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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RE: Time to contemplate
by Morgan on Fri 6th Oct 2017 11:18 UTC in reply to "Time to contemplate"
Morgan
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I was never as much into the ThinkPad as I was the Dell Latitude series (I'm not saying the Latitude is better, just that it's what I always had available). I'm still waiting for Dell to release the true successor to my Latitude CPx.

And I still use that CPx to this day, running OpenBSD and Slackware. I can't watch high-definition video, sure, but 99% of what I want out of a full size laptop can be done on that machine. The keyboard is nearly as good as my desktop mechanical board, and the screen has held up over the years, still as bright and clear as it was in 2000. It's a heavy, bulky brick of a machine, but at least it doesn't bend when I pick it up like most ultrabooks I've played with. It feels just as fast as the Raspberry Pi 3 despite half the clock speed and with three less cores.

I think a Raspberry Pi based laptop with a good keyboard and screen would be a wonderful thing, a modern but extremely low powered device that never had Microsoft's nor Apple's fingers in the pie.

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RE[2]: Time to contemplate
by KKK. on Fri 6th Oct 2017 12:38 in reply to "RE: Time to contemplate"
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2017-09-29

Oh yeah, Lattitudes were the only true rivals to ThinkPads in terms of quality, reliability, ruggedness and keyboards.

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by Morgan on Fri 6th Oct 2017 18:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
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2005-06-29

The Toughbook series by Panasonic was great for ruggedness and versatility too, though there was a rash of flaky hardware in the mid 2000s. They had a couple of "thin and light" models that were durable without being too bulky or ugly. I had one in 2003 that was well ahead of its time, the Toughbook T1.

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RE[2]: Time to contemplate
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 6th Oct 2017 15:56 in reply to "RE: Time to contemplate"
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I think a Raspberry Pi based laptop with a good keyboard and screen would be a wonderful thing, a modern but extremely low powered device that never had Microsoft's nor Apple's fingers in the pie.


Something like the Pinebook (https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=3707)?

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by Morgan on Fri 6th Oct 2017 17:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I was interested in that until I read reviews of it, particularly the one on Hackaday. The price is phenomenal for what you get (it's clearly a loss leader) but performance seems to be not so good. Also, I feel the RPi ecosystem is much more mature and community supported than Pine.

I'm thinking more along the lines of something netbook-sized, 7 to 10 inch screen but with a non-chiclet keyboard, and perhaps a nub/stick instead of a tiny touchpad. I've a good mind to trawl eBay for a netbook with a bad motherboard but good screen/keyboard and build my own. Even a three cell laptop battery can power a Pi for 10 or more hours. Total cost including a LVDS to HDMI converter for the display would likely be under $100.

I'm also eagerly awaiting the Pyra palmtop, it's a Linux hacker's dream portable, though a bit small to call a laptop.

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