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  • Darknite39 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Honestly, the only thing I'm excited about at CES is the new tablet screen rez. 1920 x 1200? WHEN can I get one of these in a Thinkpad? I almost don't care about the associated cost. Reply
  • zillac - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    wait, why are you using the touchpad on at Thinkpad? Touchpoints are so great I can barely live without one (on a laptop that is). I really wish every laptop will have one of theses so I can have more selections...

    Now, what Thinkpads now need is higher resolution screens. The display on x220,while gorgeous, has too little pixels.
  • chrnochime - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Go read forum discussions wrt the IPS screen in the X220. People there sure aren't giving unreserved recommendation to the screen... Reply
  • hglazm - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    All that discussion and no mention that the old thinkpad keyboard style is being replaced by the ones used on the E series?
    One of the defining features of a thinkpad has gone and you don't mention that?
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Oh, yes -- forgot about that one. I brought it up and all the Lenovo guy could say was, "Yeah, we've heard that from a lot of people." I'm left sitting there waiting for the "...and..." that never comes. Reply
  • Visual - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    And now, how about some actual specs? Does any of these at least use Ivy Bridge?
    I'm waiting on an Ivy Bridge refresh of something like ep121/samsung slate pretty desperately here, or a convertible like the x220 tablet version but with a dedicated GPU and/or a Brazos tablet with Wacom.
  • jayton4 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Who cares about specs? It is all about style, design, and comfort for these PCs. Of course they will have all the big numbers and specs when they are released, all brands will. Reply
  • jayton4 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    So, the only slim models are now part of the edge series? No more slim T-series models? Those are two very different animals. There is no way the T420s is being replaced by an Edge. Reply
  • MrCromulent - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Have you read the article? Hint: Ctrl-F for S430. Reply
  • MrCromulent - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Whoops, sorry, nevermind. Need to get more coffee. Reply
  • MeesterNid - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Really, after some 20+ years of building laptops they are still making the same old tired design? Did Lenovo buy "ugly" from IBM along with the rest of the computer business? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Thinkpads from y few years ago look ugly compared to the current ones. And for many people the design actually screams "rock solid & reliable, worth the money". As soon as you've got so many posiive associations with the look, it doesn't matter much how it actually looks like. Kind of Porsche style. Reply
  • Omega215D - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    You do realize that the ThinkPad line is meant for business users right? The understated design is what many people like about it. It's also functional and durable. Many of the mid - upper range ThinkPads have a roll-cage incorporated into the body while the plastic is thick and hard to crack.

    Richard Sapper is responsible for the award winning Tizio lamp and lent his design expertise to IBM and Lenovo so not everyone thinks the laptops are ugly
  • mino - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - link

    While not all (R/T/W/X..) Thinkpads are pretty, none are kitsch.

    For me, a properly designed device is a beauty and losing capabilities for Glitz!(aka chicklet) is not a plus but sheer stupidity.

    If one a toy craves, he need not buy a ThinkPad.
  • Omega215D - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    The ThinkPad Edge is said to be the low end of the Thinkpad line thus a lot of the reliability features are left out and the design is more in line with Lenovo's consumer IdeaPad range. I kinda don't see the reason for it to be honest.

    In regards to the keyboard, I liked the chiclet keys on my MacBook but found the keys on my ThinkPad T60p to be excellent as well. I hope Lenovo took the time to get the feel right. I would have expected them to improve the touch pad. It's not bad but it's not as good as the one on my MacBook. The Touchpoint makes up for it somewhat.

    Hopefully the matte screen options and drive bay battery packs are here to stay for the line.
  • twotwotwo - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Using an X220, heartily agree about the touchpad. Don't like the bumpy surface or how it clicks. I use the TrackPoint where I can, but where I can't, I'd like the touchpad to be better. :) Reply
  • kenyee - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    That was my favorite part about the thinkpad...they old keyboards had enough feel that you could touch type at a decent speed.

    Any thoughts on how the new chiclet keyboards feel?

    And yes, my T61p is 5 yrs old....needs an ivy bridge replacement w/ a decent screen and *FOUR* SODIMM slots (can't believe how many business laptops out there only have 2 slots)-:
    Thinkpad T series = solid reliability.....ugly? lol...bring an Alienware to a customer presentation and see how professional they think you are ;-)
  • Omega215D - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Agreed. It's a professional looking piece that's quite tough. Mine never missed a beat when it was in the lab getting knocked around by equipment or minor spills and it outlived my MacBook from the same year.

    The C2D in mine is still speedy as is the discrete GPU but I do plan on upgrading to a new one myself.

    To be fair, I don't notice any slowdown in typing speed on the MacBook's chiclet keys compared to the Thinkpad though the ThinkPad felt "right." The ThinkLight is a nice alternative to a backlit keyboard. The finger print scanner is great for locking the laptop.
  • andywuwei - Friday, January 13, 2012 - link

    I am a ThinkPad fan because of its keyboard and Touchpoint. Without "classic" ThinkPad keyboard i will not buy ThinkPad any more. Reply
  • Scott586 - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Agree, the classic keyboard is one of the main attractions for the Thinkpad. What possible reason for the change? Cost? I would gladly pay for a superior quality keyboard. Stupid change, stupid. Reply

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