I concur with JaneL and the others. FWIW, see my post in viewtopic.php?f=12&t=103398
, which elaborates why I feel the same way.
It reminds me of my bicycle. When I grew up in the 70s, my bike had 3 gears, a dynamo and a clamp for luggage. That was a common type back then. When I bought a new bike some years ago, I instead got one with 21 gears, separate LED lights and elastic bands for the luggage. That's what's commonly sold here now. Progress? Not really. Having that many gears in the city is a waste and I feel I'm merely carrying around dead weight. The new LED lights are ineffective, because they're quite dim from an angle. Annoyingly you also have to dismount them, and the elastic bands, when you park your bike, otherwise they get stolen. And the valves on the tyres are the most elaborate, over-engineered, time-wasting design I have ever seen. If it meant you never lose any air, that would be fine, but they're no improvement in that regard.
You might say I should have looked longer for the right bike and that's true. But it's also getting really hard to find any bike that has a dynamo or is suitable for fitting one, for example. Bit like finding a laptop with a decent keyboard and a decent screen.
This analogy is more useful than you could ever realize, given that I've spent most of my life on a bicycle and half of it working in the industry. I certainly understand where you're coming from--really--but an older internal 3-speed is woefully inferior, in almost every way (complexity, limited gear ratios, cost), but some folks, even now, will pay a premium for less performance because of its retro cache (even if you don't like external derailleurs, there are modern internal hubs with less internal complexity, wider ratios and better shifting). If you live anywhere with a hill or wind, this is a huge advantage. Likewise, modern LED lights are superior in pretty much every way, even though the first ones were exactly as you described. Unless you're touring through Africa w/o access to an outlet, there's no comparison. A clip-on, rechargeable light can put out literally 20 times the amount of the brightest generator light and last >20 hours. They've come a long way just in the last 2 years. If companies took the "don't fix it it's not broken approach" these advancements (yes, they're really advancements) never would have come around. Also, as an even more unrelated aside those skinny, complex valves do have their advantages!
I'll enjoy my new X220, I'm actually quite psyched to get it, though I'll freely admit that my experience w/the Edge keyboard has me looking forward to an X230 down the line.
My main reason for posting was to relay my experience with Lenovo's chiclet keyboard, not to pester people, so I apologize if it's come off that way. I just have a time hard with the unsound logic displayed by some folks, and I'm going to call it as I see it. I also understand that I'm not really welcome since the forum moderator is assuming I'm trolling, so I won't be pestering anyone else....