Thinkpad T430: So does not making arbitrary changes to the size or shape of a model between

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

The ThinkPad naming conventions have been one of the features I really like about them. They were simple and logical for years.

T430 = T series 14” premium business laptop, 3rd generation.
X240 = X series 12.5” premium ultraportable, 4th generation.
L380 = L series 13.3” economy/student laptop, 8th generation and Gen 8 Intel.
L380 Yoga = same thing, only bendier 😂

I like the way they just added a 5 on the end instead of a “0” to indicate AMD models too. Very clever.

Reminds me of Volvo’s old naming convention.

Volvo 142 = 1 series, 4 cylinders, 2 door coupe.
Volvo 265 = 2 series, 6 cylinders, 5 doors (wagon).

Mercedes and BMW did similar things for years with the digits indicating engine displacement and the letter (for Mercedes) and the first digit (BMW) indicating the cars class/size.

Like the car companies though, Lenovo has drifted from this somewhat and it’s a bit of a bummer. Makes it a little harder to tell what’s-what.

With the 10th Gen as most of you know, they went to screen size, so the 10th Gen T-series 14” became the T14 Gen 1.

Understandable I guess, but I’m not a huge fan.

What I would have done is made it the T4100
An AMD variant could be the T4105.

Then the 11th gen successor could have been the T4110, or if they wanted it to stand out more, T4200. And so on.

Anyway. I kind of doubt many of you give this topic THAT much thought, but I figured I’d share. 🤣

I’m a big fan of logical and easily understood model number/naming schemes. If I was in charge, someone could give you just a model name/number and you’d be able to tell the size/specs/generation from that EVERY time. It makes sourcing parts, software, support and buying/making 3rd party accessories much easier.

So does not making arbitrary changes to the size or shape of a model between generations unless it really adds value. Despite what Apple says, you do NOT have to make ever successive generation of a laptop dramatically thinner than the last. Especially when it’s not an ultraportable.

Making desktop replacement/workstation laptops like the P series Uber-thin and sleek is just stupid frankly. Especially when it comes at the cost of better cooling, more ports and upgradabiltiy or expansion options.

Make laptops thinner where you can, but focus that on the ultraportable models and never do it to the others at the expense of practical things. Also focus on weight and battery life.

Thanks for reading my ThinkPad manifesto if you made it this far. 🤣

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

Yes to everything!!!
P is for performance, when you want performance, how thin is it doesn't matters. I also liked more the old naming system and the ThinkPad lid logo turned to front of user (something that no other brand did)

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

I expected the naming to change when Intel chip reached the 10th generation. I thought the longer digit names would annoy the less technology oriented people. Apparently Intel still be able to go with it.

I guess using screen sizes and “gen” for generation isn’t so bad.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

Agreed with you until the chip gen up to 10th.
Now I think that the named Thinkpad from Lenovo is perfect with X,T,P xxx with Gen y behind to indicate the sequence of the CPU.

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

You could through the name of iphone and Apple did it perfect. Anyone can imagine the year of iPhone sold the iPhone

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Oct. 9, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

T61, X380, X13. Makes perfect sense.




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