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Other business laptops are also welcome in /tpg/ (e.g. Dell Latitude/Precision, HP EliteBook/ZBook).
If you're looking for purchase advice, READ THE BUYERS GUIDE FIRST. Then post, stating budget and requirements (e.g. size and performance).
Don't buy anything OTHER THAN T, X AND W/P SERIES if you want the Real ThinkPad Experience™
T420 - 14", normal size
X220 - 12.5", lightweight
Why ThinkPad? (also applies to other business laptops)
>They’re really cheap when you buy a used one.
>Keyboards feel excellent while typing (yes, even the newer ones).
>Great durability thanks to the inclusion of rollcages and use of glass fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis. The keyboard is splash proof and spilled liquids will drain out.
>Utilitarian design - e.g. indicator LEDs, 7 row keyboard layout on older models.
>Docking solutions that easily turns your laptop into a desktop.
>Easy to repair, upgrade and maintain thanks to readily available service manuals for almost every model. Spare parts are easy and cheap to obtain.
>The best trackpoint (that red thing on the middle of the keyboard). Great for those who type a lot or hate swiping their fingers all over a touchpad.
>Excellent GNU/Linux & *BSD support.
Used ThinkPad Buyers Guide:
EPP discount for new ThinkPads (USA & Canada only, usually 15%+ off):
ThinkWiki - Info on ThinkPads and running GNU/Linux on them:
ThinkPad service guides w/ tutorial videos:
how bad is the p50's FHD screen? I use a lot of photoshop and I don't want to spend >$1000 bucks on a machine that might have a shit monitor, I'm trying to upgrade.
For reference I'm using a 1366 x 768 HD on a Satellite a500
x230 is the only usable ThinkPad. Prove me wrong
>Ivy Bridge powered, so it doesn't overheat
>2133MHz memory support
>HD4000 instead of the shitty HD3000 GPU
>perfect dimensions, it's much more portable and mobile than 14,1" laptops
>9cell+9cell options, 25hours of battery life
>works without any bugs and problems with any eGPU
The trackpad on T420's is built into the palm rest, have to get the whole palm rest assembly.
Also there is a bumpy sticker on the trackpad, you can remove it if you want smooth trackpad instead.
>how bad is the p50's FHD screen?
You mean the one with the built in colorimeter? It can't be that bad...
I've had the Lenovo x220-t for a year or so now and I love it. Thought for sure /g/ was memeing about thinkpads but for non-gaming applications/General use they're quite nice (the older ones at least, New ones are shit)
I have an X220 with a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD in it. I was browsing in Windows 7 when suddenly the computer froze and subsequently bsod'd. Upon reboot, I was greeted by error 2100. My ssd wasn't being recognized in the Bios either. However, after a few minutes I rebooted and everything worked again. Could this be evidence that the drive is failing, or is it something else?
Shit sorry guys, I meant Thinkpad, not Trackpad.
And by Thinkpad I meant keyboard...
If I'll buy the T420 on Ebay, I then need to replace the keyboard with a Nordic one.
Starting to think it might be much more worth it to buy the T420 locally for $295.26.
just done 1600x900 upgrade my T420 with a innolux panel and the difference is pretty great just would have loved for there to be an IPS panel which fitted as the viewing angles are still shite.
if you're using chrome then maybe, but it couldn't hurt to upgrade to 4gb of ram, as i had dell XT2 with a 1.4ghz SU9400 and 5gb of ram and that didn't have much lag, although now core 2 duos are getting a little long in the tooth.
not really ancient as it's a 2012 model T420, but all in with a quad core upgrade, SSD, RAM, HDD ultrabay, screen upgrade, barely in more than £150 for the entire laptop, so i can't really complain about the screen being TN, when it's still miles better than any other laptop under £200.
even if it still performs better than mid range skylake laptops, the only things which hold it back is that it's missing eDP and M.2, but those aren't too big a thing to lose out on and i can upgrade to AC wireless when i upgrade my router, other than power efficiency it's still perfectly good.
My new W530 has a weird problem. It does not stop to create new ethernet-connections. I use it mostly in its docking station. When I switch locations and it activates wifi, I can't get a connection for some time (30s-60s) and have connection problems. Whats going on here? Got the most actual network driver.
When I put it back in its docking station it has some weird "ERR_CONNECTION_CHANGED" errors for some minutes.
