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07-21-2020

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Which W series laptop is the most reliable?

2020-07-21, 11:03 AM

I've been working on an X220 for the past month, mostly for programming and learning more about different linux distributions. However, I am also an aspiring filmmaker. I usually edit my videos using the University's computers, but I'm slowly getting annoyed at the fact that the labs are only open from 9 AM - 4 PM, which barely allows me to edit clearly. I've been meaning to get a workstation for a while, but as much as specs excite me, I need something that's going to last, more than anything. I would greatly appreciate your comments, which would allow me to purchase the right workstation before I begin my next semester.

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10-03-2011

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Re:Which W series laptop is the most reliable?

2020-07-21, 14:27 PM

All are reliable, especially compared to consumer-grade laptops, if you can find them in good working order. The contemporary W-series of X220 is W520, and it's 9 years old now (mine still works fine). The youngest W541-series are now 5 years old. 

 

A piece of portable electronics that survives that long is quite reliable, and its further life expentancy likely has more to do with where/how the particular device was treated.

 

However, anything that old isn't too well suited for modern and future video editing,  as hardware support for H.265/HEVC isn't there. Still, if your needs can be satisfied with X220, any W/P series starting from W520 will do better. 

 

 

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Which W series laptop is the most reliable?

2021-02-03, 16:41 PM
Hi, I would recomment the P-series (Starting with P50) if budget allows for a modern machine with 2xNVMe bays plus one SATA SSD/HDD you might move over from the X220. To answer your question etter we would need to know your budget and if ou are looking for a new machine or used machine. A W541 might work right now, but if you want it to last a little longer, in terms of OS/GPU supprt the P51 M2200 is the oldest with a somehat acceptable GPU. (GM206) If it is out of budget a P50 will also have the same IO configuration.
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