Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?
September 5, 2011 10:03 AM Subscribe
I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial?
posted by Scientist to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm realizing that all of my classes pretty much have all their homework and crap online these days, and since I don't have any sort of laptop that pretty much means I can only work either at home or at one of the university computer labs, neither of which are really optimally productive environments for me.
I don't really want to lug a serious laptop around with me everywhere and I already have a perfectly nice desktop PC that takes care of any serious computing needs I have. I'm not really loving the touchscreen revolution that's underway, so I'm thinking that a tablet is not really for me. What I really want to do is some light word processing, web browsing (including my online homework which tends to be pretty ponderous as websites go), and maybe some note-taking in class. I may at times want to watch movies or play music or do some light gaming to pass time, but I'm not overly concerned with these things. I think what I need is a netbook.
Specifically, I think that what I want is one of the basic-spec Thinkpad x120e netbooks. I've never much cared for trackpads, and while I don't find a trackpoint to be that much better overall I do find it to be better at least some of the time, so having a trackpad and a trackpoint together might make it so that I don't feel the need to carry a mouse everywhere. I don't want to go MacBook – none of my other stuff is Apple-based, and I'm quite comfortable in Windows. Also I appreciate the Thinkpads' reputation for durability and reliability, since I'm a bit accident-prone and my electronics tend to take a beating. I also like their no-nonsense, business-like aesthetic although this is of secondary concern to me.
Price, however, is a concern. These little beasties start at about $400 for the bottom-end model (which I think will do everything I want). I honestly haven't done a whole ton of research into the matter but from a pure features-checklist point of view, I'm thinking that that sounds like a bit much for what you get. Is that right, and if so do you think that the other aspects of Thinkpadness which I mentioned above make the difference worth it?
Finally, I am totally open to suggestions that I get something else. I'm pretty much set on getting something Windows-based, but other than that I'm certainly open to suggestions. I like big keyboards, clear screens, light weight, long battery life, durability, and enough power to accomplish basic computing tasks without feeling sluggish. Also, I'm kinda poor so if there's something that's really an exceptional value then I'd be all about that.
What think you, AskMeFites? Am I pretty much on track here, or is there something out there that I'm missing? Thanks to all.