06-29-2012 08:25 PM
OK I know this is a bit of orange and apple comparison. But nevertheless...
I've had my W500 for 3 and a half years now, and it's still pretty snappy by my standard...well, mostly.
I had to upgrade the OS to Windows 7 in order to get IE9 running smoothly enough. But other than that everything seems
to be working just fine, very little has gone wrong during the last 3.5 years.
Here's my W500's main spec:
Hitachi 7K200 160GB 7200rpm
Intel T9400 2.5 GHz 6M Cache
2*2GB DDR3 1066MHz
AMD FireGL v5700 512MB discrete
15.4" 1680x1050 16:10 LCD
3 USB 2.0 ports
Now that I'm working overseas and have to travel from time to time ( not very often, maybe once every 2 months)
I'm looking to get an ultraportable/ultrabook. At the same time I know the trade offs:
IPS LED tiny screen vs. OK quality big, high resolution 16:10 screen
But apart from those trade offs, I also wanted to know which option would give me the best bang for the buck:
A $1,000 X220 with i7 chip, IPS screen and longer battery life, 3 yr warranty + A $50 external DVD drive; or
A $400 upgrade package which would get me a 256GB plextor M3 SSD+ all 8GB RAM that W500 can accomodate+ Genuine W7 pro 64bit ( I'm using a 32bit home premium copy now)
Before anyone answers I can probably predict that most will lean toward X220.
To me it's not really about the money though, it's just that I hate dumping things that still work normally just to get a new toy. It's a sentimental reason, I guess.
06-30-2012 05:18 AM
Can I just ask... why the hell you using Internet Explorer? It's laggy as hell...
get Google Chrome it's lightning quick in comparison to IE9.
Also surely the X220 is old hat now... what with the X230 out now?
Also is it an actual real i7 that's in the X series nowadays?
For example the X201 i7 was just a rebadged i5 in reality. (Did anyone get 16GB RAM working in an X201?)
As for the upgrade of your W500, I'd go for a 256GB Samsung instead of Plextor.
07-01-2012 08:23 AM
I've tried all the major third party web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera; yet I'm finding IE the most intuitive browser to use.
Thanks for the suggestion on SSD, but why Samsung instead of Plextor? Just curious. Plextor queality is very highly regarded in my area.
07-01-2012 08:47 AM
07-01-2012 09:09 AM
07-05-2012 09:29 AM - edited 07-06-2012 03:51 PM
I think the big question is how much does your career rely upon your laptop? At 3.5 years old the W500 is probably either out of warranty or will be soon. If it is in warranty parts could take 3+ weeks if it needed a repair. If not in warranty when something eventually needs replacing or fixing you'll probably need to purchase a new part somewhere like eBay and install it yourself (or replace the machine).
From what I hear, the IPS screen in the X-series is more about viewing angles than anything else. I think it has a ~67.8% gamut.
We really need to know your usage scenario to give a recommendation. Are you doing things with graphics, playing games, just word & excel, etc.