[ltp] Best replacement for X61s

Arno Trautmann linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:18:49 +0200

On 07/25/2016 10:49 AM, Uwe Brauer wrote:
 >>>> "Arno" == Arno Trautmann <Arno.Trautmann@gmx.de> writes:
 >    > Hi all,
 >    > my machine is getting old and I'd like to replace it. The casing 
 >    > clear signs of nearly 10 years everyday use and being carried 
 >    > and the processor also starts to feels slow.
 > I have the same machine (and the same problem), have you considered to
 > use a SSD, I did this, and it felt like a big leap into the feature.
 > The speed of most operations doubled or tripled.

Yes, sure. But I am really limited by the CPU power. My main use is 
acually LaTeX, and although this is using a huge number of small files 
(perfect for SSD), those are all cached and I don't expect a big 
increase in speed for TeXing.
Plus, the fan is dying, there's a (small) crack in the housing and the 
screen is getting loose. Nothing that cannot be fixed, but alltogether 
too much work for an old machine. Of course I'll keep it as a secondary 

 >    > So I'm looking for a new machine. Unfortunately, all new thinkpads
 >    > have this annoying macbook-style keyboards instead of the nice old
 >    > ones with the cone-shaped keys. This is one of the reasons I'm 
 >    > here for some advice:
 > I face the same problem, even more annoying than the shape of the
 > keyboard is its distribution and the fact that a lot of keys a missing,
 > since I have bound a lot of functions to these keys, I feel lost with
 > the new layout.

Same here.

 >    > What do you think would be the best replacement? Most important 
 >    > for me are the compactness (~12"), robustness and, if somehow
 >    > possible, the same keyboard style. Doesn't have to be a new machine,
 >    > used is fine – but I'm not sure which was the last model with a nice
 >    > keyboard. Also, I don't care about high-res screens or media stuff
 >    > etc.
 > I think the last ones with a traditional good Thinkpad keyboards are the
 > 201 series.

And I guess there's no way to fit one of the old keyboards into a new 
one? Has anyone tried/heard of that?

Thank you guys for the quick answers!