[GLLUG] Seemingly Simple Question

Leo Francisco lists at boywithwings.co.uk
Wed Nov 4 15:29:51 UTC 2015

Hey Popey,

Thanks for the feedback. Think I'm going to go for the T410. Especially
considering some of your points. I hope the track pad is better on the
T410 as that's what I tend to use.

Luckily some of the other stuff wouldn't effect me as it's quite a
specific use case. I think they're so cheap now that I can live with
some of that stuff. A T410 can be bought from around £200 for a Grade A
refurbished model.

Great Linux Unplugged show yesterday, proper cracked me up.


On 04/11/15 10:50, Alan Pope wrote:
> Hi Leo,
> On 2 November 2015 at 22:57,  <lists at boywithwings.co.uk> wrote:
>> I'm thinking either a T410 or X220. The main goal would be a tough laptop
>> that I could use for DJing and Music Production. Unfortunately this means I
>> would have to run Windows on it (URGH UNCLEAN) to run some of the music
>> software I rely. I would probably dual boot with Ubuntu Studio.
> I have an i7 Thinkpad X220 which currently dual boots Windows / Ubuntu
> with two SSDs (one traditional SATA, one mSATA). Works okay for a 4
> year old laptop.
>> My question is mainly, which one do people recommend for my use case? I do a
>> lot of lugging equipment around the UK (and Europe), so that would push me
>> towards the X220.
> I don't know the T410, but my thoughts on the X220:-
> i7 variant cannot dump the heat generated by the CPU. My i7 frequently
> overheats, and always has, co-workers have i5 which never do.
> Screen resolution is annoyingly low these days, but if that's not a
> factor in your decision, then okay.
> Modern Intel video drivers seem to have gone down the drain.
> Sandybridge based devices (which, okay, are 4+years old) are painful
> when any kind of 3d stuff is being done, and on recent kernels are
> quite crashy.
> Speakers are awful / low volume.
> Build quality isn't that great. I've had to replace the palm rest (at
> my own expense - thanks Lenovo!) because it cracks (co-workers have
> seen same on theirs).
>> I've seen the more expensive X220 occasionally for sale with a i7 but the
>> T410 with only an i5. My Macbook has a dual core i5 with 8GB of RAM and 1TB
>> hybrid drive and has a similar form factor to the cheaper T410. Would there
>> be a big performance gap between the i7 X220 and the i5 T410? I will go for
>> an SSD in either and a good trackpad is a must.
> The trackpad on the X220 is tiny. I actual disable it because I'm a
> nipple (trackpoint) kinda guy. The trackpad is quite 'clacky' on the
> x220.
> Cheers,
> Al.
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