I have been looking an alternative to replace my old, trusty IBM Thinkpad T43P. More then four years old technology and I still can not find an adequate replacement.
Old but good, T43P is hard to beat even today
The model I have, Thinkpad T43P, was the last series of thinkpads produced by IBM, before they sold their laptop business to Chinese Lenovo.
It was also their most powerful laptop featuring among other things:
- 2.13 MHz Pentium M (very fast)
- 7200 RPM disk (and this was more then four years ago)
- 15" display with native 1600x1200 resolution (no it's not too small and yes it's great for web development)
- WiFi, DVD Burner, Fingerprint reader, Trackpoint - all the goodies
Why would I like to change it? Well first I am looking for something lighter. T43P is around 2.5 kg, and I started carrying it around all the time - the weight feels now. It's battery is worse now after four years on it's shoulders. It manages only around 2 hours of work now, down from 4 hours when new. I'd also like to have a modern LED screen of the indoor/outdoor variant because my screen is not made exactly for bright day. Since web development is such work that can be done anywhere a good screen is a must.
The closest specification laptops to my needs that I could find are MacBook Air, Lenovo X300 and Fujtisu T2010. They all have their quirks. MacBook Air is a one-way street. X300 has only 1.2Ghz processor. Fujtistu T2010 too small screen.
The ideal laptop for web development needs to have:
- LED screen with at least 1000 pixels vertical resolution
- Core 2 Duo processor
- Battery life of 4+ hours
- Weight of less then 2kg (preferably less then 1.5kg)
- Trackpoint or similar alternative to trackpad which is useless
Is there a laptop today that meets at least most of these requirements?
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