I used a T61p in a dock before and there were no problems, beside some BSOD under W8.1 which was the result of incompatible drivers.
it's not my main computer i just use when out and about and the new panel is more accurate than the old one despite only being 6 bit, and most of my picture use is tumblr and instagram, so it's enough.
I love mine but its 1280x800 resolution is nearly inoperable nowadays
>complaining about 1280x800 being too small
>in a ThinkPad thread
THERE ARE MANLETS THAT ACTUALLY USE LAPTOPS WIWTH A 1366x768 DISPLAY IN TWENTY FUCKING SIXTEEN
>B-BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK THAT BAD ON A-A 12 I-INCH SCREEN
Dat back peddling buyer's remorse. 768p is deprecated for literally everything
>Y-YOU'RE JUST MAD YOU CANT FULL SCREEN YOUR GAYMES
No I'm not, I'm mad that there a faggots on /g/ that will let themselves get cucked this hard.
Bought the yoga 14, ultrabook. That ThinkPad Experience is lacking but has other features that stick out like ded graphics for a game or two while on the road.
A good computer, but I really wish it had DVI or VGA. That maybe kills the 'ultrabook' experience though.
low voltage shit.
>fast ram is meme
fast ram means much faster iGPU performance
>no one games in thinkpad anyway
speak for yourself, neckbeard.
>many a thinkpad has msata (t420)
limited to SATA II speeds, lmao
1366x768 is perfect on 12,5" screens for 95% of users
>9 cell is bulky small laptop resembling cube
Not a problem for me or nobody I know
T420 or X220, or the newer equivalents, also it's wise to avoid models with i or S on the end, as they are either lower powered or slimer models which are harder to find spares and batteries for
if you're in an EU country try looking to get one from the UK or germany, as they are fairly cheap and shipping between EU counties doesn't invoke import taxes.
you have to find a specific adaptor board which is expensive and hard to find, and not really worth it, which is why most T420 owners stick with 1600x900 as for that you just swap a cable and the panel which is a 10 minute job.
>or the newer equivalents
>also it's wise to avoid models with i or S on the end, as they are either lower powered or slimer models which are harder to find spares and batteries for
Thanks for that info.
Hmm, after looking at availability and price, it seems like the T420 is my best choice.
t420 is great starter one. Cheap and there's a shit ton around. Just make sure you find a model with a 1600x900 screen. The screen quality isn't exactly the greatest and the 768 screen makes it worse.
I laser marked my T400.
T61 has better hardware, but it's something of a moot point considering you can put the motherboard from a T61 into the chassis of a T60 and enjoy the best of both worlds.
I'm not that much into modding computers, putting things otu and putting things in.
Just looking for something simple I can shitpost, watch YouTube videos and watch anime/movies from (and maybe make some music as well).
I want a Thinkpad to just have one. Was gonna find a t420 but right now I'm looking at a T61P with a core2 duo t7300, quadro 570m graphics for $95. Should I buy?
Check the label on the bottom with the type and serial number listed on it. If the manufacture date to the right of the serial number is before 08/08, you might be buying a timebomb. The problem was starting to be weeded out as early as 08/02, but only models from 08/08 and on are guaranteed to be safe.
i upgraded mine this afternoon you just have to take off the keyboard and keyboard bezel and the screen bezel, then you swap the cable and install the new screen, it takes less than 10 minutes.
I can appreciate good hardware, but I'm not good at tinkering with them.
>not a good Thinkpad
For the price of a T60 and a T61 together, the performance upgrade isn't worth it.
>What OS should I go with besides gentoo?
>Also why do I have a thinkpad when I have a phone and a desktop?
Because when you're not at your desktop, browsing the internet with a Thinkpad is far more comfy than doing it on a smartphone.
>gluing your face to that tiny screen while using on screen keyboards
Pants-shitting complete. Successfully upgraded the BIOS of my x230 this way:
>yfw upgrading BIOS
that's why you have a USB optical drive, also you better have flashed a BIOS which removes the whitelist
yes this cable 04W1618
and any screen out of this lot, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1z51hgWaNE3XKIVtdQCLGWKD8dTvlSCGgbqJiwpVaF_M/edit#gid=0
i've got the innolux and it's pretty good.
>1366 x 768
Thinkfags don't actually use this resolution, do they?
