T400s officially announced.

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by MaX PL, Jun 23, 2009.

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  1. wilse

    wilse Notebook Evangelist

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    well, i've been mulling it over, and i think i've decided that the t400s is no good for me
    mostly on the basis of price

    and it is all because of that damn 1.8" hard drive

    i love most of what i've seen about the t400s - it has fantastic size and weight - and i think it LOOKS incredible, very clean, very THINKPAD

    i like the screen is led wxga+ - i actually like the keyboard changes and the new touchpad

    i like the built-in 6-cell and the new ports

    however, the t400s already costs a lot more than the t400
    and, i'll also have to buy a $300 SSD, an ultra-bay caddy, and a large capacity 2.5" HDD JUST to get the t400s useable
    $500 extra, minimum

    i guess i just can't justify that, as great as the rest of the laptop is

    unfortunately, the t400 looks kinda junky now compared to the fit and finish of the t400s, so i may have to go check out other brands :(
     
  2. MaX PL

    MaX PL Notebook Deity

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    other brands?

    the T400 is still much much better than offerings from other brands.
     
  3. wilse

    wilse Notebook Evangelist

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    t400 does not offer an led wxga+ option
     
  4. MaX PL

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    so you'll choose some crappy laptop cause you cant settle for wxga led?

    and they did offer the option, but clearly there are supply issues.
     
  5. wilse

    wilse Notebook Evangelist

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    no, i'd never settle for a crappy laptop
    but i'm now open to looking at other competitive options
    t400 is pretty dated compared to lenovo's latest
     
  6. wilse

    wilse Notebook Evangelist

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    i guess i should check though, as i cannot find out on lenovo's site
    anyone know how much this t400s ultrabay hard drive caddy is priced at?
     
  7. twister

    twister Notebook Evangelist

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    Caddy cost $49.95. You can pick up 320GB 7200rpm 2.5" drive for about $60 or less. So for a little over $100 you get yourself fast 2nd hdd. Also, keep in mind Lenovo's upgrades to 128GB SSD high quality drive for $240 is very generous considering you can't get anything good (I'm talking about reputable brand name) in 1.8" for under $300.

    Anyway, just placed my order. Estimated arrival July 7th. I actually called Lenovo sales rep directly since they are offering 20% discount over the phone. Worked out config to be about $1700 (not including taxes or ultrabay):

    P9600, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, 5-1 media card, Intel wifi 5300, video camera, 8xDVDR DL.

    Will keep you guys updated as soon as I get it.
     
  8. wilse

    wilse Notebook Evangelist

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    the 2.5" drive i need is $90
    so $50 for the caddy
    would just throw away the drive that lenovo sends
    for a decent boot/app ssd, have to get intel x25 (why couldn't lenovo just use this brand?) - they have an 80GB for $320
    reviews say the samsung ssds stutter a bit and aren't good for boot/app drives - great for storage though!

    so there's $460 - plus shipping, you'd be right at $500

    all this on top of an already-almost $2000 laptop just to get it useable

    i just don't think i can stomach that
     
  9. twister

    twister Notebook Evangelist

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    why do you need to spend $320 for 80GB when you can get 128GB for $240 from Lenovo? As an alternative, you don't have to upgrade to SSD drive and just stay with a default 120GB 5400RPM (1.8"). Than all you have to do is spend $140 to add 2nd hdd (caddy plus hdd). In your case, this would be the most cost efficient solution.
     
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    WXGA+ LED on T400 is still offered, you just have to order through educational/state reps.
     
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