Hi guys. While I don't contribute much I do follow many of your discussions closely and now I feel like I'd like to have your opinion on something that's bugging my mind lately.
I've go five computers for myself right now: a desktop sandy bridge machine, a semi-desktop Dell Precision M90, and three portable thinkpads.
Needless to say, five computers is way too much. I use my desktop and the M90 on a daily basis but the thinkpads get rarely used because I don't travel that much. Still, I'd like to keep one notebook for those rare ocasions I go out (or simply I want to browse Internet while on bed or couch, hehe) and sell the other two but I'm undecided on which one to keep:
2.4 GHz T8300, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 14.1 SXGA+ (using T60 lid), X3100, Bluetooth, DVD-RW, 9c battery, no WWAN upgradeable
It's a full size machine. It is fast and battery life is very good with many options. The screen is big, the resolution wonderful. It is complete including optical drive. Two expansion slots: CardBus and ExpressCard. There is a modded BIOS for it wich removes the whitelist.
Too big and heavy. Build quality is noticeably lower than T60 (and, unfortunately, chassis is sightly different so it's not possible to swap it, I've already tried). Not WWAN upgradeable as it is; I might need to open it up and add the antenna and such; I'm not afraid of it but sounds like too much work. Only 2 MiniPCI-E slots, this is important because the SSD is of the SLC kind and I rather keep it than upgrading to a larger but MLC one. My idea is to buy an SD to MiniPCI-E adapter and add more internal capacity without losing the optical drive. Screen is CCFL so lower life expectancy and lower brightness.
2.4 GHz P8600, 4GB RAM , 64GB SSD, 12.1 WXGA, 4500MHD, Bluetooth, 6c battery, WWAN upgradeable
The fastest machine of the bunch, Small and light. It's the most complete machine of the bunch: it has three MiniPCI-E slots so I can add the internal card as planned. It has an integrated SD slot which the other two machines lack. And an ExpressCard slot. Webcam (though I've never used it to be honest). Quiet and cool. Long battery life with many options.
I've never quite liked the big bezels, make the machine size feel so wasted. Screen is too small. Screen is CCFL so lower life expectancy and lower brightness.
1.2 GHz SL7100, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 13.3 WXGA+, X3100, Bluetooth, DVD-RW, 6c battery, WWAN upgradeable
This machine is NICE. Decent screen size and resolution with LED backlight (which the other two machines lack). It is very light and thin. Has three MiniPCI-E slots. Webcam. Optical drive. There is a modded BIOS which removes the whitelist.
Even though I have no complaints about buid quality, I've never been a fan of thin laptops. I once grabbed the laptop with one hand and the computer froze in the spot; probably the chassis flexed and the hard drive disconnected. It looks fragile compared to the X200. The machine is very limited in expandability: it doesn't have an SD slot and neither has an ExpressCard slot to add one. So no SD ability. No docking station options. Slow compared to the others. Battery life worse than the others without a real way to expand it.
None is a gaming laptop so video doesn't matter that much. Which one would you keep?
T420: i5-2520m, 8GB, SSD: 64GB SLC (boot) | 128GB MLC (storage), HD3000, HD (1366x768), 6 Cell, BT, WebCam
X220: i5-2520m, 4GB, SSD: 64GB SLC (boot) | 128GB MLC (storage), HD3000, HD (1366x768), 6 Cell, BT, WebCam, FP