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While new ThinkPads are generally most desirable for performance reasons, there is still some demand for features that can only be found in older models. The following are some considerations for those wishing to buy an old ThinkPad.
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==Last ThinkPad to have...==
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===Overview===
===A 4:3 screen?===
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This page gives an overview of some old, but useful features or traits that were only available in the older models. The models listed below are the latest models to contain a certain feature/trait that some might see as desirable or useful enough to warrant a trade-off in performance or security. Please note that these features are directly integrated into the chassis, they do not require additional accessories (etc. docks or special adapters) to obtain the feature(s) stated in this page.
The 61 series. Either {{T61}}, {{X61}} or {{R61}} (European market only).
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===A non-chiclet keyboard?===
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====Models with a 4:3 display panel====
{{X220}}.
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*{{T61}}, {{T61p}}, {{X61}}, {{X61s}}, {{X61 Tablet}}, {{R61}}, {{R61i}}
  
===A non-Windows key keyboard?===
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====Models with a 5:4 display panel====
Alviso (not Z series).  ({{R52}}, {{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{X41}}, {{X41t}})
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*{{770Z}}
  
===A non-mussed physical key layout?===
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====Models with a 5:3 display panel====
{{X201s}}.
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*{{Z60t}}
  
===A [[TrackPoint]] without UltraNav?===
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====Models with a 16:10 display panel====
{{X200}} or optionally {{X201s}}.
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{T410}}, {{T410i}}, {{T410s}}, {{T410si}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
  
===A [[TrackPoint]] with buttons?===
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====Models with a 6-row non-chiclet keyboard====
{{T530}}.
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*{{L420}}, {{L421}}, {{L520}}
  
===No [[Embedded Security Subsystem|TPM]]?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard====
{{A30}}, {{R30}}, {{T22}} or {{X21}}.
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*{{W520}}, {{T420}}, {{T420i}}, {{T420s}}, {{T420si}}, {{T520}}, {{T520i}}, {{X220}}, {{X220i}}, {{X220 Tablet}}, {{X220i Tablet}}, {{25}}
  
===Stereo line level audio input (line-in)?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the vertically elongated Escape and Delete key====
{{X32}}.
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
  
===An [[UltraPort]]?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the [[Windows Keys]] and the vertically elongated Escape+Delete key====
{{A31p}}, {{T23}}, {{X24}}
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*{{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{X41}}, {{X41 Tablet}}, {{R52}}, {{G50}}
  
===An in-built [[Serial Port]]?===
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====Models with a [[TrackPoint]], no trackpad====
{{T30}}
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*{{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}
  
==Ability to run open source firmware==
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====Models with a [[ThinkPad Button]]====
In recent years, [http://coreboot.org Coreboot] has been making great progress at replacing proprietary BIOS and UEFI. Support for a particular system has become a selling point among free software enthusiasts. The last ThinkPad capable of having all its proprietary code replaced is the {{T60p}} / {{X60}}. Some newer ThinkPads work with Coreboot but are still closed source due to [[Intel Active Management Technology (AMT)]].
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*{{W530}}, {{T430}}, {{T430i}}, {{T430s}}, {{T430si}}, {{T530}}, {{T530i}}, {{X230}}, {{X230i}}, {{X230 Tablet}}, {{X230i Tablet}}
  
==External Sources==
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====Models with a [[ThinkLight]]====
* [http://mail.matrix.de/pipermail/linux-thinkpad/2014-August/052178.html Mailing list discussion]
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*{{W530}}, {{T430}}, {{T430i}}, {{T430s}}, {{T430si}}, {{T430u}}, {{T530}}, {{T530i}}, {{X230}}, {{X230i}}
  
