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Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Hi guys, I want to buy a laptop but I'm really confused. There are lots of options out there.
My needs are:
1- Not heavy laptop...didn't say lightweight cuz that would be expensive I think.
2- I'm a cs student.
3- Comfortable keyboard cuz I code a lot.
4- Linux compatible.
5- Moderate price.
6-Geeky looking....like the Thinkpads ;) Black, cool keyboard and thin.

I don't know but I found ThinkPads really cool and attractive, but I don't know what to buy. I hope you can recommend a good Thinkpad for me. Please tell me, if you have troubles in the hardware with Linux.

I wonder if I can get a Thinkpad without Windows.

Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 02:46 PM
I think the old Thinkpads look better in the design, features (especially thickness and keyboard design) and price. What do you think?

smbm
May 9th, 2009, 03:21 PM
I am running an R61, it's superb.

If you can track down a second hand one I heartily recommend you buy it.

Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Is it old?

what do you use it for?

Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 03:50 PM
I can't find R61 on Lenovo's website

smbm
May 9th, 2009, 03:58 PM
I don't think it's in production any more.

I use it for all my computing needs.

Have you looked at: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkWiki

It has a wealth of information on Thinkpads.

machoo02
May 9th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Lenovo Linux hardware compatibility list (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-48NT8D)

I have an R52, and it's been working wonderfully with Linux for the last several years...

Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 04:10 PM
I found the current R400/500 is thicker than R61, isn't it? R61's keyboard looks more comfortable cuz it has more space. Don't you think? I'm really concerned about the ergonomic design of the keyboard cuz I spent lots of time typing.

R400/500 has great features but I think it's too thick and heavy.

I hope you can help with these issues.

Dougie187
May 9th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I currently have a T61. It is awesome. I think you should be good with just about any of them, they are all pretty solid machines. The 61 machines are just out of production. They were the ones right before the 400/500 machines.

Gucko
May 9th, 2009, 09:34 PM
Do you recommend ThinkPad over other brands like Toshiba and Dell?

Vostrocity
May 10th, 2009, 12:51 AM
I know the coupon expired already but they usually have a new one every couple weeks so you can wait for the next one. It's *up to* 20% off any laptop or desktop, the config is just an example.
Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 from lenovo.com (http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/systemconfig.runtime.workflow:LoadRuntimeTree?sb=% 3A00000025%3A000019C9%3A)
14.1" LED-backlit; Core 2 Duo T6570 2.1GHz; 2GB RAM; 160GB HDD; DVD burner; 802.11b/g; Vista Home Basic; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty
$529.00 - Coupon Code: USPSAVINGS (Exp 5/6) = $449.65. Free shipping. Tax in most.


You said it didn't have to be lightweight but they really aren't that expensive these days. It's actually not labeled as a ThinkPad, but I don't see why it isn't as it looks just like one. Pretty nice specs for a 12 incher (even has a DVD burner).
Lenovo 3000 V200 from TigerDirect.com (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=T70-121000)
4lbs; 12.1" 1280 x 800; Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 @ 1.83GHz; 2GB RAM; 160GB HDD; DVD burner; 802.11n + blueooth; Vista Business; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty
$599.99. $1.99 Shipping. Tax in FL, IL, NC.


I personally find ThinkPads very ugly, but I guess it's a matter of taste. :) I definitely prefer a slick fall black look over flashy rainbow colors but I would rather get a Dell Vostro than a clunky ThinkPad. I have a last-gen one and love it, and the newest generation are a huge improvement. But so far I haven't found a really good deal on them.


PS I'm always jealous of programmers since they can get by with really low-spec computers or lightweight laptops. I love small laptops but I do some video editing and gaming so I always have to get a big heavy one that stays on my desk. :(

Vostrocity
May 10th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Lenovo Linux hardware compatibility list (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-48NT8D)

I have an R52, and it's been working wonderfully with Linux for the last several years...

You don't have to strictly follow that list. Ubuntu works pretty much on anything, that list just shows the ones that Lenovo has tested with Linux.

Gucko
May 10th, 2009, 03:53 PM
PS I'm always jealous of programmers since they can get by with really low-spec computers or lightweight laptops. I love small laptops but I do some video editing and gaming so I always have to get a big heavy one that stays on my desk. :(

I'm a Java programmer. I currently have a LG laptop with the following sepcs:
Intel 1.6 GHz 512kb cache, 256 mb RAM DDR 333, 15 inch screen, 2.5 KG...

Look really programmers need a lightweight laptop with comfortable keyboard cuz they spend lots of time typing. Also I prefer the screen to be relatively big like a 15 one. I don't really think a programmer can program on a 12 or 13 inch screen. That'd be a nightmare ;)
Also we need some good specs especially the RAM. I can't use my current laptop any more cuz I can't find RAM for it. IDEs need a lot of RAM, 2GB is good enough.

Vostrocity
May 10th, 2009, 07:51 PM
I'm a Java programmer. I currently have a LG laptop with the following sepcs:
Intel 1.6 GHz 512kb cache, 256 mb RAM DDR 333, 15 inch screen, 2.5 KG...

Look really programmers need a lightweight laptop with comfortable keyboard cuz they spend lots of time typing. Also I prefer the screen to be relatively big like a 15 one. I don't really think a programmer can program on a 12 or 13 inch screen. That'd be a nightmare ;)
Also we need some good specs especially the RAM. I can't use my current laptop any more cuz I can't find RAM for it. IDEs need a lot of RAM, 2GB is good enough.

Hey I'm doing Java too! :) Your LG has horrible specs btw.

My 15" is over 6 lbs, so 15" and lightweight really doesn't mix. I always thought that programmers worked well with small screens because it's basically just text (I've heard programmers who use 10 inch netbooks). I thought only video/graphics-editing people like me used big screens. Well you might want to look at the SL500 (http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=3028784E14494EB697E744B7DC445A1A) then. Just wait til they have a coupon active again.

LightB
May 10th, 2009, 07:53 PM
Of what I've seen I've liked the T versions over any others, taking into account price and usability.

Vostrocity
May 10th, 2009, 08:28 PM
What I don't get is why people like this
http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/img_lib/montevina/r_1l.jpg
over this
http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/img_lib/products/splitter/notebooks/IdeaPad/Y-Series/gallery/Y650_13L.jpg
:confused:
ThinkPads are so ugly..

Gucko
May 10th, 2009, 08:58 PM
lol!
simply because the ThinkPads are ThinkPads ;) >>>>> ThinkFaster.....ThinkPad

ThinkPads are designed for programmers mostly. It has an ergonomic keyboard.They look geeky :)

Gucko
May 10th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Also what about the price ;)
I'm sure what you posted is more expensive.