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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:08 pm 
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Just got my hands on a working 701c and it really is a piece of art! The folding keyboard and assymetric lid design give off an elegant and timeless flair. It's in good shape for its age with no missing port covers. However, I needed to remove the leaky battery which had caused a bit of damage to the rubber finish on the right side of the chassis. When I get the proper T1 and T6 torx screwdrivers, I will take out the standby battery as well. It features a 75Mhz DX4 cpu with a generous 8Mb of RAM and runs Windows 3.1.

Looks like any regular Thinkpad when closed...
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Until the keyboard pops out!
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A view from the back:
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Closer view of the keyboard:
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Aerial view:
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IBM's old 3D Thinkpad logo:
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Mmmm...
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In terms of build quality, it is superb. All surfaces have a nice matte black rubberized finish. Hinges are tight, no creaks or rattles anywhere, and panel fitment is spot on. As for the keyboard, it actually feels on par with my 600X. However, the keys do require a bit more force to depress, and they shouldn't be pressed at an angle. Else, they have trouble going down.

EDIT: just realized I posted in the wrong section. Mods please move to "Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup".

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:31 pm 
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Very nice! :banana:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:26 am 
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Seeing the classic keyboard on such older thinkpads, in butterfly form or not, just reminds me of how incredibly stupid it was for them to change it.

On topic: 701c is so awesome.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:00 am 
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axur-delmeria wrote:
Very nice! :banana:

Thanks!

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Seeing the classic keyboard on such older thinkpads, in butterfly form or not, just reminds me of how incredibly stupid it was for them to change it.

I still wish IBM or Lenovo continued using the trackwrite keyboard. Granted, it would make the laptop slightly thicker and more complicated, but having a full size keyboard in a small notebook is a big deal. There's also the 'wow' factor, too :D .

The effect wouldn't be as noticeable in 16:9 laptops, but this is changing since we are starting to see more 3:2 displays.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:16 am 
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I still wish IBM or Lenovo continued using the trackwrite keyboard.

For any laptop with a screen size below 12.1 or 11.6 inches, yes.
Otherwise, it's not necessary.

OTOH, it could be used in keyboard docks for tablets. The extra weight will correct the top-heaviness that docked tablets suffer from.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:45 pm 
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Looks like a very nice machine.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:44 am 
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That's a very good looking machine you have there. I find it to be a testament to the creativity and engineering of the people who poured the hearts into crafting it. Today's laptops just don't have the same "soul" to them if that makes sense.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:01 am 
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That butterfly of yours seems to be in very good shape, congrats.

Back in the days when I had one as a part of a much larger ThinkPad herd, 701C got more "oooh", "OMG" and "really cool" comments from random people than the rest of the flock combined...

Stunning, unrepentant and absolutely unique design. There are days when I miss having one of these around just to look at it from time to time and smile, but I know better...

Enjoy yours.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:07 am 
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bit_twiddler wrote:
Looks like a very nice machine.

It looks like they just took it out of the box, very nice indeed.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:21 am 
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Thanks! It was a one owner machine that belonged to a writer and I got it for a very fair price. Even had all the original Windows 3.1 software on it. The keyboards on machines from these times seem to be much more resilient to wear than modern ones.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:42 am 
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brchan wrote:
Thanks! It was a one owner machine that belonged to a writer and I got it for a very fair price. Even had all the original Windows 3.1 software on it. The keyboards on machines from these times seem to be much more resilient to wear than modern ones.


I wonder what type of plastic the 701 keytronic keyboards use / it could be something other than ABS / I know the 360's keyboard doesn't feel like ABS.

btw you can buy (and in my opinion) superior eraser head trackpoint caps here:
http://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/49G2224

I find they work better than the cat's tongue.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:45 am 
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Beautiful machine!

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