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hello guys, Im a computer engineering/computer science major on my senior year... I been using a 13" macbook air since i stared, but that got stolen few days ago... btw i used to have windows and linux on it (actual dual booting, no virtualization)

Anyways i usually go to work 7-4, then go to school 5 to ~10, when not in class im at the lib studying, or working on research at a lab...

The programs i run the most in windows are Visual Studio, and AVR Studio (Now called Atmel Studio). Visual studio few of my classes, and Atmel for my research program in robotics doing micro-controllers programming... Linux i use it as a C/C++/java/python development platform, most of the time using vim and cli.

If i order any of this machines, it will have the i7-3520M, 16GB of ram, 512GB SSD, 6-cell batt (to keep weight down), Intel 6300 wireless card.

Now the true difference between this 2 laptops smile.gif
  • The x230 resolution is 1366x768 while the t430 is 1600x900, im thinking if i go for the x230 this my hurt me for my programming tasks since the resolution may be to low... Now the otherthing is that x230 has an IPS monitor compared with a LED monitor on the 1600x900 which doesnt have the best reviews out there... Also at home if i get the 230 i can connect it to an external monitor, and in school i could probably connect it to an external monitor in the research lab
  • The x230 also with a 6-cell gets about 6h battery life, the t430 gets about 4...
  • Finally the x230 has a regular 4000 HD video card, and on the t430 you can get 1GB 5400M Nvidia Video Card
  • And finally weight the x230 is about 1.5lb lighter than the t430, + the ac adapter of the t430 is heavier than the x230 one, so we can say about 2lb lighter in general.. This doesnt seem like much but with books, and hardware it can add up =)
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Originally Posted by supermiguel View Post

hello guys, Im a computer engineering/computer science major on my senior year... I been using a 13" macbook air since i stared, but that got stolen few days ago... btw i used to have windows and linux on it (actual dual booting, no virtualization)
Anyways i usually go to work 7-4, then go to school 5 to ~10, when not in class im at the lib studying, or working on research at a lab...
The programs i run the most in windows are Visual Studio, and AVR Studio (Now called Atmel Studio). Visual studio few of my classes, and Atmel for my research program in robotics doing micro-controllers programming... Linux i use it as a C/C++/java/python development platform, most of the time using vim and cli.
If i order any of this machines, it will have the i7-3520M, 16GB of ram, 512GB SSD, 6-cell batt (to keep weight down), Intel 6300 wireless card.
Now the true difference between this 2 laptops smile.gif
  • The x230 resolution is 1366x768 while the t430 is 1600x900, im thinking if i go for the x230 this my hurt me for my programming tasks since the resolution may be to low... Now the otherthing is that x230 has an IPS monitor compared with a LED monitor on the 1600x900 which doesnt have the best reviews out there... Also at home if i get the 230 i can connect it to an external monitor, and in school i could probably connect it to an external monitor in the research lab
  • The x230 also with a 6-cell gets about 6h battery life, the t430 gets about 4...
  • Finally the x230 has a regular 4000 HD video card, and on the t430 you can get 1GB 5400M Nvidia Video Card
  • And finally weight the x230 is about 1.5lb lighter than the t430, + the ac adapter of the t430 is heavier than the x230 one, so we can say about 2lb lighter in general.. This doesnt seem like much but with books, and hardware it can add up =)

hmmm.....I would've suggested a 9 cell and the T430 with the HD+ and the nvidia dGPU as users have said that with careful power management usign the lenovo tools they can get up to 15hours of battery~

IMHO; if you can connect to an external monitor I would get the x230 then. Also; I would highly recommend buying the SSD yourself as companies charge a pretty penny for any sort of SSD upgrades. Keep in mind though you'll need to make sure it fits though if you buy the SSD yourself; if i remember correctly you need a 7mm thick SSD for both the X230 and T430.
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Originally Posted by Mr.Pie View Post

hmmm.....I would've suggested a 9 cell and the T430 with the HD+ and the nvidia dGPU as users have said that with careful power management usign the lenovo tools they can get up to 15hours of battery~
IMHO; if you can connect to an external monitor I would get the x230 then. Also; I would highly recommend buying the SSD yourself as companies charge a pretty penny for any sort of SSD upgrades. Keep in mind though you'll need to make sure it fits though if you buy the SSD yourself; if i remember correctly you need a 7mm thick SSD for both the X230 and T430.

Ya a 9cell t430 maybe be a bit to heavy i think, but yea at least at home ill be able to connect my 230 to a monitor, and yes ill be getting the ram and SSD from newegg
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