Wednesday, May 6, 2009

ThinkPad X301

Work updated my laptop to a Lenovo ThinkPad X301 to replace my dated T42. Last year I had also purchased a MacBook system and very quickly started using both the T42 and MacBook for development work. Because of the T42's age, the MacBook was more useful (it being virt-capable, for instance). The X301 has replaced the T42 for me and is far more useful.

Over the past few weeks, I've slowly been moving work projects from the MacBook over to the X301. I completed the final move today and am now MacBook-free. That coincides with selling the MacBook too. Nothing like selling the MacBook to get you to finish up moving data to the X301.

So, specs? My knowledge of current processors and what's better or worse is long since useless. I remember that you wanted a 486 'DX' processor instead of an 'SX' processor, for instance. The Pentium 60Mhz (which I owned) was also slower than a 486 DX/4 at 100Mhz. And using anything from Cyrix was a waste of time (I owned a 6x86 133+ processor, which ran at a clock speed of 110Mhz and required the oddball 55Mhz bus speed or something like that). The last time I made an effort to stay up to date on processors was with my Pentium Pro system. I had a dual Pentium Pro 200Mhz system. Each CPU ran at 200Mhz, had 1MB of L2 cache, and got really really hot. I had an Intel PR440FX mainboard with onboard AIC-7880 SCSI. That was neat....10 years ago. OK, so skip to now. I don't know processor names, low end or high end speeds, or really anything else about them. But I do know what the X301 has:
  • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U9400 @ 1.40GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB SSD storage
  • DVD RW drive
  • USB, BlueTooth, wifi, Ethernetfi, fingerprint reader (great?)
At least one of my friends will ask what graphics adapter it has. According to lspci, it's: 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07). Personally, I really don't care about the graphics adapter so long as I can see firefox, my email client, terminal windows, and vim.

The X301 is amazingly quiet, light, and speedy. I like it.


Camille said...

I'm not buying this one.

Camille said...

Oh, I guess this one is not for sale.