You should use the screen at its native (i.e. max) resolution. While 1400x1050 on 14.1" might be too small for you, you might not mind a 15.0" T60's 1400x1050, although the machine would probably be too heavy and bulky, and that particular LCD was notorious for being dim. I recommend the T61 with XGA and Intel graphics if you must stick with XGA, but if you don't mind widescreen, the T400 with 14.1" 1280x800 is worth considering. Things will look a bit smaller than on the 600X's 13.3" XGA, but I bet it would still be tolerable.
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