[[Category:Trusted Computing]]
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====Models with a headphone port and a microphone port====
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
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====Models with a stereo line-in port====
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*{{X32}}
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====Models with a working stereo mix function====
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*{{T60}}, {{T60p}}, {{R60}}, {{R60e}}, {{R60i}}, {{X60}}, {{X60s}}, {{X60 Tablet}}, {{G50}}, {{Z61t}}, {{Z61e}}, {{Z61m}}, {{Z61p}}
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====Models with an [[UltraPort]]====
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*{{A31p}}, {{T23}}, {{X24}}
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====Models with an [[Ultrabay]]====
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*{{P71}}, {{L570}}
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====Models with an [[IrDA]] transceiver====
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*{{T60}}, {{T60p}}, {{X60}}, {{X60s}}, {{X60 Tablet}}, {{R60}}, {{Z61t}}, {{Z61m}}, {{Z61p}}
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====Models with an RJ-11 modem port====
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*{{W520}}, {{T520}}, {{T520i}}, {{T420}}, {{T420i}}
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====Models with a [[Serial Port]]====
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*{{A31}}, {{A31p}}, {{T30}}
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====Models with a [[Parallel Port]]====
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*{{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{R52}}, {{G50}}
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====Models with a [[PS/2 Port]]====
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*{{G50}}
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====Models with an [[TV-Out Port|S-Video-out Port]]====
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*{{R61}}, {{R61i}}
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====Models with a [[VGA Port]]====
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*{{L470}}, {{L570}}, {{E570}}
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====Models with a [[DVI Port|dual-link DVI-D port]]====
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}
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====Models with a [[Firewire Port]]====
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*{{W530}}, {{T530}}, {{T530i}}
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====Models with an [[ESATA Port|eSATAp port]]====
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*{{W520}}, {{T420}}, {{T420i}}, {{T520}}, {{T520i}}, {{L420}}, {{L421}}, {{L520}}
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====Models with a non-Thunderbolt [[Docking Port]]====
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*{{P71}}, {{P51}}, {{P51s}}, {{T470}}, {{T470s}}, {{T470p}}, {{25}}, {{T570}}, {{X270}}, {{L470}}, {{L570}}
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====Models with a [[PCMCIA slot]]====
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*{{230Cs}}, {{385ED}}, {{560E}}, {{760LD}}, {{860}}
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====Models with a [[CardBus slot]]====
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*{{W500}}, {{W700}}, {{W700ds}}, {{T400}}, {{T500}}, {{R400}}, {{R500}}
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====Models with an [[ExpressCard slot]]====
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*{{P71}}, {{L570}}
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====Models with [[Power Bridge]]====
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*{{P52s}}, {{T480}}, {{T580}}, {{X270}}
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====Models without the Intel Manageability Engine/Management Engine====
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*{{T60}}, {{T60p}}, {{X60}}, {{X60s}}, {{X60 Tablet}}, {{R60}}, {{R60e}}, {{R60i}}, {{G50}}, {{Z61t}}, {{Z61e}}, {{Z61m}}, {{Z61p}}
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====Models without the AMD Platform Security Processor/Secure Processor====
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*{{Edge E445}}, {{Edge E545}}
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====Models without the [[Embedded Security Subsystem]]====
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*{{A22e}}, {{A22m}}, {{A22p}}, {{T22}}, {{X21}}, {{R30}}, {{G41}}, {{S31}}

Latest revision as of 19:44, 18 October 2020

Overview

This page gives an overview of some old, but useful features or traits that were only available in the older models. The models listed below are the latest models to contain a certain feature/trait that some might see as desirable or useful enough to warrant a trade-off in performance or security. Please note that these features are directly integrated into the chassis, they do not require additional accessories (etc. docks or special adapters) to obtain the feature(s) stated in this page.

Models with a 4:3 display panel

Models with a 5:4 display panel

Models with a 5:3 display panel

Models with a 16:10 display panel

Models with a 6-row non-chiclet keyboard

Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard

Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the vertically elongated Escape and Delete key

Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the Windows Keys and the vertically elongated Escape+Delete key

Models with a TrackPoint, no trackpad

Models with a ThinkPad Button

Models with a ThinkLight

Models with a headphone port and a microphone port

Models with a stereo line-in port

Models with a working stereo mix function

Models with an UltraPort

Models with an Ultrabay

Models with an IrDA transceiver

Models with an RJ-11 modem port

Models with a Serial Port

Models with a Parallel Port

Models with a PS/2 Port

Models with an S-Video-out Port

Models with a VGA Port

Models with a dual-link DVI-D port

Models with a Firewire Port

Models with an eSATAp port

Models with a non-Thunderbolt Docking Port

Models with a PCMCIA slot

Models with a CardBus slot

Models with an ExpressCard slot

Models with Power Bridge

Models without the Intel Manageability Engine/Management Engine

Models without the AMD Platform Security Processor/Secure Processor

Models without the Embedded Security Subsystem