Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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RE: ThinkPad?
by sergio on Tue 27th Mar 2012 23:29 UTC in reply to "ThinkPad?"
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

I use Thinkpads at work and they're highly overrated (and insanely overpriced).

They're very durable. Period.

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RE[2]: ThinkPad?
by satsujinka on Tue 27th Mar 2012 23:31 in reply to "RE: ThinkPad?"
satsujinka Member since:
2010-03-11

Very very durable... Considering I've got one from 1999 that I still use. If that isn't worth the price I don't know what is.

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RE[3]: ThinkPad?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 28th Mar 2012 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: ThinkPad?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think I get all the ones that suck. I had one from 1999 in 2002. It sucked, couldn't keep itself cool in 65 degree room without extra help in the form of a cooling pad. I had another used one that had dead keyboard keys a few years later. I've actually had better luck with dell laptops, strange as that is. The initial build quality of the thinkpad is far superior.

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RE[2]: ThinkPad?
by smashIt on Tue 27th Mar 2012 23:45 in reply to "RE: ThinkPad?"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

(and insanely overpriced)


compared to an macbook?
i'm not sure you know what you're talking about...

just last week i had to "repair" a thinkpad
i upgraded the ram from 512mb to 2gb and cleaned up the harddrive (was running low on space due to an misconfigured backup-tool)

this beast is still on it's first xp-installation from 2006 ;)

Edited 2012-03-27 23:46 UTC

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RE[3]: ThinkPad?
by sergio on Wed 28th Mar 2012 01:42 in reply to "RE[2]: ThinkPad?"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

Macbooks are insanely overpriced too!! But at least they are pretty and run OS X. xD

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RE[2]: ThinkPad?
by alexz on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:40 in reply to "RE: ThinkPad?"
alexz Member since:
2012-02-25

I use Thinkpads at work and they're highly overrated (and insanely overpriced).

They're very durable. Period.


They are not what they once were. We bought 10 x220 for our company. Guess how many were flawless only one week after delivery? None.

From backlight bleeding to body cracking and jumpy touchpad whitout forgetting ghosting (yay, ghosting in 2012), this thing is flimsy. It has many many many design flaws known by lenovo. The on-site support is not what it once was either, a technician broke one of our bezel. Lenovo claimed it was an accident and thus not up to them to repair...

Next time we'll try apple.

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RE[3]: ThinkPad?
by Doc Pain on Wed 28th Mar 2012 02:44 in reply to "RE[2]: ThinkPad?"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

They're very durable. Period.


They are not what they once were. We bought 10 x220 for our company. Guess how many were flawless only one week after delivery? None. [/q]

Compare that to the IBM Thinkpad 755C which I still have here. It must be from ca. 1996 and still has its original battery pack. This battery pack provides 5 hours without AC. The device itself is very durable. Even though it has been in heavy use over more than 10 years (imagine that for a "modern" laptop!), it doesn't have any mechanical or electrical problems. Plus it has a very good keyboard and of course a TrackPoint (the little red nub in the middle of the keyboard). Opening the device and replacing components doesn't involve any screwdriver or other tool. "You want it - you pull on it" is the concept to access floppy disk drive, accu, or hard disk.

From backlight bleeding to body cracking and jumpy touchpad whitout forgetting ghosting (yay, ghosting in 2012), this thing is flimsy.


You're describing a typical home-use commodity laptop which is designed to be in use for one year, and then to be thrown away. :-)

Next time we'll try apple.


Well, I was always lucky with their older devices (such as the iBook G4), also quite durable, except I needed to replace an external PSU once. Another issue I experienced myself were fading captions on the keys (due to keyboard use), and a backlight died (after the laptop jumped off the table). But I think that's common today among all available hardware...

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RE[2]: ThinkPad?
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 28th Mar 2012 16:01 in reply to "RE: ThinkPad?"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I use Thinkpads at work and they're highly overrated (and insanely overpriced).

They're very durable. Period.


And they typically have excellent keyboards (better than most stock desktop keyboards, IMO). And they're extremely easy to service hardware-wise.

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