers, you can't get framebuffer working so no image preview in my file manager
- not to mention Intel drivers being far more easier to deal with on *nix land anyways ), but the power usage benchmarks look wretched. The T440 looks real appealing. Talk about it being a TN panel still but who knows.
Know I talked big about the cheapo old rigs, but truth is, lugging that many laptops across the continent is a no-dealer for me. Might just bite the bullet and downsize to a lappie and maybe one or two rPis. All assuming I do make the move.
Hmm, well, I think it depends on your goals. I happen to love Thinkpads - they have been my favorite laptops for many, many years - and I'm typing on one right now (4 year old T410i). However - many people do not like Thinkpads because they are not sexy, they don't have the best screens and they aren't the thinnest or lightest or most powerful - they typically aren't the "most" anything. But, for me, they do all the basic things the best - the keyboards and the pointing stick (I hate trackpads) are excellent, they don't get scorching hot and they are very reliable - they just work really well. I'm not a gamer, not an artist, not a film maker and I run pretty vanilla Windows 7 and very vanilla apps - nothing odd or cutting edge - but I'm on it for many hours every day. I also tend to look at machines from a corporate IT perspective - which is different from a home user or hardcore hacker.
At work, our "Executive laptop" is a Sony Vaio - the Execs wanted them because they are very thin & light, have great screens and look really sexy. They also run really hot, the fans are noisy and the reliability sucks - there's always something going wrong with them - the charging circuit fails, the fan fails, the drive controller fails, the wireless antenna fails, etc, etc. Our standard workhorse laptops for the rank & file employees are either a Dell Latitude or a Lenovo Thinkpad. They are heavier, uglier and the screens are not nearly as nice as the Vaio - but they work! We have FAR fewer issues with the Latitudes & Thinkpads than with the Vaios. When I point this out to our Execs (with actual numbers) they don't care - they LOVE their Vaios. Clearly, *I* must be doing something wrong if the Vaios aren't working well...
Your needs should drive your decision - there are big differences between a laptop for a road warrior and a laptop meant to be a desktop replacement for the occasional traveler.
Final silly Exec story: An Executive wanted one of the new top of the line Sony Ultrabooks. Man, that thing is SEXY!! Gorgeous screen and light as a feather! I7 processor, SSD - the thing is a dream!
He goes to an important meeting at a potential customer's location to make a presentation. Just like 99% of corporate conference rooms all over the world, the conference room has a projector with a VGA connection. Uh-oh - the Sony ONLY has an HDMI port - no VGA port. OK, so he has to look foolish and ask the customer if he can do the presentation from one of their laptops. So, he tries to email the presentation to the customer. The customer doesn't have a "guest" WiFi network, they have only a wired internet jack in the conference room. Uh-oh - the Sony has ONLY a wireless connection - there is NO wired ethernet jack on the laptop. He doesn't have a USB drive, so he has to borrow one from a customer. Now, ALL of this mess can be avoided by carrying around the appropriate USB adapters - and that is what he is now doing - but for crying out loud, can there be any better proof that the Sony Ultrabook is NOT made for business use?? It's a fashion accessory!!