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IBM(Leveno) Thinkpad R50e

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by d_jedi, Aug 30, 2005.

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  1. d_jedi

    d_jedi Notebook Geek

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    Wondering what everyone thinks about this laptop:
    http://caipsgws001.can.ibm.com/store/addoptions?sku=VETP144&bannerkey=0&aud=LENOVO

    Wondering:
    1) How much battery life?
    2) What kind of games could I play on it? (this isn't a gaming laptop - but a diversion once in a while would be nice)
    3) Is the screen of high quality? Specifically, will it be faded to the point of unusability outdoors in the sun?
    4) Does it come with a touch pad, or just a track point?

    Edit I checked the review on this in the "reviews" section of the website, but it appears the configuration above is significantly different (namely, this one is Centrino, I believe, so it has WIFI..)
     
  2. Michael1980

    Michael1980 Notebook Consultant

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    1. 4 hours seems I would say.
    2. Some earlier games, this laptop will not put good 3d marks.
    3. Average matte XGA screen, although it does not say that in the specs.
    4. I don't know.

    Keep in mind that the R50e will not take the modular bay options for the the R50/R51/R52.
     
  3. yahooR52

    yahooR52 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Seems cheap to me, but then again this is IBM we're talking about here :buyIBM:
     
  4. Henry Su

    Henry Su Notebook Consultant

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    For #4, it should come with both a touchpad and a trackpoint. Also, to clear things up, you don't need Centrino to have wireless; Centrino is simply Pentium M + Intel Chipset + Intel Wireless.
     
  5. mamzh

    mamzh Newbie

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    For #4

    The R50e I just bought with $849 doesn't include touchpad, only has Trackpoint. I almost returned it immediately, but I got used to it after one week.
     
  6. d_jedi

    d_jedi Notebook Geek

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    I meant Centrino --> wireless, not wireless --> Centrino
    :D
     
  7. d_jedi

    d_jedi Notebook Geek

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    I'd be interested in your opinion on this laptop..
     
  8. raineed

    raineed Notebook Enthusiast

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    Why RAM speed of this model is 266mhz (it's PC2700 DDR)?
    PC2700 should be 333mhz. I can't find same memory from tigerdirect, bestbuy or staples etc.
    The additional memory of 512M provided by IBM itself is PC2100 266mhz.
    It's very strange.
     
  9. soodvarun

    soodvarun Newbie

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    Iam planning to buy this notebook.

    I will add 512 MB RAM to it.

    My typical tasks are programming in Java and C++ and ofcourse lots of browsing..

    Please tell me your reviews and some suggestion.

    thanks
    Dexter
     
  10. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    They are nice notebooks. Not as good as the T series. They are little heavier and have more plastic, but still have great keyboards and build quality.
     
  11. dr_st

    dr_st Notebook Deity

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    What would you say is the key difference between a T-series and an R-series notebook?
     
  12. Henry Su

    Henry Su Notebook Consultant

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    Weight and build material, definitely. The R-series is still well-built, but is primarily of ABS plastic.
     
  13. dr_st

    dr_st Notebook Deity

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    So in terms of hardware both are similarly configurable? Or are there things that IBM only puts on T-series? Dedicated graphics cards? Flexview?
     
  14. Henry Su

    Henry Su Notebook Consultant

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    I'm not sure if the R-series have FlexView, but the choices for graphics are pretty much the same as for the T-series. Lenovo just recently added the fingerprint ID as an option to the R-series.
     
  15. Michael1980

    Michael1980 Notebook Consultant

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    The R-series does have IPS (FlexView as called by IBM) screen (not on all models obviously). IMO there is nothing on the T that you can't get on the R. They even take the same 9 cell battery. In fact the R has better DVDR options because it uses a bigger modular bay.
     
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