my ThinkPad Workstation
- Intel Pentium M 1.4
- 256 MB PC2100
- 40GB Hitachi HDD
- Intel 10/100 Ethernet controller (PXE boot enabled)
- CDC slot with Modem Daughter Card (MDC)
- MiniPCI slot with Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter
- Intel Pentium M 1.4 undervolted
- 2 GB DDR 400 RAM (Kingston KVR400X64SC3A/1G) running at 266MHz
- 160 GB Hitachi TravelStar 5K160 (HTS541616J9AT00)
- Intel Pro/Wireless 2915 ABG MiniPCI card
- Modem Daughter Card (MDC) removed
- PXE boot via Bios disabled
- latest BIOS/EC-Frimware (3.02/1.08)
why I have chosen/stick to this very model
I think this is may the last Thinkpad purchase I ever made, not because I don't like it, actually I love it, but I don't like these "newer ones" (ThinkPad X40 and higher).
For me this this very model was/is the (second) last perfect one, so I never got a newer one and the last known good, the X32, is not a update which is really enhancing. My X31 is very solid, ultraportable and fast enough for the "office" stuff I do with it.
This is partly may also featured by the newer ones, but I miss some things of my X31 very much on them:
- the port-layout is much better than the "newer one". I hate ports on the sides especially on the right one, and all newer ones have all ports there...
- the battery in the back makes the newer ones sort of unbalanced and causes these port-layout problems
- the LCD cover with this thick, wide, "salient" borders is absolutely robust and "unbreakable". Or at least feels like this ;)
- the overall case feels much better engineered, like I could walk over it without doing any damage, the newer ones just don't feel like this (no I am not going to try it)
- its one of the last fully IBM engineered ones
- even if at first seemed like Lenovo could keep up the "legendary" quality, or even increase it to the old "pre-outsourcing" level, it now seems like this was wishful thinking