Thinkpad T61: Web pages are so much more usable, the screen is taller for a better Urklenomic

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Oct. 5, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

Put an SSD and Win 10 on my 4x3 T61 and I have to say, such a pleasure using the display. Web pages are so much more usable, the screen is taller for a better Urklenomic position, no useless empty margins on the side.

Trackpoint doesn't recalibrate and fight me every 3 minutes, and its height makes it so much more precise and natural than the T25.

Pity we can't have a modern equivalent.

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Oct. 5, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

16:10 isn't too bad... probably the closest thing we'll get these days.

I prefer 16:10. Same height as 4:3, but extra width.

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Oct. 5, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

R61 was my first Thinkpad, it came out the same period as T61, but it has wide 16:9 screen, which made me kind of hate it.
I couldn’t afford the T61 back then.

Recently I got a good deal on a X12 detachable, so I got one, and it has 3:2 screen. The taller screen really makes big difference.

I think the T61 cost me $1800 back in the day. How is the X12 as a laptop? These things have faster CPUs than my T25 and probably much better screen, but not sure how the leg and top-heavy screen would feel on the lap.


X12 is not made for using on the lap, I’d say.
I tried it once and the stand was flipped back in place and almost fall, due to the weight of the screen and tilt angle of my lap.

Other than that I’ve been happy. Felt much better than MS surface.
For tablet mode, Windows (10) is still not as smooth as an iPad though, but not too bad. May be Win11 will be better, I haven’t tried.

For R61, I think I paid about equivalent of USD 950-1000, and this is also what I paid for the X12 detachable.

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Oct. 5, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

X1 Fold is 4:3

Hehe, too bleeding edge for me (read: expensive), might look at one of the 16x10 ones, but still no 7 row keyboard...

Was $2.5k USD when it came out. You can get it on Amazon for under a grand now...




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