Got one for my mom, it's a good machine. Beautiful screen, even on the 900p model. Impressive cooling too. It is basically a poor man's T520 but it's a fine computer in its own right nonetheless.
i've used that res on a 15.6 inch laptop, a 20 inch monitor, and on my T420 and it's just too crowded, for any productivity and web browsing, but for watching videos it's ok but not great, and just upgrading from that to 1600x900 ise a huge and fantastic jump.
Anyone who does and is okay with it hasn't ever seen anything better. I used to be like them, I know the mindset. Before I knew about Thinkpads I had some shitty 15.6" ASUS with a 1366x768 screen and I didn't think anything was wrong with it. Now that I have a 1600x900 T420 and 1600x1200 T60, it's tough for me to even go back to my X220. I put up with it because it gets way better battery life than the other two, but man does it feel squished if I go straight to it from the T60.
it's actually not great, I ran the same setup for a year and the battery life was ~5 hrs under normal usage
I much prefer my t440s with the 72whr external battery and 23 Whr internal battery
Lower resolution than T420, slimline only, awful island style keyboard (but it's backlit so I guess that's nice. I prefer the thinklight more)
I feel like my x230 gets scratches and blemishes on the top way too easily. Is there a way to clean them up or remove them? I literally left my headphones on top of it 1 night and now theres this weird mark that's lasted for weeks.
Okay, so I was going to get a thinkpad x200 for finishing photosets without coming back home, but it seems they A: have poor screens for that, B: Cost an arm and a leg more here than in other places. I found a really good deal on a Dell Latitude E6320, with good equipment. Is the screen in that good? It's got the higher resolution WXGA screen. Also the one on sale has a small lightbleed happening in the lower left hand corner. Cause for concern? Also is that dell model useless plastic garbage compared to a thinkpad? How's the keyboard, if anyone has one.
Dell is good but it will still have a poor screen.
Most laptops have a poor screen. Even if it's IPS.
I can only think of a macbook pro that has a proper screen but that costs a fortune, and >Apple.
Not really, the screen on the x240 is okay. The x200's screen was ugly as fuck though, and the x220's screen looks okay but has very bad burn in issues (as in 10 minutes with firefox open on the new tab screen is enough to leave an inprint of it for 5 minutes)
the integrated graphics can support two monitors, either internal +1 or just 2 external. The Nvidia graphics can support 3 monitors (possibly more with DisplayPort daisy chaining? haven't heard much about it though)
If you have a use for the better GPU or 32GB of RAM, I suppose. Although you can always use an external GPU with the T520 if you need it, and 16GB of RAM should be enough for just about any use case right now.
Yo. My x200 has been having issues with loading webpages lately. Even after I switched over from Windows to Linux it still happens constantly.
Either reaaaally slow or just won't load at all.
What's also weird is that the wifi works fine for everyone else who's connected but a lot of the time I'll even be the only one using the connection.
Is this a hardware thing? Do I need to get something replaced?
what are your cpu speeds and temps looking like?
if it's stressing over programs running in the background or just trying to load the web page, it could be getting too hot and thermal throttling, making loading things slow
I did "lscpu" in bash a few times and it's around 800-1600mhz.
Not sure about temps (is there a bash command for that?) but I haven't noticed any difference in heat output. It can definitely get pretty warm while playing videos though.
I'll try that when I get a chance (on mobile). If it does continue then does that mean my wifi card might need replacing? Is this something that tends to happen after years of use?
Hopeless manchild here. In love with the wife's X61 and its glorious keyboard, but research has not revealed any stronger gaming chops on a ThinkPad than the Yoga 14's GT 940M. Am I missing something, or is that it? inb4 940M is fine for most things, I want to make games as well as play them, plus RPCS3 can almost slay commercial games at 60FPS on a desktop 950, roughly equal to a 970m.
Was looking to get the t450 with the i5 and big battery. What I hate about it is that it is only 14 inches, which is frankly way too small for a 1080p screen.
Is there an equivilant to the t450 with a 15 to 17 inch screen and with an equivilant battery life, this is strictly for programming I'm not going to be gaming or rendering videos so I don't need a graphics card.
Price isn't really an issue.
I own a 14 inch 1080p laptop right now and the screen is too small, I find myself always increasing text size to 16/18 in most IDEs.
I'll look into to the T550. The T 450 is basically the perfect laptop for, me the only issue is that the screen is a tad too small, t550 looks like a bigger t450 so I think I'll go with it.
