Alrighty... I really hesitate to do this, but I'm in the process of clearing out a lot of extra equipment and junk as I might be relocating in the next year or two.
Firstly, my 'heavy lifting' machine is an Asus G73JH; equipped with a i7 740QM, 8GB RAM, two 640GB HDDs and an Intel X25M-G1 SSD. It will do any conceivable task for me including gaming, but it is a large 17" form factor and not really what I would call portable. I'm keeping this system as it's the most powerful out of anything I have.
I have two Montevina-era ThinkPads; a T500 and X200. I have an Ultrabase for the X200 and an Advanced Mini-dock for the T500. Whichever machine I keep gets the nifty 256GB Samsung SSD I recently picked up. However, one of these systems has to go.
I am strangely torn between which one to keep; logically the X200 would be favorable as it's smaller and lighter, plus I have a new 9-cell battery for it. However, I do appreciate the T500's larger, higher-res LCD, switchable graphics, and the fact the Advanced Mini-dock has ports I use that the Ultrabase doesn't(namely a parallel port for an old printer and a PS/2 port for my Model M keyboard). It also seems to run a little cooler than the T500 which translates into less fan noise doing typical Internet browsing and Office tasks. Also, the larger palmrest is a bit more comfortable for typing than the X200, making it a little easier for me to type.
I will be using my TP for anything on the go, which includes Office apps, Internet browsing, light work in GIMP and Photoshop(I'm starting to get back into drawing and just picked up a tablet to play around with; I am definitely not
a pro), light programming and light gaming(mostly Source titles, perhaps some Oblivion or anything else that I could get away with). I think that either system will be fine with that but the T500 would be better on the gaming end.
All told this has been a very hard decision for me to make and I would appreciate any input to this end. I know this isn't the Marketplace, but any fair ballpark figures for both systems and hardware would be greatly appreciated.(The T500 has warranty until August and the X200 has it until November; either system would come with its respective docking station and a carrying case as well). Any input to this tough decision is more than welcome.
Thanks in advance!