Thinkpad X1: However this is my work laptop and will never be running any processor

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

Hey everyone πŸ‘‹πŸΌ I bought this gen3 X1 Carbon earlier in the year, but unfortunately I dropped it yesterday smashing the screen and chipping the screen backing 😒

A new screen is £150, but I've found a L380 for £199 and was thinking of buying that instead. It has an gen8 i3, 256ssd and 16gb. I think I'm right in saying it's a bit newer than my X1 also 🀷

I'm no expert but I think the only real downfall is the i3 processor. However this is my work laptop and will never be running any processor intensive programs.

What's peoples thoughts? Fix the X1 or buy this l380? I figured I should get some money back for the X1 as it is, so overall cost would be about the same 🀷

Just to add, one thing I really don't like about my X1 is the touch pad πŸ˜– it's just not good to use... Will the touch pad on this L380 be any better?

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

well if a difference between an 8th gen thinkpad and a screen for 2015 machine is just 50 dollars, I would suggest upgrading to L380, and in the future, if ?(hopefully) sceeen prices go down/you wind a good deal fix the carbons screen.

8th gen i3 performs just a tiny bit better than the i5-5300u and the i7-5500u/5600u found in yout carbon. I would look for an 8th gen ThinkPad with an i5/i7, as they are quad core. If you can find one in the budget of course

out of the screen vs l380 - I would definitely pick an L380

Oh and it semms that you have actually a 2nd gen X1 carbon judging by the touch function panel and horrible touchpad. Upgrade to L380 highly advised >:D The terrible keyboard and touchpad will be replaced with proper ones. I'm sure you'll like that

also this one in the picture seems like a yoga model so it has an convertible touchscreen

great, thanks for your advice! My X1 definitely says "3rd generation" on the back. But it is i5-4200 and the touch pad is absolutely horrid πŸ˜‚πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–
Think I'll get this L380 then πŸ‘πŸΌ thank you!

Yeah probably it has a mismatched back housing as those were interchangeable between 3rd and 2nd gen model. This is definitely a 2nd gen judging by the cpu, keyboard and touchpad. You can also search for 2nd gen screens maybe those are cheaper at like 70usd. The L380 is an upgrade in every way, Battery life, screen quality, keyboard, touchpad, ddr4 ram and nvme drives

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

i3 works, depending what you have in mind of course
I have an L380 Yoga here
Awesome one, but it's a Gen 8 CPU

yea, the one I'm looking at it gen 8 also πŸ‘πŸΌ

And it's 199.00 pound ?
Grab it
And look for parts to fix the other one
Makes you don't need to rush things

yea πŸ‘πŸΌ out of interest, roughly what year would it be if it's 8th gen?

2017/18 something

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

For reference here's a picture of the L380 in question πŸ‘

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

Both. Get the L380, and then get around to fixing the X1 when You got time and money for it. Then you have TWO Thinkpads >=)

ahhh mate, I have too many cars to start collecting ThinkPad's also πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

But the Thinkpads are much smaller, You could have one in each car >=)

yea, storage is an issue with the cars πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
The laptop is for my business though, and I'd rather recoup some money from the old one if I can πŸ‘πŸΌ

IF so, get the L380 and rebuild the x1 and sell the one you feel less comfortable with using for work πŸ˜‰ But yeah I get you and if your work needs are nothing heavy the L380 would do the job. The i3 processors arent bad and will get most things done.

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

Just bought the L380 πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ there was some eBay deal on so actually got it for Β£189! Which sounds like a bargain for a gen8 L380 πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

Thanks for all your help guys!

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

L380/L390 are amazing. I have an X1 Yoga g4 which is way better than my L390, but I'm still using the L390 as my daily because they keyboard feels so great.

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

I3 8th gen is rly slow, i wouldnt.

i3 8th gen is literally a little faster than 5th gen i5 and i7, with much better power management

but only barely, in my experience an i7 4600u is still a bit better in performance and any quadcore i5 8th gen will wipe the floor with all of the above

yeah any quad core will be a much better performer, but since 8th gen i3 is performing as well as 5th gen i5 and i7 cpus, and it is made in newer litography, it will be much more power and thermal efficient

I'll pick a M3 from two to three generations ago over a new base 3 series any day. They are just built differently for completely different purposes.

Yeah it is true they are different. You choose between identical performance and possibly different feature set, versus power efficiency and thermal properties. Intel cpus can be categorised in mostly 3 groups - 1st-3rd gen cpus, 4th-7th U class ones, and 8th gen+ quad core ones. The 4th-7th gen U class cpus are incredibly similar, does not matter if it is an i3, i5 or i7, they perform nearly the same as all of them are dualcore hyperthreaded cpus

Oct. 9, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

I had a new work laptop that was an HP with an i3. It was completely useless and incapable of handling Excel and PowerPoint open at the same time. I ended up swapping it for a crusty old Lenovo with an i5. I wouldn't get an i3 anything unless you are using it to check email and have maybe max 2 browser tabs open at any one time.

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