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Re: OT: laptop recomendations

On Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:02:16 +0200
Andrei Popescu <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed,10.Dec.08, 18:39:18, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
> > On Wednesday 2008 December 10 16:45:09 Micha Feigin wrote:
> > >Runner up is Dell, although the hardware seems a bit cheap when looking at
> > > the drivers (especially the touchpad which tends to be alps which isn't up
> > > to par with the synaptic).
> > 
> > I'm happy with my Dell Inspiron E1505.  My roommate is happy with his more 
> > recent laptop purchase from Dell.  My other roommate likes his Thinkpad,
> > but it is a much older system, so I can't say that reflects the quality of 
> > current Thinkpads.
> Since this thread has been revived...
> I have an R61 Thinkpad bought new last July. Before that I had an A21p 
> and R50e (both IBMs, second hand). The R50e I gave to my mother and she 
> is very happy about it. IMO ThinkPads are not very stylish, but they are 
> very sturdy. Some models have Suse pre-installed.

Up to the 61 series that was certainly true. The problem is that with the
t400 and t500 etc lenovo has started to cut corners (cut holes in the keyboard
backplate  to make it lighter but ruined the keyboard).

I'm also not clear on the support agreements between lenovo and IBM. With last
thinkpad (t61) I gave it to IBM which repaired it under international warranty
(which I didn't even know I had) with no problems within a week, but I heard
(don't know if it is true) that they are going to stop their support agreement.

Could be that they are still as good, will be happy to know so since I'm a bit
hesitant regarding the next laptop whether to go with a thinkpad or a mac.

Top end dells seem to also be an option but I've read on this thread and
elsewhere a lot of bad stories about customer support and the quality of the
lower end ones.

If it's any indication then most companies I know work with thinkpads and

> Regards,
> Andrei

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