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post #76 of 88
I don't think RAM brands matter that much. Just get the cheapest you can get
post #77 of 88
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Originally Posted by mintyfresh View Post


Thanks for the heads up on the case and drivers. The case was only $9 after the discount, so it'll be nice to have when I travel.

In regards to the ram, I've been looking at the crucial brand for my source. Is this wise?

Lastly - I just received a T410 for work and I really like this unit. Seems rather zippy and solidly built. Have only used corporate applications.

This is the RAM that I was pointed towards. I found some coupon code online to get the price down to $43.99 shipped for 8GB, with a free 4GB flash drive. Good deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231294

My computer should arrive today, which is exciting!

I'm in the market for a wireless mouse also. I'm comfortable using the trackpad for most things, but find it annoying to do work in Excel using it. Any suggestions? I think this mouse is pretty damn cool, but there are mixed reviews. The price is reasonable though. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Arc-Touch-Mouse-Black/dp/B003UT6C9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top Only real downside I can tell is that it doesn't have dedicated buttons to surf back and forward on the web, but I have never had that, so it's not a big change in my life.

It has to be a USB mouse, not bluetooth, and I don't want to spend $100 on it. I don't game.

Thanks dudes.

Edit: this one looks good too http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Anywhere-Mouse-Mac/dp/B002QUZM0U/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
Edited by KJT - 7/28/11 at 12:40pm
post #78 of 88
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My x220 showed up. Quick thoughts:
It's very small and weighs next to nothing.

Installing the 8gb RAM was a breeze. I haven't really done anything with it yet, but it boots up and shuts down very quickly. biggrin.gif

Screen seems nice, but to be honest I'm not sure I can tell the difference with the IPS screen.

Windows 7 is going to take a bit of getting used to.

I don't like the trackpad - it's not sensitive enough and is textured - the one I'm used to is smooth so it feels weird. I assume there is a setting that I can adjust the sensitivity. I ordered the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse after a trip to best buy to play with the mice. It had good reviews and felt good in my hand. Battery life seems to be a bit of an issue, but only for some people. The microsoft one I linked to above is not that cool in person.

Battery charged VERY quickly.

I have no idea how to update the drivers, even with a google search. Can anyone help?
post #79 of 88
Try this: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/default.page?

I really like the logitech mouse I have - how is the 'anywhere' functionality? The one I have isn't so hot (not labeled as such).
post #80 of 88
I love my MX. It works fine on a bed, desk, the coach, and my hand, but it's nothing that the previous version which you might be able to get cheaper couldn't do. The only additional ability is that it can go still work on glass (I think), but seriously how often are you going to use a mouse on glass
post #81 of 88
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Originally Posted by KJT View Post

My x220 showed up. Quick thoughts:
It's very small and weighs next to nothing.

Installing the 8gb RAM was a breeze. I haven't really done anything with it yet, but it boots up and shuts down very quickly. biggrin.gif

Screen seems nice, but to be honest I'm not sure I can tell the difference with the IPS screen.

Windows 7 is going to take a bit of getting used to.

I don't like the trackpad - it's not sensitive enough and is textured - the one I'm used to is smooth so it feels weird. I assume there is a setting that I can adjust the sensitivity. I ordered the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse after a trip to best buy to play with the mice. It had good reviews and felt good in my hand. Battery life seems to be a bit of an issue, but only for some people. The microsoft one I linked to above is not that cool in person.

Battery charged VERY quickly.

I have no idea how to update the drivers, even with a google search. Can anyone help?

type lenovo device experience in the start button search. hit update and drivers. quick and painless from there
post #82 of 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by KJT View Post

My x220 showed up. Quick thoughts:
It's very small and weighs next to nothing.

Installing the 8gb RAM was a breeze. I haven't really done anything with it yet, but it boots up and shuts down very quickly. biggrin.gif

Screen seems nice, but to be honest I'm not sure I can tell the difference with the IPS screen.

Windows 7 is going to take a bit of getting used to.

I don't like the trackpad - it's not sensitive enough and is textured - the one I'm used to is smooth so it feels weird. I assume there is a setting that I can adjust the sensitivity. I ordered the Logitech Anywhere MX mouse after a trip to best buy to play with the mice. It had good reviews and felt good in my hand. Battery life seems to be a bit of an issue, but only for some people. The microsoft one I linked to above is not that cool in person.

