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[4]: Comment by joekiser
by joekiser on Sun 8th Oct 2017 05:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by joekiser"
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I don't really agree with the reasoning there - that span also encompasses what are generally considered to be some of the worst ThinkPad models, so I wouldn't expect many ThinkPad traditionalists to have much fondness for 16:9 screens, even in just the "honour by association" sense. I always saw that change as merely a lazy cost-cutting measure on Lenovo's part - a perception that wasn't helped by the way they handled the transition: the lid on my T420s (16:9) is the same size as on my T410s (16:10), but Lenovo just increased the height the bottom bezel on the T420s to make up for the reduced height of the new display. It's still noticeable in photos of the T25 as well, it's obvious from the height of the bottom bezel that the lid could have easily accommodated a taller screen.

I mean, 16:9 is an entire third of the ThinkPad's history. Those of us who have stuck around through the bad years are pretty numb about it at this point. Yes, I would have preferred 16:10 (actually I would have preferred 3:2 as the most realistic option) but that wasn't going to happen without a ground-up redesign, which was at odds with what Lenovo Management wanted to do here. Anything other than 16:9 would have required Lenovo abandon their 14" target.

Regarding the 6-row keyboard: an interesting comment from lead_org (Lenovo guy who pitched the T25 project to David Hill) on one of the ThinkPad forums (I can't remember where) claims that Microsoft started requiring 6-row keyboards at the release of Windows 8 for whatever reason. I can't find any independent verification that backs up that claim, except the fact that every single laptop manufacturer migrated in that direction around the same time.

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