How much battery life do the T450 and t550 laptops actually get. Lenovo lists it as up ward of 17 hours if you get the large 6-cell battery pack, but how much battery life do you realistically get doing relatively demanding work such as compiling C or C++ code in an ide like Visual Studio/qtcreator plus having a few tabs open in Chrome as well as some other miscellaneous programs.
Ideally I would like to go an entire school day (8 hours) without needing to plug in my laptop to charge, or swap batteries.
The model I'm looking at right now is the 1080p IPS with the i5 and 8 gigs of ram.
They also have onboard 3-cell battery, so it's more like 6+3. Look up some battery benchmarks, ThinkPads typically do very well on them. I would say you should be able to get 10 hours out of it comfortably under real usage.
I use a 27" 1920x1200 monitor at work and a 12.5" 1366x768 X220 at work and at home.
It mostly depends on what you do. If you need to see a bunch of things or one large thing simultaneously like a large schematic diagram and long piece of source code, then having a higher-res panel really helps.
But if all you want to do is have multiple programs open at the same time, then a lower-res screen with virtual desktops works.
What laptop would you cheat on your gookpad with /g/? Admit your sins
I recently saw this Japanese market Panasonic portable that made me cream. It's the latest RZ line but it's 2000USD, pretty rare used and no western version. Would be really tempted otherwise.
>10.5hr advertised battery
>1.64 lb tablet convertible
>1920x1200 IPS 16:10
>great port selection, ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB3.0 x3
my experience with enterprise and consumer HP has been shit for so long that I'm unfairly biased against elitebooks despite never using one for longer than a few minutes
Every review I've read says the Yoga 14 is almost as good as the ThinkPads of yore. I can hit 82 words per minute on my current HP DV8305US with its shitty almost-not-chiclet keys, so I figure the Yoga would be good enough on the keyboard front. If I have to, I'll give up the ThinkPad keyboard for a good graphics chip, but I'd be loath to do so.
Fellow memepad users, when I purchased my thinkpad, it came with a broken anti-theft lock (see pic related). This isn't a huge issue but I was thinking I could just get some repair putty and fill it, then paint it over with matching black paint. Would this work well or should I just leave it be?
Got my X60 last week. It's fucking solid. Slapped Libreboot and Debian on it, called it a day. Gives me four-five hours of battery life with heavy-ish (Pale Moon, Deluge, two or three Terminator tabs, DeaDBeeF open at once) usage. Lag is almost nonexistent, 1080p playback in MPV and VLC is golden. This is a solid mobile workstation, I have to say.
Why is this meme a thing? why is it so common for programmers to not give a fuck about hardware? Sure, it's job security for me, but why is it a thing? What even got you interested in PCs if you didn't give a fuck how they worked?
I'm no hardware expert, and I'm no wizard, that being said, HorribleSubs 1080p anything plays back perfectly, same with any other 1080p video I throw at mpv or VLC plays great.
How does /g/ rate this model?
It is pure garbage. I work in a school district and we deploy these for students. This model is even worse than the ones we have, because it's the re-release without the trackpoint and one-button touchpad. It's slow as fuck and just overall a huge pain in the ass to use. Don't bother with it.
I repaired mine with epoxy putty and then put Sika Poolcoat matte black on it. You can't even tell mine was broken.
Then again im in a luxury position with the coating since the company i work for sells it (one bucket would normally cost 100 euros).
>get into thinkpad 2-3 years ago
>now have a real desktop and proper desk setup
>tfw yearning to go back to poorfag minimalistic thinkpad+dock setup even though have money for new laptops now
Kind of wish something dramatic would happen so I have to get rid of all my junk. Also selling a used desktop sounds difficult...
And finally, when did ThinkPads start going anal about the battery specifications? Was is it sandy bridge or ivy bridge gen? Mostly interested in the possibility of swapping the cells in either a T430 or T420.
Because I already know sandy bridge is plenty powerful enough for me and should be for a few more years easily. But I would appreciate USB 3.0 from ivy bridge ThinkPads. Also want an mSATA port and an Ultrabay. And I'm curious if the T420 FHD mod also works on the T430. Finally I also want to stick a quad-core into in, all for fun. I just like modding things.
You have probably learned by now that the X220t can't take the normal mini-docks and you have to get an Ultrabase dock for it. BUT this is not entirely true, you just have to remove the corner piece from the mini-docks and it will fit the X220t just fine. That's what I did for mine.
