September 11th 2013 8:40 am

77
7.0
final rating

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Speed and features No comments good
  • Design and form factor No comments awful!
  • Battery life No comments great!
  • Display No comments great!
  • Durability No comments poor
  • Expandability No comments so-so
  • Noise No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments great!
Detailed review
Upgraded from a T400, some thoughts:
  • Was hit by famous BIOS bug (Intel Rapid Start) - first time they swapped the mainboard on-site, the second time i had to send it to a service center, which took about two months(!)
  • Keyboard layout is okay for me, although you get it dirty with fingerprints very quickly
  • Battery life is about 4-5 hours of _normal use_ with Linux and medium load (i7-4900mq, 9 cell battery)
  • Touchpad is awful, only works after adding lots of options to xorg.conf
  • Screen is great, actually KDE copes with the 3k resolution way better than expected
  • The base chassis is very sturdy, but the display is extremely thin and flimsy. You can actually cause distortion when touching it lightly at the edges
  • Indicator lights are all gone, instead the keyboard has lights for fn-lock, microphone mute and mute. Couldn't they just add a capslock led?
  • I like the new keyboard backlight - way better than the old ThinkLight...