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Thinkpad T60 Free SXGA+ Flexview Display Upgrade

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by jull, Jun 28, 2007.

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  1. jull

    jull Notebook Geek

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    Thinkpad T60 - Free SXGA+ Flexview Display Upgrade ($250 Value), Jun 27

    Lenovo is giving free SXGA+ Flexview Display Upgrade ($250 Value) with eCoupon code USPT60SXGA on T60 notebooks. (Thanks Nukelaloosh) [Comments]

    Customize Thinkpad T60 $1139 option >Choose "15.0 SXGA+ TFT Flexview Display with Wide Viewing Angle [add $250.00]" >Add to cart and apply coupon code USPT60SXGA to get $250 off.
     
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    chadwicktr Notebook Evangelist

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    wow.... thanks
     
  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    That's a heck of a deal for the best notebook screen I've ever seen. I configured it with the minimums except for the DVD burner. It was $1150 which I think is a few hundred cheaper than the previous low though I could be wrong. If I were in the market, which I am not, I'd be looking at this.
     
  4. SkiBunny

    SkiBunny Notebook Deity

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    It's a great promotion for a basic configuration. But any upgrades are not discounted. So an upgraded machine I configured online today cost more today than it cost last month. You cannot use the coupon on most discount sites like SPP

    The code will not apply to any T60p flexview.

    Yesterday at IBM, I carefully compared the new T61 15.4 side-by-side with a T60 flexview and a T60 4:3. The T61 15.4" was comparatively poor (brightest but uneven and harsh), the 4:3 was better (more sharp and even, but les bright), and the flexview was the best (sharp, smooth, even, accurate colors, best contrast, and of course best viewing angles).
     
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    chadwicktr Notebook Evangelist

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    Code works on IBM EPP. Also was about the same price as a similarly configured T61 14ws (DVDRW, 2Ghz, 100GB 72k, fingerprint, etc) for me which isn't bad since it is flexview.
     
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    What resolution were you comparing with?
     
  7. SkiBunny

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    Code no worky with T60p flexview, anywhere.

    You gotta decide whether you want "the right T61" or a flexview. I've compared them side-by-side and it's a no-brainer to me that the IPS wins. The only problem is, I prefer the 14" form factor (ideally in 4:3). Trade-offs, sigh.

    Good luck!
     
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    dietcokefiend DietGreenTeaFiend

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    Heh, almost considering picking up another T60 during this sale to have one as a spare :p

    EDIT: haha, discount price is 237, but the coupon still takes off 250 bucks. Awesome deal!
     
  9. SkiBunny

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    TN WSXGA+ 1680x1050 vs IPS SXGA+ 1400x1050 vs 14.1" SXGA+(also had a UXGA 1600x1200 but ignored that because they're sold out).
     
  10. SkiBunny

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    Must be nice to have that kind of money to throw around.

    Hmm I'm still finding that a loaded T60 flexview is more expensive than it was on Memorial Day (the 2 days when they further cut upgrades).

    Dunno why coupon doesn't work on the T60p. I hope the T60p costs less later.
     
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    Does Lenovo use PVA panels in any laptop model?
     
  12. chadwicktr

    chadwicktr Notebook Evangelist

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    Exactly. I decided that it wasn't best to get a 15" since they weigh 6.3lbs. I'll wait till the 17th or there abouts and buy a T61 14.1 SXGA+... But I'm sure that screen would have been very nice :rolleyes:
     
  13. murphyja

    murphyja Notebook Guru

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    thanks for the coupon code - I just ordered a T60 w/ an X1400 and 2.0 Core 2 Duo. this is a fantastic deal - should ship on July 12 so we'll see if this flexview is as good as everyone says. I saw one years ago and didn't think much but they hopefully have improved with time.
     
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    14" or 15" 4:3 Flexview and the T61.
    Will this option become available in the near future?
    Or the 4:3 Flexview is pretty much a thing of the past?
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    From everything we know so far no. The FlexView has only been available on the 15" models. Supposedly Lenovo cannot find a reliable supplier for the screens which is why they are going away. If you really want one, now seems like a good time. The Santa Rosa based T61 only offers a modest performance boost.
     
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    ZaZ, how is your current rig running?
    I hear the 60-series run quite hot, at least when compared to the new 61.
     
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    We've had some nvidia-video-equpped T61's returned that overheated and fried the CPU and/or GPU. It might be because a number of the fans are defective, and the assembly is terrible so the heatsink fails.

    There were also heat problems on the first T60's equpped with the ATI's, in the 14.1" form factor. That was fixed with the October refresh (core2duo).

    We at IBM have seen a LOT of problems with T61 assembly.
    A number of prematurely cracked cases too (reminds me of emachines a few years ago, yikes!)
    Not so bad with the X61 yet at least.
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    It's running fantastic, thanks for asking. Mine is one of the coolest and quietest machines I have ever used. I have the integrated Intel GPU which may explain the more cool operation, that and the extra thickness of the R60 as compared to the slim T60. I also almost always set the CPU to lowest in power manager. 1GHz on two cores is plenty enough for me. I plan on keeping it for a while since SXGA+ is an endangered species, especially on a 14" notebook.
     
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    Terrible assembly due to problems in any particular area?
    Like faults in the design itself, or sloppy assembly lines, or inferior parts tolerances or maybe just general teething problems caused by the newness of the design (will improve given some time)?
     
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    hmm i hope not design flaws, so yes hopefully teething problems with the new assembling setup
     

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