6 Months ago I picked up a T40. From day one I have been thoroughly impressed with this machine, and it's time to pick up another IBM Thinkpad.
I'd like your help identifying the least expensive Thinkpad X that will meet my needs. This machine will have 2.5 Purposes:
1) Serve as a backup for when my T40 is down (or with my girlfriend, etc.).
2) Serve as a controller/processor for my music collection in my home.
2.5) Serve as a controller/processor for my music collection in my car.
Since I will require little in terms of processing power from this machine (nothing I can't do on my dinosaur Pentium 200), an older, less expensive computer will suit me fine provided it offers (or can be upgraded to do the following):
1. Run Windows XP (I have an extra licensed, legal copy of XP that I wish to use)
2. Interface with USB 2.0
3. Offer an Ethernet port (100 MB is adequate)
4. Offer 802.11b Wi-fi
I understand that I will probably need to use a PCMCIA card (and slot) for 2 and 4, and maybe 3. Do any of the X2x models offer these upgrades internally?
Also, for what it's worth, when the computer is serving in the musical capacity, it will be reading from a USB hard drive, decoding MP3s, and feeding a stereo through the stereo plug. Pretty simple, if ypou've got the ports.
So, in light of these requirements, will I be able to make internal upgrades to do what I want to do? Will I need to fill both external slots? Am I a fool for asking an X2x to do all this? Should I scrap this idea and buy an X30? Is there a material difference between the X21 and the X23? Et cetera.
Thank you for your opinions.