- Speed and features No comments
- Design and form factor keyboard and mousebuttons are a big step backward
- Battery life No comments
- Display No comments
- Durability a bit less 'built as tank' compared to previous thinkpads
- Expandability No comments
- Noise No comments
- Portability (size / weight) No comments
Lenovo dropped the W7x line and I needed a replacement.
Compared to the W701 this machine is:
+ much more compact (both machine and power adapter)
+ better battery life
+ color calibration works great
+ better form factor, now you can actually find a bag whch can hold it ;)
+ finally capable of 32 gb memory in 4 memory banks
+ fantastic display for photo postprocessing
+ potent machine!
- keyboard layout (pgup/pgdown buttons moved away from home/en/escape)
- keyboard can be lit, but I preferred the thinklights
- keyboard touch (less than my previous thinkpads)
- IPS 15.5 display much better resolution but on a smaller screen
- mouse buttons on the touchpad suck
- no indicator lights for bluetooth, wifi, external power or even hdd
- second hdd only as mSata or in multidrive bay
- left palmrest getting hot
- Default W7 install, lenghtly procedure to get W8.1 on it
- it cannot hold CF cards directly, now I need a cardreader for that
- microphone input gone
- battery sticks out at the back
- build quality seems a bit less robust than previous models, time will tell.....
The biggest minus for me is the keyboard/touchpad, further more a very powerful machine in a compact form factor.
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