I bought a x220 and if I leave it for about 20 minutes the display shuts off and I can't turn it back on without restarting the laptop?
Is this a common problem and is there a simple solution for it?
>display shuts off and I can't turn it back on without restarting the laptop?
sounds like it's going to sleep, not just shutting the display off
What OS? Have you looked into your power settings a tall?
Did you install Lenovo's Power Manager?
Do that, go to Advanced mode on top right, then go to the Battery tab, then Battery Maintenance button, then do a battery gauge reset.
After that, in the Battery tab, it will tell you the batteries full charge capacity and the batteries design capacity.
If the full charge capacity is like half the design capacity, then yeah the battery is in bad condition.
A good condition 6-cell should net you about 6 hours of battery life from an X220.
Also you might be able to get a new free battery if you're lucky.
>low voltage shit.
have you used the haswell lv stuff?
it's on par with like sandy bridge cpus and better than hd4000, but uses half the power that the full voltage stuff uses
just like all the other logos
only if you lightly browse the web or code.
maybe in linux you can do both. if it's low loads
and why are you limited to 2 gigs of ram? why can't you just throw in 4 to get a usable computer or 8 to get a good one.
there is no way a 1440x900 screen for a t410 costs $100
I got a 1680x1050 screen for my 2012 macbook pro for $50
>he thinks 1366x768 is unsuable
1366x768 is pretty much the same as 1280x800.
and the shitbook pro 13 runs effectively at 1280x800
because its a perfectly fine resolution for a smaller device
I'm so torn between the X201, T420, T520 and W520 (more the T520 than the W520 because of the price).
While having a comfy shitposting Thinkpad would be nice (X201, T420), I'd also like to make music on it hen I'm not a my desktop PC (T520, W520).
Probably has to do with peoples expectations. For most a low voltage cpu is good enough, for demanding situation not so much compared to a non low voltage cpu of the same generation.
One is not better or worse, just different. You either go for more portability or better performance.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Maximum temperature when operating under the unpressurized condition: 31.3°C (88°F)
Just got an e460 from the Lenovo education store. Heard the e series isn't the greatest but I'll only really be using it for light programming when I'm at college, and I needed something small (14") and rather light. Is the E series really that bad? Or is it just a circlejerk? Personally I'm just glad they got rid of the horrible touch buttons on the trackpoint
I'll never forgive Lenovo for abandoning the god tier desktop design.
Admittedly I find it disappointing too. Only used an older thinkpad once so it's not to big a deal for me to adapt but I like the look of the old ones better. Seems Lenovo are trying to adopt the apple model of design
>have you thought about maybe a vnc setup to your daw?
Yes, but I'd have to leave my desktop PC running.
160gb sata hd
They are still good, but not as great as they used to be. Other laptops are just still worse if you want a good keyboard, the only good clit mouse, and decent build quality and repairability.
And a new thinkpad can be bought with an IPS panel and has the best battery life you're gonna get because the battery is obviously new, and more importantly, a 15w intel U cpu is going to use a lot less power than a fucking core2duo.
i have an x220 and it seems that every second distro/version i install will have different drivers for my wifi
the shit will work but sometimes i'll need to switch it off/on like 30 times
look into replacing them shits
what distro you using anyway?
HOLY FUCK LELNOVO DUN FUCKED THEMSELVES ALRIGHT
seriously, have you guys seen the T460s
it has a stupid fake wedge shape
it ain't got no swappable battery
could've seen that coming for a long time, but still, damn.
I hope the thinkpad classic is a success.
I take this back, because I didn't know how shit the latest chinkpad was. Just get a rmbp or some shit.
>ultra slim and light model
>wonder why everything is gimped
>large internal battery (still user replaceable)
>small removable battery
i'd take the large internal battery every day
see this: https://youtu.be/doEZMNXz1JY?t=1611
Just noticed: it even has that fucking new Lenovo logo on it, but not shiny at least.
I don't see the T460 non-S on there, and I won't recommend that anyone get a t450 with a fucking TN panel.
By unscrewing it, but you obviously lose the ability to swap batteries or get a bulky battery that you still had on the t450/t450s. I think it's a serious downgrade if you're stuck with a single 10 hour battery without the ability to buy a bunch of extra batteries or a bigger one.
