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THINKPADS

Postby thewalrus » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:09 am

The BFC recommends: Ex-lease Lenovo T60, T61 or X60 Thinkpads.

Go to eBay, buy one for $150, buy a new 9-cell battery ($30) for it, put Linux Mint or Ubuntu 11.04 on it. Thinkpads are rugged enough for most travel and the keyboard is excellent.

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Re: THINKPADS

Postby coldharvest » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:08 am

Thank you for that Mr. Walrus
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby Woodsman » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:16 pm

Great suggestion!
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby kilroy » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:06 pm

seconded. used those during my gig in alaska a few years back (with windows though, as it was a work computer and i didn't get to choose). toughest standard laptop outside the toughbooks, and not nearly as much of a hassle to carry around.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby Kurt » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:27 pm

Thinkpads are great. I have only had two laptops where I can write quickly and not do that weird "accidentally highlight everything you wrote and then erase it all" accident and one was a Thinkpad with a Pentium II 266 and the other is my iBook G4.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby Mikethehack » Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:09 pm

Good bit of gear and fairly field friendly. I had the IBM version and it did the job; light enough too. It's no Panasonic Toughbook, but it's good enough for the few coins you will chuck at it.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby buffybot_in_beirut » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:40 pm

I've had an employer-issued T60 for 5 years and it's still functioning okay. Seems quite robust - it has travelled quite a bit and swallowed lots of dust. However, I disagree with the keyboard quality praise. I am about to get my third keyboard soon. On both previous ones the keys' white colour came off after two years of use. (No I don't have excessively long fingernails.) Also, the raised edges of the keys slowly but steadily make deep scratches in the screen whenever the laptop is closed.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby Kurt » Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:31 pm

A valid critique of a keyboard Buffybot, but my point was typing ability. Thinkpads were very forgiving to my style of typing unlike my cheapo Everex and every Dell I was issued at work.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby JITW » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:00 pm

The little Red mouse joystick is truly the worst IT idea in the history of computers


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Postby Chimborazo » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:04 pm

JITW wrote:The little Red mouse joystick is truly the worst IT idea in the history of computers


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Agreed. My work laptop has one and I hate it.
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby Dabbi » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:27 pm

I love it !
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Re: THINKPADS

Postby JohnnyFishfinger » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:58 am

agreed, in so far it's the ones made by IBM. had one for 6 years and never let me down. Thinkpad got shit though since it was sold to Lenovo. bought one in 2010 and have been rather disappointed with it, though I am a very weird intensive user usually having 200+ browser tabs open...
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