[ltp] Fastest Lenovo laptop I can get

Theodore Ts'o linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:57:55 -0400

On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 09:55:43AM +0200, Bj=F8rn Mork wrote:
> No mSATA whitelisting?  That's good to know.  I assume the wlan and wwa=
> whitelists are still there?

I didn't do any checking, and but yes, probably. =20

> What about display resolution?  I am really surprised that seemingly
> high end laptops are sold with puny 1366x768 displays.  Often in an
> oversized and heavy 15" form factor.  Unbelievable.  Sony and Asus
> demonstrate that 1920x1080 is a nice 13" resolution, and Apple has just
> taught us that 2880x1800 is what 15" should have.
> I wouldn't buy a new laptop with a dot pitch less than that.  You want
> your pixels to weigh as little as possible.  The 1440x900 13" was an
> important factor when I decided on the X301.  I had never thought that
> it would still outclass any 13" from Lenovo 4 years later...

The X230 has a 12.1" display, so a 1366x768 display translates to a
dot pitch of 130 DPI.  The 1440x900 on the 13.3" display that the X301
had is actually a slightly lower dot pitch (127 DPI).  The big issue
is that 16:9 displays are *much* cheaper than 16:10 or 4:3 displays;
it's matter of volume, due to the HDTV market driving panel display

I've learned to accomodate by moving the panels that had been on the
top and bottom of my display to the left and right sides.  This allows
me to fit 80x52 terminal on my display, which is quite sufficient for
my needs.

Personally, I'm not at all convinced by the whole Retina display
concept.  I have much better uses of my battery power and thermal
budget (moving all those bits around really heats up the GPU!) --- you
know, for things like compiling kernels.  And I while I can see a
difference when I look at one of those high density displays, it's
only when I'm carefully looking for it; for every day work, the goal
of the display is to transmit information from the laptop to my brain;
extra wasted bits which burn battery just to make things look more
pretty just isn't important to me, although I'm sure other people will
have different priorities.


						- Ted