CF-31 as a "light" workhorse laptop?

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  1. SJLPHI

    SJLPHI Notebook Consultant

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    Hello,
    Lately I am finding myself using my CF-19Mk6 a lot, even more so than my Lenovo T480 mostly because the T480 is much more delicate. I carry my T480 in a Pelican backpack which defeats the purpose of having a light, thin performance laptop. Besides, while the performance is nice, it's not necessary. My CF-19 almost fits the bill except I go a little bit crazy with its keyboard arrangement, small screen size and how hot it gets (to the point it burns my palms if I rest my hands on chassis).

    This got me thinking that I may invest in a used CF-31 with preferably i5-3rd or 5th gen CPU + dGPU (whatever opportunistic buy is on ebay auctions).

    I am intending to use the CF-31 to basically replace the Lenovo T480, everything "light" duty programming + CAD designing + putting together presentation.

    I am putting together a list of components to buy additionally/replace (reapplying thermal pads, turning DVD drive into a second HDD caddy for example) but I wonder, even though I can clearly see that CF-31 will give me a larger screen and a more "natural" keyboard arrangement, will it still be able to perform as a light workhorse laptop without burning me literally?

    I know that it is one of the few toughbooks with fans but how hot does it get when pushed to 100% performance for extended period of time?
     
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    There’s a sweet MK3 for sale and the seller can answer all your questions, he’s the search ninja


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    31 is a _massive_ downgrade from a T480 though.
     
  5. SJLPHI

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    Yep, especially considering the 32GB RAM and i7 8th gen core with MX150 dGPU. The problem with T480 is that I actually have to take care of it and treat it as a delicate equipment rather than a brick. Mos of the time it sits in its Pelican backpack and I am actually choosing to carry my CF-19 especially since I have a desktop at work and an Alienware 15 at home.
     
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    You can put 32gb in a mk5 but the 16gb chips are pricey.
     
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    If you need the discrete graphics card the best is a mk4 ..The dgpu was dropped on the mk5+.
     
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    You don't have to, it's mil-std-810g certified. Anyway, cf-31 is extremely bulky. Maybe there's a sense to look for cf-5x series. But I would prefer working on thinkpad whenever it's possible.
     
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    Honestly the certification doesn't mean much... Up until Tx30, lenovos were quite sturdy, T440~T480+ are built like Macs and gets scruffed up too easily, not to mention the inadequate cooling without tweaking the fan speeds.

    I did consider CF-5x series but right now CF31 with its handle an full ruggedness attracts me. I just want something that is essentially a larger version of CF19 with proper keyboard layout and a larger screen and handle heat better.

    Regarding

    Do they have any Nvidia dGPUs or all Radeon?
     
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    All ATI Radeon™ HD.
     
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