Lenovo is doing pretty good with ThinkPads. Granted, they are NOT quite as tough as the ones from 6~10 years ago... but thats based on business logic. They'd rather make a profit selling 10x the Thinkpads at a lower price... A $1000 (give or take) is a good 14~15" T-series notebook, that's their main series.
It still rated for military use due to design. Still has the light, the liquid pass-thru for the keyboard (protects the computer), crash-cage on the inside and crash-cage on 14" and smaller notebooks.
The Edge is their "modern" mid-range series, no crash cage - semi-island style keys. The L-series (Lame) still has an old-style keyboard, but not the ThinkPad layout.
[citation][nom]GeekApproved[/nom]Everyone thinks Sandy Bridge is some holy grail that is arriving, but the i7 is still gonna be king of the hill until Q3.[/citation]
This is only true for desktops, for the mobile space the stuff already announced is the best available.
how does this compare with AMD Fusion - Zacate? I know they're different platform/segments and all, but it's still nice to know. It seems to me Zacate's more geared towards netbooks (the atom market) while this SB chip is geared towards more full-sized notebook.
[citation][nom]burnley14[/nom]Really like the styling. The price, not so much. Unless those numbers come with a few features not outlined in this article (i.e. 8GB of RAM, 3 year warranty, etc.)[/citation]
ThinkPads are not built like HPaqs, Gateways, Acers... The pricing in this article is typical of a low-mid range Model. You can still easily spend $2000~4000 for a top end model (Quad core CPU, Drawing pad built in, dual-screens, etc).
The $700~800 HPs at Best buy are okay... but I'd rather spend the extra $200 on a much tougher notebook, Win7Pro, vastly enhanced WIFI (trust me - there a places where a typical notebook won't work, but a high end ThinkPad does), Crash cage and very important... the KEYBOARD. But I'm refering to a T or W series keyboard.
L Keyboards have a fine shape, but not the serious layout... Edge has somewhat modernized keys... Might as well light up like a Mac.
[citation][nom]rhino13[/nom]Put the Ctrl key back on the far left and I'll think about it.[/citation]
I *HEAR* you on that one. Lenovo vastly improved the ThinkPad layout, but they went OLD-SCHOOL on the CTRL-Fn keys in order to "not upset the older customers"?! The fn-CTRL layout has ALWAYS sucked. There have been worse! Until recently, Toshiba stuck the CTRL key at the top, near the + key... while the stupid Fn was in the left corner.
At least, all new ThinkPads have a BIOS switch for the CTRLFn... the only thing that throws me off on that, is my own ThinkPad is a few years old and using someone elses new model requires I remember... but its worth it.