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1366x768 is common for laptop displays. I am using the general 'my school isn't on this list' store. Try that.
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It will be my laptop for college for the next 4, or if I'm unlucky 5, years. I need it to be able to do everything short of gaming and CAD/video editing work for that time frame. I will most likely carry it around with me everyday in a messenger bag so anything over 5 lbs would become cumbersome.

edit: Please note that I will be paying for this laptop out of my own pocket, I currently have about $420 and will be working 20 hours a week for $9 an hour for this summer and for the fall. I should be able to afford either laptop but if there is no noticeable gain by purchasing the more expensive one I could use the extra cash on something else.
Well on weight the X1 is the dead winner but then again it "looks" like it is a expensive laptop, so you will have a higher risk on theft. It does happen quite a bit in colleges but a security lock for the desk will help with that. Now if you can get the T420 with a dedicated GPU then I would say that would be better as it has a good processor, solid design, lower price and a fairly good screen. Biggest issue will be weight from what I see but if you can get a dedicated GPU and slightly better processor, you will be set for college. Even slight upgrades can be had easily for memory and the HDD if you ever need to in the future.
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Well on weight the X1 is the dead winner but then again it "looks" like it is a expensive laptop, so you will have a higher risk on theft. It does happen quite a bit in colleges but a security lock for the desk will help with that. Now if you can get the T420 with a dedicated GPU then I would say that would be better as it has a good processor, solid design, lower price and a fairly good screen. Biggest issue will be weight from what I see but if you can get a dedicated GPU and slightly better processor, you will be set for college. Even slight upgrades can be had easily for memory and the HDD if you ever need to in the future.
You can't get a dedicated GPU in the t420 except for a significant amount of additional money, making it not worth it, though I think the intel hd 3000 graphics should be fine. I am leaning towards the X1 but my friend recently got the t420 and I think I will have to look at the laptop up close to make a better decision.
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Keep in mind the X1 has a backlit island keyboard and the T420 has a matte screen.
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Keep in mind the X1 has a backlit island keyboard and the T420 has a matte screen.
Right. But, the screen on the X1 is gorilla glass
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Well on weight the X1 is the dead winner but then again it "looks" like it is a expensive laptop, so you will have a higher risk on theft. It does happen quite a bit in colleges but a security lock for the desk will help with that.
Somewhat debatable. I understand that the x1 looks sleek, so that may "wow" some people.

My x200s attracts 0 attention (It's one sexy notebook imo). Everyone thinks it is 10 years+ old. I just let them think that. The lenovo look is a real turn off to 'average' consumers.
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edit: Please note that I will be paying for this laptop out of my own pocket, I currently have about $420 and will be working 20 hours a week for $9 an hour for this summer and for the fall. I should be able to afford either laptop but if there is no noticeable gain by purchasing the more expensive one I could use the extra cash on something else.
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Other than weight and size the X1 only has a single advantage, and thats the Gorilla glass coated IPS screen, if you value the IPS screen and smaller size and weight then get the X1.
if you can handle the bigger T420 and don't really care for the screens quality/want higher resolution then for for the T420
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Other than weight and size the X1 only has a single advantage, and thats the Gorilla glass coated IPS screen, if you value the IPS screen and smaller size and weight then get the X1.
if you can handle the bigger T420 and don't really care for the screens quality/want higher resolution then for for the T420
The X1 actually doesn't have an IPS screen, so scratch that advantage, I think I'm going to get the T420 when I find a good 20+% off deal and use the extra cash to get a new case that I like as well as possibly a new graphics card.
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The X1 actually doesn't have an IPS screen,
Not by default it doesn't, but seeing as your post says premium HD and the premium HD screen is IPS the configuration you've posted has an IPS screen.
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Not by default it doesn't, but seeing as your post says premium HD and the premium HD screen is IPS the configuration you've posted has an IPS screen.
That's actually the only screen option when configuring one on Lenovo's website.
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