Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

A couple years ago, Lenovo announced its plans to build a "retro" ThinkPad that would resurrect design elements of ThinkPads past as an homage to the brand's long history.

That ThinkPad is now real. Check out the ThinkPad 25, sold to commemorate 25 years of ThinkPads.

I'm just going to leave this here for you lovely ThinkPad people. This isn't for me, but I'm not here to ruin your party.

Do clean up after yourselves.

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Comment by joekiser
by joekiser on Fri 6th Oct 2017 05:43 UTC
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2005-06-30

Meh. It's not what anybody wanted, but it's not _that_ bad. People are knocking the display but they forget the dark ages of low-resolution TN panels just a few years ago. It will be sold out by this time next week because it's manufactured in the same quantity as a 1993 Cobra. Resale value will be low because there will be no spare keyboards or palmrests available.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for people who want a true retro machine. Final generation 4:3 ThinkPads are still usable for casual browsing. Later *20's can be retrofitted with a FHD IPS display. For more horsepower a drop-in replacement Broadwell++ motherboard (for the T60/X61) can be purchased from 51nb.

Typed on my P70, a great machine in its own right. Lenovo is a follower, but I'm over it.

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RE: Comment by joekiser
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 7th Oct 2017 02:07 in reply to "Comment by joekiser"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Meh. It's not what anybody wanted, but it's not _that_ bad. People are knocking the display but they forget the dark ages of low-resolution TN panels just a few years ago.


I'd knock the screen because I remember the "good old days" of ThinkPads with 16:10 screens, rather than 16:9.

Resale value will be low because there will be no spare keyboards or palmrests available.


The keyboard looks identical to the one on my T410s & T420s (IIRC, the same keyboard part was across at least the T400-20 series, as well as the standalone "Ultranav" keyboards they sold at the time) - so hopefully one of those keyboards could be used, assuming the connector hasn't changed. Not sure about the palm rest, though.

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RE[2]: Comment by joekiser
by joekiser on Sat 7th Oct 2017 13:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by joekiser"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

The keyboard looks identical to the one on my T410s & T420s (IIRC, the same keyboard part was across at least the T400-20 series, as well as the standalone "Ultranav" keyboards they sold at the time) - so hopefully one of those keyboards could be used, assuming the connector hasn't changed. Not sure about the palm rest, though.


The keyboard only looks like the most recent traditional keyboard (the final iteration with the larger ESC and Delete keys), but it is is backlit, the power button doesn't seem to be part of the keyboard, and it has entirely different connectors since the T440 series. In short, it is not swappable with the pre-*30 keyboards.

It also cannot be retrofitted into current ThinkPads since there was a redesign of the C cover for this anniversary edition.

In hindsight, I was probably wrong about the T25 keyboard showing wear. Since it is backlit with no spacing between the keys, it implies that the lettering on the keys is transparent, which means the letters will likely *not* wear off as has been the case on all of the Lenovo chiclet keyboards. A strong bit of craftsmanship if that's what Lenovo really did.

Regarding the screen, the only knock is that it was 1080p instead of 1440p. Starting with the T510 (and T420 for the 14" models), all traditional ThinkPad laptops have been 16:9. That's going on eight years now, which makes it the second longest span of a single screen ratio in ThinkPad history.

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