Thinkpad T400: Thanks to IBM and Lenovo, this was a walk in the park.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

When you get your most wanted laptop. First thing to do, is to tear it apart. Thanks to IBM and Lenovo, this was a walk in the park. A couple of more screws, due to size, but everything else was just like working on a T400. Thankfully, I always keep a spare of HDD/SSD sleds and rubber rails, so I could load this one with 2x SSDs right away.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Great project. I hope it'll be worth the wait!

Oh, It was so worth the wait. I cannot begin to describe how good this feels.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Jealousy at insane levels right now... do you dare use it on your lap? How is battery life? Does it get loud? How are the temps? Which screen do you have?

Absolutely on my lap, yes. Original battery is poor, getting a new one. Loud? No, the T470s beside it is louder. I can't even hear the whirr in the fans of this massive beast. Display is 1920x1200 16:10 (Perfection) and the pop-out screen which is 768x1280.

I.e. Main screen is landscape + addon screen which is portrait. The coders dream.

Damn, really scored with that one. 1920x1200 is absolute bliss. I had a feeling it would be quiet, my Precision M6800 stays remarkably cool and quiet even under load, high quality large fans can go a long long way

That's why I've always loved the W- and the P-series, they got real-estate to exercise the power built into them.

I would've loved an equivalent W740 or something but the M6800 was the only real option. 17" with everything socketed and replaceable, no whitelists on GPU or anything. 4 mPCIe slots too make the thing an absolute beast

Absolutely. I missed out on the W7xx series originally, which was why I was so excited to get my P70, which has served me exceptionally well.

maybe one day I'll get a 17" ThinkPad, but it's hard to justify the extreme costs even got a P70 when I won't really gain any performance

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Is it true that the keyboard is wobbly on the W700-series?

No, it is absolutely not true. Just look at the pictures. Does this machine look wobbly to you?

notebookcheck reviews say the keyboard of the W700-series (most especially the one with the slide-out screen wobbles during their review (so I wanted to ask if that was the case on your unit)

They must have been stoned out of their mind. The W701ds is thick as a brick, sits like a brick on my table, and I guess the only thing that was wobbling was their heads.

I fail to imagine how the slide out display would make the keyboard wobble. It is tiny in comparison to the 17" behemoth sitting on the table.

I am curious, do you have a link to this article?

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

To put value select ram in such a wonderful machine brings tears to my eyes

It was a temporary solution. The correct 32GB RAM is installed now.




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