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New computing toy - Lenovo X200

The 5 year old IBM Thinkpad T43 that I have been using at work was showing its age: overheating, poor response on disk operations (saving a small file in vi seems to be taking increasingly long times), it doesn't boot sometimes and I have to power cycle it. However, I was putting up with it because the newer T series laptops from Lenovo don't come anywhere close to the quality of the T43. But the final nail in the coffin was a crack in the LCD.

So I got myself a Lenovo X200 about a week ago and I am liking it so far. The weight, battery life, performance and the form factor are a big win. What I don't like about it is:

  • The laptop is not evenly thick (it is fat near the batteries and somehow feels bulky to hold it there).
  • The lock for the lid is in the base and not in the lid itself (which is a bit awkward when I try to open it).
  • The docking station has a rather cheap piece of plastic near the 2nd battery charger (I won't be using it, so that isn't a problem).
  • There is no DVI out in the X200 UltraBase docking station (my biggest pain point so far).
  • The edge of the lid around the LCD panel is fairly thick and looks a bit ugly (but it is good to hold the laptop by).
  • I would've liked it if the screen was a wee bit bigger with better resolution (the T43 was 14.0" @ 1400x1050 and this X200 is 12.1" @ 1280x800).

I guess these complaints are just a hangover from my T43 years and and I am nit-picking.

The machine has been running Debian testing since the day it fell into my hands. Installation and configuration have been a breeze. I hope it will serve me as well as the T43 did.

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I own a x200s ns488ge.
I used to have a samsung x20 xvm II before. That was a 15.1" with 1400x1050 resolution. The x200s has a 12.1" screen with a resolution of 1440x900. I am fine with that. But there fits no umts antenna in the led display lid.

I had a choice between T400 and X200. The resolution on the X200s sounds nice, I would've like that.

what OS did it come with? how much did it cost (only relevant if you bought it in India)

The laptop has a Windows Vista sticker but the IT chaps at work installed XP. The whole package (laptop, dock, 2 chargers, external DVD burner) cost about 1800 USD (This is a corporate laptop bought in India but I have no idea why they tell the price only in USD).

Actually it is a good price even if it is converted to INR directly but I suspect there is some direct-import / STPI / no-import-duty going on in here. I don't know much about these things.


Thanks for the post. Useful 'user experience' notes in the post. It's time for me to upgrade my laptop as well....

Yes, you should :)

Five years is very good. Much respect for not over-consuming like the regular geek types. ;)

If not for the LCD (which was accidental) I would've used it some more. This geek barely consumes hardware.

It might not be as shhexy as X200, but I have a brand new T400 from work now. And a brand new job too. :) Now what sucks is, only the standard issue Windows XP corporate image is allowed in this machine. Or so I'm told.

I escaped the T400 after the T43 quite narrowly. T400 CPU will have Intel VT so you should run a VM.

btw, I spoke to mullah and he tells me interesting things have been happening in your life. Besides, I have a new GPG key, so we should meet :)

Yes. I'm figuring out Virtualbox. My own R51 has a plain Celeron prior to CPU vm extensions, so I'd never bothered about any of this virtualization business.

I need to talk to the Mullah. And we should meet, but it's going to be a while now. Going to travel on work. :)


So, have you filed installation-report? :)

Me has a T43 at work too. I have been using it for the past 4 yrs...but now the poor thing is showing its age.:)

Want to change it, but the bosses wont allow it. :(

Bad bosses! Or perhaps they'll let you take a new one a year later.

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