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New computing toy - Lenovo X200
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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.

Hmm...

(Anonymous)
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. :)

installation-report?

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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