On 01.12.2016 18:50, Klemens Nanni wrote:
On Thu, Dec 01, 2016 at 05:04:36PM +0000, ron minnich
what's the latest best one? What's the
battery life like (can't be worse
than this mac pro that's always hot and now seems to have a life of 90
minutes, always). How much dram/ssd can I jam in it?
X230 if you'd ask me: 16G
RAM, 12M ROM. runs fine with reduced (830K) ME
and has a powerful Ivy Bridge CPU. USB3.0, miniDisplayPort as well as
docking station has been working just fine for me although handling
suspend/resume as well as mounted external storage *can* be somewhat
tricky (in some scenarios the X230 would instantly resume from suspend
after having been docked once).
Battery life under linux has been somewhere around 8 hours for me,
OpenBSD gets about 5-6 out of it but YMMV.
The problem with the X series is that the UI degraded with every gene-
ration. Keyboard layout got worse with every generation. X220/X230:
only 1366x768 pixels, from X230 on: chiclet keyboard, X240: no track-
point buttons!!! The X250 was the first fully usable again, but sup-
posedly with BootGuard enabled :-/
If you can't live with the 1366x768 resolution (I couldn't), you can
look for a T430s with 1600x900 screen, optionally with a replacement
keyboard (the oldest that fits). Everything Klemens said about the X230
should also apply to the T430s. It's just 14" instead of 12".
The X series never features more than one disk bay,
but this again
depends on your use case: I'm totally fine with an 120G SSD, other
people prefer a RAID on their W/T model ThinkPads.
Any 2.5" (7mm height) SATA drive should fit.