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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.
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 16:10 display panel====
Alviso (not Z series).  ({{R52}}, {{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{X41}}, {{X41t}})
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{T410}}, {{T410i}}, {{T410s}}, {{T410si}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
  
===A non-mussed physical key layout?===
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====Models with a 6-row non-chiclet keyboard====
{{X201s}}.
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*{{L420}}, {{L421}}, {{L520}}
  
===A [[TrackPoint]] without UltraNav?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard====
{{X200}} or optionally {{X201s}}.
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*{{W520}}, {{T420}}, {{T420i}}, {{T420s}}, {{T420si}}, {{T520}}, {{T520i}}, {{X220}}, {{X220i}}, {{X220 Tablet}}, {{X220i Tablet}}, {{ThinkPad 25}}
  
===A [[TrackPoint]] with buttons?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the vertically elongated Escape and Delete key====
{{T530}}.
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
  
===No [[Embedded Security Subsystem|TPM]]?===
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====Models with a 7-row non-chiclet keyboard without the [[Windows Keys]] and the vertically elongated Escape+Delete key====
{{A30}}, {{R30}}, {{T22}} or {{X21}}.
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*{{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{X41}}, {{X41 Tablet}}, {{R52}}, {{G50}}
  
===Stereo line level audio input (line-in)?===
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====Models with a [[TrackPoint]] but without the [[UltraNav]]====
{{X32}}.
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*{{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}
  
===An [[UltraPort]]?===
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====Models with a [[ThinkLight]]====
{{A31p}}, {{T23}}, {{X24}}
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*{{W530}}, {{T430}}, {{T430i}}, {{T430s}}, {{T430si}}, {{T530}}, {{T530i}}, {{X230}}, {{X230i}}
  
===An in-built [[Serial Port]]?===
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====Models with a headphone port and a microphone port====
{{T30}}
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*{{W701}}, {{W701ds}}, {{X201}}, {{X201i}}, {{X201s}}, {{X201si}}, {{X201 Tablet}}, {{X201i Tablet}}
  
==Ability to run open source firmware==
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====Models with a stereo-line in port====
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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*{{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}}, {{T60}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T60p}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T61}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T61p}}{{footnote|1}}
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====Models with a [[Parallel Port]]====
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*{{T43}}, {{T43p}}, {{T60}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T60p}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T61}}{{footnote|1}}, {{T61p}}{{footnote|1}}, {{R52}}, {{G50}}
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====Models with a [[PS/2 Port]]====
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*{{G50}}
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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 [[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}}
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====Models without the Intel 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====
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*{{Edge E445}}, {{Edge E545}}
  
 
==External Sources==
 
==External Sources==
 
* [http://mail.matrix.de/pipermail/linux-thinkpad/2014-August/052178.html Mailing list discussion]
 
* [http://mail.matrix.de/pipermail/linux-thinkpad/2014-August/052178.html Mailing list discussion]
  
[[Category:Trusted Computing]]
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#This model requires the [[Ultrabay Slim Serial/Parallel Port Adapter]].
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Latest revision as of 07:33, 16 April 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.

Models with a 4:3 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 but without the UltraNav

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 a VGA Port

Models with a dual-link DVI-D port

Models with a Firewire Port

Models with an eSATAp port

Models with a PCMCIA slot

Models with a CardBus slot

Models with an ExpressCard slot

Models with Power Bridge

Models without the Intel Management Engine

Models without the AMD Platform Security Processor

External Sources


FOOTNOTES [Δ]