05-03-2016 03:55 AM - edited 05-03-2016 06:59 AM
I'm looking into replacing my ageing x121e with a newer model later in the year, that x260 is looking nice, but i have some questions from owners of current models:
-Have Lenovo fixed the failed hinge design of the x121e? My previous laptop (x100e) still has faultless hinges, but the x121e has failed hinges on both sides due to a very stupid design choice: They made quite heavy duty hinges but attached them on flimsy plastic standoffs which shattered after about 14 months. My x121e is now held together with lots of electrical tape as the hinge assemblies are entirely free-floating inside the case.
-What is the fan noise like? The x100e/x121e have relatively noisy fans as laptops go, though i did limit that especially on the x121e with CPU undervolting and fan control software, enabling it to turn off the fan about 80% of the time under load. have they managed to use quieter fans lately?
05-05-2016 02:36 AM
I have an X100e, X120e and X140e and never had any hinge problems with them, but these are also different units from the X2n0 series of units. No hinge problems noted on my X220 or my X250. The X260 is similar to the X250.
The X100e and X120e models ran hot because of their AMD CPUs were stuck inside very small chassis. The X220 and X250 have larger chassis and larger fans and run much quieter. From what I understand, the X260's CPUs use slightly less power than similar models in the X250 series, so I'd expect them to be as quiet if not quieter than the previous generation.
05-05-2016 06:38 AM
Thanks for the reply.
Regarding the hinge, just google "x121e hinge" and click the image results, or visit http://x121e.tumblr.com/ for some more examples.
Though that said, if this is not happening in newer models thats great. The build quality of the rest of the laptop was fine, as was my x100e, it's just the hinges that let it down in a big way.