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 Post subject: X201s questions
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:23 pm 

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This is maybe a couple of questions -- I currently have a T410 and a X201, the former for home use (~80% of the use), the latter for carrying to a remote office. I am tired of trying to sync two computers, but the screen resolution on the x201 is too low for day to day work, and the T410 is too heavy for carrying to my office everyday. It looks like one solution might be to pick up an X201s instead, use it at home with a docking station, a thinkpad keyboard, and a couple of monitors; and then have a decent screen for traveling. Other than being somewhat hard to find, it appears that selling the two would just about pay for the one (with the exception of probably buying a largish SSD), and make my life much easier.

Before I do this, are there any issues with the 201s's I should know about -- are they prone to any particular problems, etc? Also, would it be possible to just track down the larger 201s screen and drop it into my 201?

I use my thinkpad for lots of different things -- writing, CAD, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, software development, running *nix under VMWare, listening to music, etc. but not movie editing, so I think the specs would be alright.

Assuming money is not much of an object, that I want one computer that can work as a portable with decent screen resolution (particularly along the Y-axis) and as a home desktop, and that the Trackpoint is the single most important element on a computer to me, is there a better option out there than the X201s?


 Post subject: Re: X201s questions
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:00 pm 

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I haven't owned one (yet), but the X201s does seem like a very nice package, and very light with the smallest battery.

The only other suggestion I have is the T410s or T420s. Both weigh in just at 4 lbs. And both have the newer Intel Core processors. As you know with the T410, performance is great.

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 Post subject: Re: X201s questions
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:27 pm 
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The X201s is a great machine, the best screen resolution for its size you'll find among ThinkPads, I can't comment on other brands though. The only problem is they're pretty hard to find, and the few that do come up go fetch a pretty penny. Might be more of a challenge just finding one first though.

I use my X200s in the sort of setup you've outlined, and its awesome. When I come home I just pop it in the dock which is connected to a 22" monitor, speakers, keyboard + mouse, printer, etc. The ultrabase has become one of my favorite products ever, one click and its like having a full desktop.

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