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So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-10, 9:21 AM

Instead of reading here and there that this or that is wrong i would like to know how users LIKE their T400s...

 

all input welcome

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12-20-2008

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-10, 10:07 AM

oh boy i love it to death. Especially given the overall quality feel, the balance of size, feature and thinness, what more can a man ask from his laptop. When you use it, everything just feels so natural and it reminds you why you fell in love with thinkpads all those years ago.

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08-12-2008

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-10, 11:44 AM

Also very happy. My best Thinkpad sofar by a good margin!

 

Only issues from my side is the 1.8" disk. Still very low availability of SSD's in this form factor and high prices. Can understand that this is a forward looking decision by Lenovo but still would have preferred a 2.5".

 

Coming from an X61s I especially like the screen, the built-in WWAN card and the fact that everything I need for Skype is built in. No need to carry a separate WWAN card and headset. :smileyhappy:

 

Mats

 

 

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-11, 3:39 AM

the 1.8 inch format is probably used for its compactness and which allows the overall height with the rubber shock absorbing rail to add to around 9.5 mm in height. This is how T400s can achieve thinness without removing the different structural support. 

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10-18-2009

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-18, 17:15 PM

Love mine so far.

 

Running Vista Business x64 - awaiting the Windows 7 upgrade

 

Video conference works well

Look and feel is great -- it is good to come back to Thinkpads.  Moved to Dell from Thinkpads and now I'm back :)

Quiet and cool

DVD Drive gets noisy, but I rarely use it

Hot swap of ultrabay from dvd to extra battery to extra storage - awesome

Keyboard is great - need to get used to CTRL and FN being swapped

 

I don't really play 3d games, so the graphics card is fine for me.

 

Cheers

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07-31-2009

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-19, 21:51 PM

Overall I'm satisfied.  From my perspective, having previously owned a Thinkpad 600X and most recently a 'bargain' priced HP dv2000z (vintage 2007), I'd say that the T400s blows them all out of the water  based on size & weight, battery life, screen brightness (finally I can get some use of it outdoors, though not in direct sun), and snappy performance.  With its SSD, it puts my desktop Core i7 to shame in disk intensive scenarios.  I also find the custom Lenovo power management and utilities to be far better than the competition.  It has been very reliable, in both hardware and software (if you don't count the occasional loss of screen brightness control and wireless power state).  Based on all these considerations (and even taking into account my least favorite features noted below) I'd not hesitate to buy the machine again. 

 

  Specific quibbles-- I find the power, volume, and mute switches(basically all the round buttons at the top of the keyboard) to be a bit cheap feeling in operation (they seem to tilt and wiggle unsteadily in their recesses when depressed), especially compared to my cheap (in price) HP notebook .  Operating the power switch sometimes takes more than one try-- it doesn't have a defined tactile response (or if it does, it randomly fails to work). Also, it really bugs me  that all these round buttons all feel identical and cannot be distinguished by touch.  How about adding a tactile bump or depression to differentiate some of them?  I'd especially like to be able to distinguish the volume buttons from all the others without memorizing their location on the keyboard.    Again, a quibble but something I notice every time I use the machine.

 

Also, it doesn't surprise me that there are complaints about cracked palm rests.   Since the machine is so wonderfully light,  it's often  tempting to pick it up (when open) by a single corner with just one hand, and I don't know if the plastics have been designed with enough strength to take day to day handling like that...  somehow it doesn't feel like it, in spite of the nice rigid feel it has when closed (if you don't count the occasional creak from the right side of the battery compartment). 

 

 Again, all this compared to my 2X cheaper (and admittedly heavier) 14" HP notebook-- that machine is a marvel of strength and rigidity, and remains so after a couple of years of heavy use.  Too bad its NVIDIA core logic conked out prematurely-- the reason I jumped ship to Lenovo....

 

 

 

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12-20-2008

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-20, 1:18 AM

The T400s shouldn't creak when you pick it up by the edge..... it uses a real fiberglass/carbon fiber chassis not those printed on patterns that some consumer laptops have. 

 

The cracking of the palm rest is mainly due to the over tightening of screws and shouldn't really due to the chassis. This happens in other thinkpads too.. 

 

http://lenovoblogs.com/insidethebox/?p=247

 

You can watch the video of an actual T400s been run over by a truck.... i don't think HP would have survived that. 

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07-31-2009

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-20, 1:46 AM

The T400s shouldn't creak when you pick it up by the edge...  I agree.  And mine doesn't; but I do hear and feel movement (call it a click, tick,  or whatever) from the battery as it responds to pressure and shifts slightly in its compartment on the bottom of the system in normal handling.   I'm sure the chassis itself isn't creaking.  But anyone unfamiliar with the hi-tech underpinnings would say it just creaks.  For all its other shortcomings, the $700 HP (well, in my sample at least) managed to secure its battery better-- or maybe  the battery itself is made with tighter dimensional tolerances.  Anyone who handled it unaware of its humble origins would call it  extremely solid (and, fairly heavy).   Granted, I never ran it over with a truck.

 

In all fairness,  as I look at the volume control of the T400s I see that it certainly is differentiated from the others by its oblong shape.  But in practice, each side of the switch feels so similar to the other round buttons on the keyboard that in normal use I find myself unable to readily distinguish it from the others just by touch. The 'slide' bar used on the HP doesn't require any finesse to operate without looking at it.


At any rate,  I don't want these minor criticisms to overshadow my recommendation; it's a fine machine. 

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-10-27, 15:21 PM

oh i love it!

 

i bought a 2815-rw1 in hong kong, and i added 4gb turbo memory to it (comes with 4gb ram already). i also plan on adding an hsdpa to it, and also an x18-m 160gb g2 when it's available.

 

the only real complaint is the rubber foot (leg, whatever) on the battery, which means if i don'y use the battery it'll not be able to "stand" (if you see what i mean)

 

oh, and the single 3.5mm port for headphones+mic. I don't have an iphone, so i don't have a headset like that. most business people don't either (they have blackberries). so why design it this way?

 

but there's nothing else i want to complain. I've already stood on it (all 165lbs or me), and it passed with flying colours.

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Re: So how do you like your T400s??

2009-11-15, 0:15 AM

The blackberry bold use a headphone similar to that of Iphone.

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