Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 19:52 UTC
IBM "BM's Thinkpads had a consistent reputation as a solid, reliable business-oriented laptop. With IBM divesting of its PC division to Lenovo, many have wondered what will happen to the ThinkPad lineup. Will the quality decrease? What about performance?" Ars reviews the Thinkpad X60, and concludes: "The X60 is a solid implementation of the new Core Duo platform. Lenovo hasn't lost the ThinkPad 'touch' yet, and is proceeding with development in the same way IBM has. And the new Core Duo platform brings dual-core performance to Centrino, while keeping the same low power usage."
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thinkpads are designed by ibm
by gdiaz on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 20:31 UTC
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AFAIK thinkpads are desgined by ibm those *60 models will be the last of that epoch, now there are the new lenovo notebooks. . . we will see if they can reach the ibm quality

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RE: thinkpads are designed by ibm
by thebackwash on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 20:33 UTC in reply to "thinkpads are designed by ibm"
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Did you reed the article? It's a review. The conclusion is that these newer machines coming from Lenovo DO hold well to the ThinkPad brand IBM established. I had my misgivings about Lenovo, but I for one wouldn't mind having one of their new notebooks.

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Was the X60 designed during IBM control, or under Lenovo management? The fact that it reached production under Lenovo doesn't answer that. I doubt that many people care who *made* it, what matters is who *designed* it.

My take on it is that it's too soon to tell what kind of job Lenovo is doing in keeping together the design team. The X60 was probably already in the pipeline before the change in management, so we might not see the Lenovo influence until the next model.

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gdiaz Member since:


What i said is the [XTAR]-60 serires are designed by the same who designed the other thinpads.

Lenovo has created the 3000 family notebooks for example, the C-series.

Those are Lenovo made AFAIK.


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Crappy 3d card
by gtada on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 20:35 UTC
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With Vista less than a year away, releasing a laptop for that much money but with an integrated videocard should be a crime.

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RE: Crappy 3d card
by miscz on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 23:46 UTC in reply to "Crappy 3d card"
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Intel GMA9xx are not that bad, I would say that they are equivalent of GeForce FX5200. If Vista won't run on that then Microsoft is really doomed. And remember that this is a laptop - energy saving is very important and Intel's graphics chipsets are very power-efficient.

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RE[2]: Crappy 3d card
by RenatoRam on Fri 24th Mar 2006 08:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Crappy 3d card"
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Not to mention that both XGL and AIGLX, the two solutions for accelerated desktop with special effects on linux both work *very well* with all the intel integrated video cards (i8xx and i9xx series, whatever).

It can be done. If Vista does not, well, shame on MS :-)

(I assume most OSNews readers have seen at least the .avi released by Novell, which shows a lot of cool effects that match and in some cases already surpass what Vista is doing. And that's with an alpha project, with only a handful of animation/graphics plugins)

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Another Review
by pxa270 on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 21:06 UTC
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Another review, this time of the X60s (slightly lighter and thinner model) is found here:

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by Kancept on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 22:37 UTC
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I won't be buying a new Thinkpad with Lenovo at the helm now. Looking at the pics, I see they've added Win-keys! That is one thing I hane enjoyed about my Thinkpads is the software neutrality of them. They convey no preference for one OS over the other. Maybe they will start to sell key cap replacements for the various OSes running on them...

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by kkamrani on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 22:59 UTC
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Details, details, details... The BM up at the begining of the post is missing the I. Just thought I'd let'ya know!

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impressive battery life
by stew on Fri 24th Mar 2006 01:14 UTC
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The battery life is very impressive. Too bad that thing has only XGA resolution, if it had more pixels or was availalbe in 13" widescreen (like the VAIO S series), I'd be highly tempted. Small and long-lasting is great, but XGA is just not enough any more.

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