Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2012 13:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "It'll be a full x86 device - Lenovo calls a 'joint effort' with Intel and Microsoft - that clocks in at 1.3 pounds with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display. It's billed to have 10-hour battery life, which would be impressive for a device only 9.8mm thick. The standard model is Wi-Fi-only, but there will also be carrier versions including one with AT&T's LTE connectivity." If you see a 1366x768 resolution on a 10.1" display, they blew it.
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RE[2]: Haha
by gan17 on Thu 9th Aug 2012 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Haha"
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

I get the impression the red nipple is as much for brand recognition as actual functionality now.

The tablet's not on my radar, but I wouldn't even consider a laptop that didn't come with a Trackpoint clitoris.

Heck, I'd actually be willing to pay extra for a Thinkpad or Tecra that was Trackpoint-only, sans those putrid multitouch-touchpad things.

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RE[3]: Haha
by M.Onty on Thu 9th Aug 2012 15:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Haha"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Agreed. I've got the Thinkpad x200 because it only came with the nipple, not a trackpad. I dislike duplication of function. Nothing against trackpads, they're better for general moseying around, graphical work &c, but if you code or write then the nipple is much more suitable.

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RE[4]: Haha
by Morgan on Thu 9th Aug 2012 19:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Haha"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I fell in love with the trackpoint-style pointer on my very first laptop, a Texas Instruments 4000M that was a high school graduation present from my estranged father way back in 1995. I've never gotten used to the touchpad that has been on nearly every laptop I've had since then. Either it's way too big and interferes with typing despite supposed palm-sensing tech, or it's way too small to be of any use as a pointer.

I've resorted to just leaving the touchpad turned off with this laptop and either using an external mouse or (in Linux) using keyboard commands to get around. Trying to type with it turned on is an exercise in frustration that makes me want to toss it against the wall.

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RE[3]: Haha
by kwanbis on Thu 9th Aug 2012 15:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Haha"
kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

Totally agree with you. Those who never used a trackpoint (at least for more than 1 day), do not understand how good they are.

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RE[4]: Haha
by zima on Thu 16th Aug 2012 23:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Haha"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

kwanbis ~from HA? Hm, consistency-wise (scientific method, rigorous testing methodology, and so on), I'd expect something better from you than "Those who never used a trackpoint (at least for more than 1 day), do not understand how good they are" ;)

...because, see, actual research suggest that trackpoints are inferior to touchpads (some examples linked in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... & http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 external link; and, conversely, note how the views and links supportive of trackpoint seem to be "subjective opinion" in character)

Reminds me also of http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html

(and personally I do like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept; but...)

Edited 2012-08-16 23:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Haha
by earksiinni on Thu 9th Aug 2012 17:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Haha"
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Don't get me wrong. I love trackpoints and I'm no fan of touch (I still have a dumbphone and I have no intention of switching from my trusty keyboard-controlled tiling window manager anytime soon), but I do appreciate me some fine irony. The comment about the trackpoint being for marketing purposes is dead on--what kind of ThinkPad wouldn't have a trackpoint? Or for that matter a stylus--isn't that so typically IBM-esque?

Accordingly, what kind of ThinkPad really fits in with Microsoft's vision of Windows 8? None that I know of. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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RE[3]: Haha
by zima on Thu 16th Aug 2012 23:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Haha"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I wouldn't even consider a laptop that didn't come with a Trackpoint clitoris.

Heck, I'd actually be willing to pay extra for a Thinkpad or Tecra that was Trackpoint-only, sans those putrid multitouch-touchpad things.

You might want to reconsider your reasons for feeling that way... http://www.osnews.com/permalink?531357

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