Lenovo thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by indesertum, May 14, 2011.

  1. Dashaansafin

    Dashaansafin Senior member

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    where are you gettin 8gb for $300?

    i spent 80 for mine


    What I mean is when you buy the computer the upgrade is significantly more expensive than the actual stick you can buy.
     


  2. AgentQ

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    I upgraded my x200 to 8gb and replaced the HD with an SSD. It is FAST and lasts forever (windows boots in 10-15s). It comes back from standby almost instantaneously. If you don't want to shell out another $1500-2k bucks, ram+ssd will get you 2-3 more years unless you're doing something that really requires the extra cpu.

    Oh nice, for some reason I thought 4gb ram was the max capacity. You may have saved me a g or two [​IMG]
     


  3. BlackToothedGrin

    BlackToothedGrin Senior member

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    Just bought 4 gigs of ram (will be 6 total) and a crucial m4 ssd for my x120e. I'm hoping to see some speed improvement for a very modest investment ($120). I'll report back with my results once everything arrives and is installed
     


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    Figured this thread needed a bump!

    After many frustrating Dell years, I'm finally joining the Thinkpad Family.

    I just ordered my new X220 (i5 2520m, IPS screen, 9-cell) as well as 8gb of RAM from Newegg.

    Extremely excited!

    Shipping times are looking a little bleak though, has everyone here's experiences been as bad as many of the other horror stories around the web?

    Also, Whats everyone been doing for SSDs? I know that the latest gen of thinkpads will only take 7mm thick drives. Do I have any other choices beyond an Intel drive?
     


  5. badsha

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    Largest available is the 160GB SSD for Lenovo. The new 13.3" MAC Book Air came out i5/i7 cpu 2nd gen. Apple offers 256GB SSD. I am impressed with the new Mac Book Air, 1440x900 screen, looks beautiful, price is competitive with Lenovo X1, battery life is better by 3 hours.

    Has anyone thrown Win 7 on the MacBook Air?

    Speaking of Lenovo X1, the reviews have not been stellar due to loud fan noise, Caps lock on keyboard (cant tell if on/off without software), up key sticks, rubber door that hides the USB/Mic, battery life not great, and GLOSSY Screen.

    My recommendation is to stick with the X220. X220 IPS screen blows away anything I have used. I have firsthand experience with the X1 and T420s and the LCD (w/LED Backlit) are not as nice, but still pretty good.
     
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  6. Farhan

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    I've read horror stories of CPU throttling issues on the X220, w/out any resolution from Lenovo. Anybody here experiencing slowdown on their X220s?
     


  7. Bentech

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    No issues here, mine is the i5-2520 Intel says it should run at 2.5Ghz, and turbo up to 3.2Ghz


    I just ran some tests using Prime 95, Coretemp, and CPU-Z

    At idle, it clocked itself down to about 800Mhz

    Under 100% load on all 4 threads, it it turbo'd(?) itself up to 3.0Ghz

    Under 100% load on 1 thread, it turbo'd to 3.2Ghz.

    Looks pretty normal to me.



    One worry I do have is the heat output. on the second test, with all cores maxed out, the temperature rose to 95 degrees Celcius within a few minutes. At that point I stopped the test, even though the temperature was still rising.

    Although I can't see many instances where you would be putting that much stress on your computer for very long, it is still worrying.
     


  8. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    My CPU was overheating frequently. I called service, got a one day shipping box the next day. A week later I got it back and it works fine now. Always below 52 deg celsius.
     


  9. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    :fistbump: some of the crucial drives have a removable bar that let's it fit. There's a thread on notebookreview dedicated to ssds for x220.
     


  10. Bentech

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    Hmm, thanks for the info, I might go ahead and do that.

    I don't see many times when my computer will be hitting those kinds of loads, but the fact that it was hitting the thermal limit in a matter of minutes really worries me.
     


  11. indesertum

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    Yeag give them call. One of the best customer service experiences I've had
     


  12. GQgeek

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    There's circuitry built-in to protect the cpu from melting itself. it's highly unlikely you'll kill it. No regular workload will peg all 4 cores at 100% though.
     


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    I know nothing about laptops, but would like to buy one. Ive heard good things about Lenovo. Ill just be using this for casual internet browsing, watching movies, itunes, maybe a game or two. This will be mainly used at the home, I want a decent sized screen. Looking to spend around $600, any recommendations?
     


  14. indesertum

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    Check their online outlet store. You might be able to find previous gen laptops at a good price. X200 is a good model as is the x301
     


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    I was very anxious and after conducting my own research I kopped an Ideapad V570 :)
     


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