Battery charged VERY quickly.

I have no idea how to update the drivers, even with a google search. Can anyone help?

Glad to hear it arrived!

I hate the trackpad on mine too, you can adjust the sensitivity if you like, but I just use the track point "eraser nub".

To update the drives, click the blue tool kit button on the bottom right hand of the screen, down near the clock, battery meter, and wireless strength. From there you should be able to update all your drivers. Click on the big box at the top that says system health, then find the button that says " Latest software and driver updates".

You should notice a difference in things like sound, wireless, and probably the trackpad after you do.

There are many other useful tools and bits of information in that blue tool kit, try poking around in there.


EDIT:

'err, I just checked the tool kit utility. I guess there must have been an update since I last looked at it. everything has moved around, but the driver update function you need is still there somewhere
Edited by Bentech - 7/31/11 at 11:21am
post #83 of 88
Received my Lenovo today. It was a shock to see it already delivered since I had just placed the order last week. The expected ship date was 8/31...one day before school starts.

First impressions - solid build as expected - keyboard clicks like any other thinkpad (a good thing) and the screen is very, very sharp. I only wish the resolution could go higher. Again, the computer is boring, but highly functional.

The biggest downside of the computer is the trackpad. It doesn't scroll well, and it doesn't work in a consistent manner. Coming from a Macbook Pro, this aspect is a huge downgrade.

Still glad I made the decision as I'll be commuting about 30 minutes each way to and from school. Light, powerful, battery efficient.
post #84 of 88
I am currently updating my BIOS driver.

When I run the installation tool, a warning appears stating, "BIOS image file is older than BIOS ROM. Do you want to continue?".

Should I proceed with the update or cancel out?

Much appreciated, gentlemen.
post #85 of 88
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I am currently updating my BIOS driver.

When I run the installation tool, a warning appears stating, "BIOS image file is older than BIOS ROM. Do you want to continue?".

Should I proceed with the update or cancel out?

Much appreciated, gentlemen.

First off, I agree 100% with what your saying about the clickpad. As someone who uses an X220 and a macbook, I find the clickpad monumentally superior in every way on the macbook.

As for your BIOS situation, based on the message your getting, I would probably not update. It sounds like your machine already has the latest version installed? Be sure to install all other updates though.


Also, check out the configuration software for the clickpad, there's a ton of options there that might help you tweak it to your liking. Me? I just use the track-point "Eraser nub"
post #86 of 88
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Been using my x220 for the last few days in my MBA pre-classes. It's lightning fast. I don't think there is any reason for me to upgrade to a solid state HD to improve speed. I don't do anything that is super demanding of my machine, so for what I'm doing, I don't think it could be faster.

I still don't like the trackpad or the eraser nub, but the logitech anywhere mx is a great mouse. Really does work anywhere and takes two seconds to pull out of the bag and turn on. I have used it at home on glass, granite, wood, my laptop screen, my hand, etc and it works very well.

I take back what I said about the screen. Dude next to me today had an Asus computer about the same size and I could see a noticeable difference in the sharpness between the two.

I am very happy with the purchase.

I bought this case b/c of a recommendation from someone else with an x220, but it doesn't fit snugly. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002W5V8SE However, the extra room allows me to fit my power cord in the side pocket. Could do worse for a case.
post #87 of 88
This post should just be changed to the X220 thread.

I have found a good add on to improve the functionality of the touch pad:

This google project allows for a smooth 2-finger-scroll AND 2-finger-tap:
http://code.google.com/p/two-finger-scroll/
This is an awesome, awesome tool that mimics the macbook touchpad.

Also - be sure to update your drive for the touchpad directly from the lenovo site. The updater tool that is native to the Thinkpad didn't recognize the need to update it - the latest version is 15.3.8.
post #88 of 88
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I take back what I said about the screen. Dude next to me today had an Asus computer about the same size and I could see a noticeable difference in the sharpness between the two.

So many laptops just have a piece-of-shit screen. I think manufacturers don't care, or don't think consumers will notice (they probably don't, by and large). I've found that Dell laptops tend to be the worst when it comes to this. I'm pretty happy with the screen on my Macbook Pro, though.
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