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Ugly Thinkpad?

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by graycolor, Mar 2, 2011.

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  1. graycolor

    graycolor Notebook Evangelist

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    Is it just me or every non-Thinkpad is Ugly? Look at the dell xps and the stuff from Hp. Maybe I've been using my Thinkpad too often, but macbooks and Thinkpads are probably the only "good looking" notebooks.
     
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    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    I think Thinkpad and MBP are the polar opposite in terms of design philosophy. Personally i like both. I don't find any of the current HP laptops to be particularly attractive in terms of design. The only current Dell laptops i like are the M15x and M17x Alienware, which have something original in terms of design that other laptops don't.
     
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    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    I like the new XPS line over the previous Studio/Studio XPS (biggest garbage line Dell ever released IMO). But you can't really compared an XPS to a business line, but the 3rd generation E series is...ugly. It's horrible. I prefer the older D series to the newer E series. The E6410 is the last decent Latitude not counting the specialized models. Precisions didn't have a major change but it's not like they sell the amount of Precisions compared to the Latitudes. I haven't seen the new Vostro line, but generally they have been kept in check but usually offer funky colors..

    HP have been getting worse and worse. HPs got bashed for glossy this glossy that, so everything now has a matte plastic/metal finish but they took a turn for the far worse to service (at least their consumer models). The new Elitebook looks like a glorified Envy, and is everything a business notebook should not be.

    I have always respected ThinkPads for their supreme reliability, but I always thought they looked...not so pretty but it has grown on me to which I bought a ThinkPad. That classic look, you know you have a serious business machine. And Lenovo did not detract really from that look, but made it cheaper than the older IBM ThinkPads, and I praise them for that.
     
  4. lead_org

    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    Also i am not sure why HP is offering all the recent Elitebooks in such a shiny silver colour, it is so distracting to look at them sometimes.
     
  5. rossmodel

    rossmodel Notebook Enthusiast

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    thinkpad and “good looking" in the same sentence?
     
  6. Markio

    Markio Notebook Guru

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    I don't like a lot of bells and whistles, contrasting colorschemes etc. that distract me from using a notebook. That's why thinkpads and MPB's attract to me, they don't get in the way. They both focus on usability and reliability, but with almost opposing design solutions. the thinkpad is something like an 'anti-design' thing, which I like. It's a bit difficult to explain but the 'ugliness' of a thinkpad appeals to me in a way.
     
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    lineS of flight Notebook Virtuoso

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    Ugliness is sublime, especially where ThinkPads are concerned...:D
     
  8. Renee

    Renee Notebook Virtuoso

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    "And Lenovo did not detract really from that look, but made it cheaper than the older IBM ThinkPads, and I praise them for that."

    I do NOT applaud this at all.

    Renee
     
  9. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Notebook Evangelist

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    Two years ago I thought ThinkPads looked hideous but that's when I knew little about ThinkPads. Later the 7900GS inside my Dell died and long story short I fell in love with ThinkPads. To me they are the best-looking laptops out there, followed by Apple and Alienware (the newer M17x, M15x, and M11x).
     
  10. Tsunade_Hime

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    ThinkPads aren't ugly, but not visually appealing to the average person. It isn't a Sony. But tend to like a basic notebook design, and that's why I love my new ThinkPad.

    No need to get snappy at me...I was just talking about how they kept the same looks/design but at a lower price..
     
  11. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    To me ThinkPad designs are "retro", while there are some variations over time the key fundamentals are still there such as the black paint job, black keyboard, the red trackpoint etc.

    For long time ThinkPad users the design gives a sense of nostalgia, looking at my R61e right now it looks like a stretched version of my very first ThinkPad the R50e (which I’m fond of). I’m pretty sure there are “golden oldies” from the early 1990s that provide a much better example than mine!

    In a way that’s a good thing, you can’t do that with say a Dell Latitude as it lacks design consistency over time. Plus ThinkPad’s make great collectors items to look back on too - just like someone on this forum in which I shall keep him anonymous hoho! :D
     
  12. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Notebook Evangelist

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    Yeah, though the said person removed his signature, people who have been here long enough know who we're talking about here. :D
     
  13. Thaenatos

    Thaenatos Zero Cool

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    If mac didnt use chicklet I would consider getting a 11in MBA. As for thinkpads I LOVE the design of dell business and thinkpads. Sleek and sharp lines mixed with keyboards that cannot be beat (both dell business and thinkpads).

    As for the previous dell SXPS series they are pretty nice machines. The onyl thing that turns me off is the lid feels and looks cheap. Mixed with the partially blocked vent makes for a weird computer, but I still love mine. I just wish I could find a use for such a powerful computer other then the occasional DVD backup. That or it got better then 4.5 hours of battery life and had a trackpoint.
     
  14. JWBlue

    JWBlue Notebook Deity

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    Personally, I think Thinkpads are contemporary looking and sleek.

    They are visually appealing to me. Other notebooks are very artsy which is not my style.
     
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    Their understated elegance is visually appealing to me as well.
     
  16. blackthinkpad

    blackthinkpad Notebook Consultant

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    You can only find 2 brands of computers on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art: Apple and ThinkPad. :D

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  17. lead_org

    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    I must meet that mysterious person someday. ;)

    Whoa I do have good taste, at least for computing technology.:)
     
  18. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    lol the laptop on the right looks like a Latitude actually...

    But ThinkPads have that retro look that I like...
     
  19. OldJim

    OldJim Notebook Guru

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    Thinkpads have an understated beauty. I can still remember buying my first one, a used and worn 600. I guess that is one of the qualities I seek in the tools I buy, the ability to age well.

    And yes, I still use my Nikon F2. ;)
     
  20. Thaenatos

    Thaenatos Zero Cool

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    It will be a sad day if they ever change the thinkpad styling.
     
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