From: Tom Rockwell (rockwell_at_pa.msu.edu)
Date: Thu Apr 22 1999 - 14:34:51 EDT
> From: John Callahan <goa4500400231_at_goamerica.net>
> I have a ThinkPad 560x, which is the best computer I've ever had.
I have a 560x that I bought when the price came down. To me it's just
about ideal. The 570 keeps the great features of the 560 - keyboard and
the single spindle form factor. The thinner design is really more
evolution that revolution. Don't they say that notebooks can never be
to thin or to expensive :-)
> I looked at the 570 announcement with great interest but couldn't see
> any big advantage for me. The 570 is about the same weight as the
> 560. The larger screen is not worth $3,000 to me. A faster processor,
> for me, is not important. I don't type that fast.
The price really hasn't changed much - 560's had even higher list prices
when they came out.
> I did see one big disadvantage, battery life. I looked at the PC
> Magazine Web site. They had tested a prototype of the 570 and got
> just over three hours of battery life. That's pretty good, but I get
> about four hours on my 560x and battery life is one of the most
> important attributes for a notebook computer.
I think that if you ran a 560x through the battery benchmark that it's
performance would be similiar. The benchmark is standardized and (I
believe) fairly rigorous - most users probably exceed the benchmark
times in normal usage - YMMV as they say.
> My next ThinkPad -- a supplement to, not a replacement for, the 560x
> -- will probably also be a ThinkPad 600, either a refurb or
> end-of-product-life model.
> For some applications, such as navigation programs for boating, an
> internal CD-ROM drive is very convenient.
Nah, get a bigger HD and put the CD on it. Although if a two spindle
machine could be built to the size of the 560...
The one thing I would like to see on the new models is built in
ethernet. I share the feeling of earlier posters; a built-in RJ45 jack
would be great for eliminating the worries about xjacks/dongles
durability. Especially without a CD, it's essential to have networking.
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