[ltp] newer ThinkPads are crap (was: Re: Too many choices!)

Phil Shotton phil at stairbridge.org.uk
Fri May 22 10:10:18 CEST 2020

I agree, spent most of my professional life using Thinkpads running Linux,
and still using a T520 occasionally, but now my workhorse of choice is a
Google PixelBook. Chrome OS is slick, fast and does most of what I want,
and now Chromebooks can run Linux (and Android) apps I do all my
development work on it - with 7 hours of battery life. Brilliant machines.
The only major issue is that there's no USB serial port support in the
Linux container so I can't flash Arduino from my Chromebook.

I have a modern Lenovo Thinkpad running WIndows 10 for when I absolutely
have to (fortunately not very often) and it's not a patch on the
Chromebook, and nothing like as good as the IBM ones.


On Fri, 22 May 2020 at 08:17, Christoph Schmees <cjws at gmx.net> wrote:

> Am 14.05.20 um 22:10 schrieb Marius Gedminas:
> > On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 06:11:34PM +0300, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> >> I also like my current X390, but it has some downsides: non-upgradeable
> >> RAM, no easily-replaceable SDD/HDD tray,
> >
> > And I forgot the biggest downside: no replaceable battery!
> well, it seems that it is time for my 2¢.
> Until the xx20 series (X220, T420 and 520, designed by IBM) the ThinkPads
> were great. The xx30 series were mere acceptable; since xx40 series
> (designed by Lenovo) I am through with Thinkpad.
> My wife still happily runs a X201 - what a fabulous machine, albeit a bit
> old.
> I for one run and carry my good old X220 (8G RAM, M.2 SSD + 1 TB HD, new
> WiFi) and love it (except the screen resolution only HD). Both machines run
> Linux-Mint.
> If my X220 or the X201 of my wife should pass away some day, it will be
> replaced most probably by a comparable machine from HP or Dell.
> hth, Christoph
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