Im glad i came across this thread. I am in the process of getting a T60 or T60p.
I wasn't sure if the X1400 with 128mb would be able to run extensive CAD and Solidworks. So it was either the X1400 or FireGL V5200 with 256mb.
It should work for the time being at least. I'd HIGHLY recommend using an NVidia card for CAD work and for other programs that use OpenGL if you're getting a new laptop though. ATI has notoriously bad standard OpenGL support (I'm a developer... I know this intimately.) Great, fast gaming cards, but you can run into issues that are entirely driver related, and ATI is reluctant to fix them. Their OGL support with the FireGL series is better, but you won't be able to game nearly as well. NVidia splits the difference much better from my experience.
Good informtation. I not a gamer at all so maybe this will be an issue. Im just very reluctant to pay that much for for a T60p. Maybe I'll stick with a X1400 and get a nice desktop and use the notebook for minor changes and classroom work.
Sorry if I have hijacked this thread, I just didn't want to make a new thread on the same subject.
Well, if you've settled on the T60, try it out for a while before you commit to getting a desktop. ATI's newer drivers have supposedly fixed a lot of OpenGL bugs, and you can get an external monitor, keyboard and mouse much cheaper than a full desktop (that's actually what I'd recommend). It'll keep your wallet much happier, and should still work. Just get the desktop to go with the monitor/keyboard/mouse later if you find the laptop's just not cutting it.