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So far I have this priced out at Lenovo.com:
Intel Core i5-2520M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64
12.5" Premium HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
No Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
ThinkPad Battery 29++ (9 cell)
Bluetooth 3.0
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)
Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
2 Year Warranty + Thinkpad Protection

It comes out to $1,170.82 before shipping and tax (including the THINKDEALS coupon code), which I think is pretty fair considering the upgraded warranty and such.

I travel about once every two weeks so portability and battery life is a concern, not to mention the fact that I do multi-task quite frequently for work.

I am currently running my college beater: a Thinkpad R500 that has been upgraded several times. I started out with 1GB of RAM, Vista Basic 32-bit, 160GB 5400RPM and a 6 cell battery. I now have 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Ultimate, Micron C400 and a 9 cell battery (mostly within the last year).

I have no need for a discrete graphics card so this will do just fine. Any thoughts or should I just pull the trigger?
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If you use touchpads, the X220 sucks. I'd use a mouse with it. Otherwise, we have some of these at work, and they have been solid so far.

The way the touchpad works, the left and right mouse buttons are integrated into the touchpad, so the whole thing clicks down when you click. Unfortunately it is very imprecise and its hard to keep the mouse on what you are trying to click on when you click it. That's really my only gripe smile.gif
Edited by Sir Beregond - 2/23/12 at 3:41pm
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sir Beregond View Post

If you use touchpads, the X220 sucks. I'd use a mouse with it. Otherwise, we have some of these at works, and they have been solid so far.

I think I use the touchpad about once a week on my R500. Most of my mousing is definitely on the trackpoint.
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post #4 of 11
Word of caution. We bought about 60 of those x220 and so far about 3 had to have the fan replaced and about 10 needed the mobo replaced.

Just throwing out a word of caution man.
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Hmm...we haven't had ours very long, good to know. Thanks.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by mdportorock View Post

Word of caution. We bought about 60 of those x220 and so far about 3 had to have the fan replaced and about 10 needed the mobo replaced.
Just throwing out a word of caution man.

Well, my other choice is a T420 with similar specs.
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At my school we have been using the X201s (we are in our second year with them) and we had to replace a LARGE amount last year. Good thing they were under warranty.
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post #8 of 11
Mannn, we bought about 30 of the 420s and about 4 of them needed the mobos replaced.

I'm one of the it guys at my job.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mdportorock View Post

Mannn, we bought about 30 of the 420s and about 4 of them needed the mobos replaced.
I'm one of the it guys at my job.

So basically, there's a few lemons in all of them. Do you know if these 4 that needed mobo replacement were used improperly (i.e. used on blankets without cooling)?

Also, I just found out that in order to get USB 3.0 on the X220, you have to choose the highest end i7-2640M option. Gosh dangit.
Edited by RallyMaster - 2/23/12 at 4:09pm
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I'd say that price is a tad high. I payed 575+tax for my T420 with i5-2410, upgraded screen, 2gb ram, webcam, 320gb hdd. I bought 8GB of ram on newegg for $30 and then a 120gb hyperx ssd for 120 and now i have a very capable machine for only about 750

Thinkpads are on Slickdeals all the time, I say watch there until you can grab one at a lesser price, unless you really want it now
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