Hello Thinkpad X60s

I finally set my mind to the task and came home with a new computer yesterday — and this time it’s not a 10-dollar wonder from the recycling shop.

Meet LV-A8280, a Thinkpad X60s with a Japanese keyboard.

This has the L2300 Yonah dual core processor, and I see wild unsubstantiated rumors on thinkwiki.org that its battery life will crest eight hours. I know, it’s crazy: I have a machine that runs faster than 1Ghz and has a working battery. Welcome to 2001. :roll:

Also included in the deal were a whopping 512Mb of memory, an 80Gb SATA hard drive, an Intel 82573 Gigabit connection and an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless connector, and with Intel’s 945GM graphics subsystem. I hope this doesn’t make me an Intel fanboy for buying one; I really didn’t have a choice in picking the guts.

Final price was just under US$400, which might be a little high but includes a 30-day guarantee, and judging by ebay it’s not too far off the mark. I had a chance to pick up a low-end X61 (no “s”) but I couldn’t see spending almost US$200 more for a machine that only had a small bump in processor power, a larger hard drive and twice as much memory. If those last two things become important, I’m fairly sure I can find substitutes for less than $200.

It also came with a straight installation of Windows XP, which I considered to be an improvement over the X61 I saw, which was cursed with Vista. Not that it would have mattered much; I came home and rigged up a USB key to run Clonezilla, and mirrored the entire XP installation to an external drive before doing so much as typing my e-mail address into Explorer. I take no chances.

So far I like what I got. I didn’t need anything super-fancy, but I’ve already gotten more than my money’s worth out of the USB2.0 ports and the SD card reader (welcome to 2003 … :roll: ). I also really like the fact that it has a very small footprint, and a 1024×768 screen is just fine for me. The graphics are strong enough to show Warzone 2100 with no slowdown whatsoever, so I can even amuse myself beyond Stone Soup again.

Yes, I think I got a good one. I am sure most people would say I got a good one knowing only that I picked out a Thinkpad, but not all Thinkpads were created equal. I like this one for a lot of little reasons, and I am certain it will prove very useful in the future.

And don’t worry, I may have a somewhat-modern machine now, but I am still typing this at 120Mhz. There’s only so much convenience that contemporary hardware can offer. Beyond that, a Pentium will work just as well, thank you. :mrgreen:

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12 Responses to “Hello Thinkpad X60s”

  1. 1 Greg 2010/02/21 at 1:42 AM

    Sure, give the 2012 doomsayers another omen.

  2. 3 Onyros 2010/02/21 at 10:47 AM

    Hey, congrats! I picked up (yet another) Thinkpad myself, an X31!

    Thinkpads are the best!

  3. 4 Kathryn 2010/02/21 at 8:04 PM

    I bought a Yonah Core Duo about 3 years ago (made by Gateway). It’s a nice processor. Came with Vista. It now dual boots Fedora and Vista. I only keep Vista hanging around for video editing. I’ve not found anything I like on Linux (though I’m researching).

    It’s still a snappy machine. Faster than the Windows boxen (spyware infested things they are) at work.

    I remember my first Thinkpad circa 1998. If it weren’t for a busted power jack, I’d still be using it.

  4. 5 Onyros 2010/02/22 at 3:20 AM

    Your X60 looks in pretty good shape, especially for an under $400 machine. I got the X31 for under $100 – without postage. Incredible how cheap these things are these days.

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