Old vs. Current Thinkpad surface texture

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  1. vinuneuro

    vinuneuro Notebook Virtuoso

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    Initially I thought the new Thinkpads' smooth finish feel a bit cheap. But again using a Thinkpad that has the coarser texture, it's now apparent the smooth finish is much more comfortable especially on the palm rests. However, my notebook is in and out of a backpack daily and the lid is already showing some wear in just a month. While handling it too I'm really missing the rubber coating the previous models had.
     
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    soul347 Notebook Evangelist

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    My ThinkPad Yoga lid scratches very easily. I've just reached the point where I don't want to let it bother me too much. What's important is it is a strong and durable material, even though it can cosmetically get damaged. Between the old and new, I'd prefer the new
     
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    Can you please post a picture of it? When you have time of course.
     
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    What is the wear like? On the older Thinkpads, the rubberized texture was super easy to wear off, particularly at the corners and edges. I had thought eliminating that would make the surface more resistant to abrasive wear.
     
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    In my experince, the new lid material does not wear of (other than some scratches) at the edge or the corners.

    The palmrest is textured with a different material, it is more like the classic rubbery material, and does not wear of. Unlike plastic palmrests, the new palmrest does no get glossy, only dirty, and the grease can be cleaned of very easily.
     
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    jook33 Notebook Evangelist

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    what is this talk of rubbers/plastics/metals not wearing? is this some parallel universe?
     
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    Even my Z61t and the other myriad of older ThinkPads I have owned for more than ~6-12 months average I flip laptops, never really had any wear. Of course it sat on a desk 24/7. My biggest gripe about the rubberized surface was grease/oils are hard to clean off of it (yes I love to eat and use my computer at the same time).
     
  8. vinuneuro

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    The expectation isn't to have no wear, but one of how much is acceptable in just a month. Based on what I'm already seeing I extrapolate what it might look like a year from now and I don't think it's going to be great. Unlike the old rubber coating, the corners and edges are doing fine. It's the main area on the lid that's wearing. I can see small scratches and places where the surface is losing the grain that's there in the finish. Most of you likely don't move around with your machines the way I do and won't experience it to this extent. It's easy to clean by just wiping it with some gentle cleaner.
     
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    I carry my T440s all around school with me. It has been 3 months and I have no wear at all on the lid. Mind you I do have some marks on my palmrest from the screen bezel pressing on it when the lid is closed.
     
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    I love the classic thinkpads, but never was a fan of the rubberized coating. If you get a chance compare the 15.4" R61 to a T61, the R model doesn't have the ruberized coating but it is textured and is easier to clean. In comparison also look at an SL series that has polished plastic that shows every tiny mark. My favorite surface would be on this R series.

    To clarify, I don't really dislike the rubberized coating, but it doesn't wear well and doesn't deal with stickers well at all.
     
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