>trying to adopt apple design
Nah, you can't replace or fix anything on a Macbook without effectively destroying it. Everything is hotsnotted and soldered together so replacing one thing is virtually impossible.
Not judging but there is still a huge difference.
Well it looks like pressure sensitivity works fine. I've used usb wacoms on linux before and they are basically plug and play.
But maybe this requires some weird drivers, I haven't actually used a chinkpad with touchscreen so I'm just guessing.
Not having swappable battery on a Thinkpad is awful.
I was staying in a cabin in the snowy wilderness a couple of years ago and I was without electricity for a week and a half (had running water, gas stove and fireplace).
Managed to get by on 4 batteries when I wasn't outside skiing or snowboarding.
No way that's possible on a 10 hour battery.
I'm not very much concerned about that, as I don't doubt wacom in itself works fine, I was more thinking about rotation, using it without a keyboard, etc.
I'll be using Debian Stable with GNOME.
I don't mind setting things up as long as they eventually work well.
I'd say get the non s version but that doesn't change the fact that not having a replaceable battery on a ThinkPad T series is pants on head retarded. Its literally one of the defining features of the T X series.
Well I've read some reviews and they did mention a regular and a p version coming up. Not that that is a guarantee of course.
Would be pretty fucking retarded if they decided to not make a regular version. Then again they did have the courage to come up with the t440.
>tfw upgrading my thinkpad instead of saving the money
Guys, I need help
>There are literal cückolds, that are currently posting on /g/, that will attempt to defend the 1366x768 resolution on their cuckpad
>implying spending money on something that makes your work more pleasant and easier to do isn't an investment.
In the literal sense it is probably not going to keep it's value very well over the years.
can't go wrong for 20 bucks m8
I wonder if they will actually make it that much different from the s version. I think on the 450/450s the only difference was the thinner carbon reinforced lid and the soldered ram, right? And the option of the IPS screen was exclusive to the s.
I hope they make a non retarded version. It wouldn't really matter for me personally though (since I know how to replace an internal battery and don't need an extra battery). But still it would be a big fuck you to everyone who wants a replaceable battery.
I never seem to understand why Lenovo does this shit to the x and t series. I mean they have laptops like the edge series and carbon to experiment on and they know that most people who buy a T and X series don't want "sleek" designs. Its okay that they try to make ThinkPad's look nicer but it us retarded that they skip essential features for it.
It doesn't matter for me personally either, because I expect my T450s to last (last=stay in use, not survive hopefully) for at least 3 or 4 years. I just hope there's still something good to upgrade to in a few years.
Even the T450s is kind of a compromise with the lack of LEDs and 7th row, and the new hinge that doesn't allow flat battery extensions (it may be a bit sturdier though).
>I expect my T450s to last (last=stay in use, not survive hopefully) for at least 3 or 4 years
the T450s (U processor) has almost identical performance with the T420s (M processor); going by this improvement rate, I'd say there are better odds for your T450s dying before getting obsolete
Yeah, there is definitely some progress, but I could honestly shitpost just as good on my 10(?) year old T60 as I can on my t450s, the t60 just doesn't have good battery life and has a shit screen. I will probably 'upgrade' when I get a job after studying, if they hand out laptops. I actually don't use laptops at home, so this thing might stay with me forever.
If you're buying the whole rest of the laptop used, why NOT used RAM?
I've had positive experiences buying used. Just run it through memtest86 as soon as you get it. On the off chance it's fucked, send it back. You have proof.
Can a 17" laptop fit in a backpack?
I'm buying a laptop for business but I don't know what size to get. I'll be doing work in IDEs.
Also it might replace my netbook for traveling. or maybe I should just keep the shitty netbook for travel and just get the best screen size i need for work.
I'm buying a new laptop for college. I'm a casual gamer, so I want something that can run most games on decent settings for the next couple of years (I'll be a junior in the fall). I plan on dual booting windows 10 and arch linux. I have a t430s with the same setup right now and I love it, but I want to be able to vidya too. Should I even bother with a thinkpad?
No. I don't even have beef with the idea of gaming laptops, but Thinkpads aren't gaming laptops. Buy some Lenovo Y50 or a Asus GXwhatever or some MSI thing if you want a gaming laptop.
Just the keyboard, really. And that's highly debated here with strong feelings on both sides. It's swappable, but with some drawbacks.
Be sure to opt for the higher resolution screen.