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Are there any overheating related issues with X200?

2008-09-17, 8:58 AM

Greetings,

 

To all X200 owners, please advise if you're experiencing any overheating related issues with your X200 thinkpad? I'm conidering an upgrade to X200 from X61. Thanks!

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Re: Are there any overheating related issues with X200?

2008-09-17, 13:09 PM
All the reviews and reports about the X200 indicate that it runs cool and quiet.
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Re: Are there any overheating related issues with X200?

2008-09-17, 13:15 PM
Reviews are nice indicators but nothing beats a user's review on a product :P
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Re: Are there any overheating related issues with X200?

2008-09-17, 14:18 PM

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=296363&page=3

 

have a read lot of X200 owners are posting about their experience, you probably can ask them a few question, if the need arises. 

 

 

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Re: Are there any overheating related issues with X200?

2008-09-17, 17:46 PM

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=299623&page=3

 

I've had the x200 for about two weeks now. My previous laptops have all been Lenovos/IBM Thinkpads, and my most recent was a a T61p, 15.4" widescreen that I bought in February or March, so pretty new. It was loaded, had the best chipset available, etc.

I switched because of weight and the need to test Vista for our company in advance of XP no longer being an option. Here are my thoughts on the X200 vis-a-vie the T61P it replaces:

1) The screen on the T61p, at 15.4" diagonal and wide, with 1920x1200 resolution, was harder to read because A) it was dimmer overall, 150 nits vs 200 nits of the x200 and B) It had less contrast available as a result and, combined with the tiny font, I found myself magnifying it to non-native resolutions. That made text larger and easier to read, but also fuzzier. Finally C) because the screen was also very sensitive to viewing angle, I found myself moving my head left to right when reading, like a parrot checking something out.

2) The 12" widescreen reminds me a great deal of my first Thinkpad, a 486SX25 with a 10.4" black and white LCD. Believe it or not, that was a good thing. I loved the tiny guy and found myself more productive on it. I just came back from a week of convention coverage using the x200 and the laptop's light weight, ease of handling and focused, bright screen made it a dream to use. The T61p was a monster to lug around and setup. The x200 is far superior, for that use.

3) Resolution: Less is More. The 1280x800 pixel count of the x200 is far less than then 1920x1200 of the T61p. But the effective resolution, ie, contrast, sharpness, brightness, readability, is far superior. I haven't had to use magnify mode for anything yet.

4) Battery life: No comparison, with the 9 cell battery, my x200 gets over 5 hours of heavy use. The T61p, lucky to see 2.5 hours out of that. Now, there's no CD/DVD drive, so "heavy use" doesn't include spinning a movie, but it includes everything else, including powering up a blackberry as a modem for a lot of that time. Weight wise, the 9 cell brings the x200 up to about 3.5 lbs, vs under 3 lbs with the 3 cell, but I need time off the grid, not a half pound savings.

5) Vista - Love or hate it, I found that, if you don't panic because they moved the cheese around, it works pretty well and I can be more productive on it than I thought in quick time. I like the "so strange it feels like an Apple" aspect of it. It has played well with most apps, except PDF Creator from SoundForge (free), so I went back to PDF995 (also free) which works well with Vista. Also, can't recommend Paint.Net highly enough, I was able to plug my camera in and using nothing but the tools included with Vista and Paint.net, get pictures and text to the show blog with no problems and much faster than I could with my t61p using corel paintshop pro, internet explorer or firefox, etc. It's just a very productive machine. Biggest complaints are losing wireless connections at home, and the occasional *** reboot.

6) Price - it's not cheap. Mine, decked with a 160 GB/7200 RPM drive, 3 GB memory, 2 GB Turbo memory, the better wireless card (but no cellular card) and bluetooth (yet to use) and the 95 watt thin powersupply with a couple of doodads to charge my ipod and blackberry simultaneously, came in with tax, around $2400. That is expensive, but ****, I'm worth it.

7) Optical and Base: At this point, I'm waiting to get the base that will allow me to add optical (but that's extra too) - overall, over $400 more to get a burner and the port replication features I need for ethernet, usb and power. Currently, all wires hang on the left side and it looks a bit sloppy in the office.

8) Heat and noise: T61p gave off too much heat, but was very quiet. The x200 gives off practically no heat and is completely silent.

Well, that's my take. I highly recommend the x200, if that's your cup of tea (it's mine).

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