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From the below link, can you recommend you best pick for a college student, if
*budget was not an issue
*if budget is less than $1000
*lowest priced one that you think is a great bargain for a student

http://dealnews.com/Computers/PC-Computers/PC-Laptop-Deals-49.html?filter=m:406;

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my choice:
http://dealnews.com/Lenovo-G460-Core-i5-Dual-Core-2.66-GHz-14-Laptop-for-599-free-shipping/435470.html

1. i5 is the best choice for laptop CPU (i7 is more powerful, but it's means much higher temperature & much lower battery life)
2. 14" is the best choice for laptop screen (proper weight and convenient to take along)
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Tribus, what attracts you to X201 (more than the T series)?

on point #1, even if budget was not an issue, you would satisfactorily stop @ $649?

thanks for your nice reco.
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goldsix, you would pick from any of the lenovo series if it satisfied the 2 conditions (even if budget is not an issue)?

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The T Series are very nice as well.  I have worked with Lenovo/IBM a lot in the past. (I actually used to make Thinkpad keyboards at a local factory when I was 19...lol)  There is not anything at all wrong with the T Series.

I agree that the i5 is a better choice for laptops unless you plan on playing 3D intensive games or 3D modeling or CAD/CAM.

The size of the screen being 14" I disagree with, I just like a bigger screen with more real estate...personal preference only.

Here are the picks between the two series:

T Series: T410s - http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087¤t-category-id=996BA0BF589A40D489F5FC222AA15BDE&action=init

X Series: X201 - http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087¤t-category-id=4F2AFFFF52964FE2BCF0CC608A649A77&action=init 
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Oh and I forgot to answer your question to me on point 1.

I only used the website that you linked me too for that pick, the other higher priced picks on your link were the small 12" screen tablets.  I just don't care for those unless you need them for a specific use.  I actually bought a client of mine about 6 tablets for their medical practice and the doctor uses them in the exam rooms to edit patient files while he talks to them instead of using a full laptop that requires him to open it up, etc.
 
My dream system is the real choice for no budget, or any of the Falcon Northwest Laptops really...

I do like ThinkPads though.  They are pretty tough compared to Dell and HP and the other big names.
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>I actually used to make Thinkpad keyboards at a local factory when I was 19...lol

thanks for the made in usa sticker :)

between the x and t reco you had, what factors would you suggest as strengths for each of them against the other.. you will still pick x at the end of the day? any specific strengths of it as against the t series one?
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thanks for the made in usa sticker :)

Interesting story about how we made those, but they were good.  We made the circuit connections with a screen printer that used a special silver based conductive ink.  It really was neat.

Anyway, back to the comparison...I have now changed my mind after reading all the data on the current ThinkPads.  I think I do Like the T series over the X series now.

What I like about the T series:

1. Intel® Core™ i5-560M Processor (2.66GHz, 3MB L3, 1066MHz FSB)
2. Windows 7 Professional
3. 6-Cell battery
4. 14.1" Screen

I would go with an OS change though and make sure to have 64-bit and upgrade memory to 4 Gb.

What I like about the X Series:

After looking at both I have decided that for the money the T series is just plain better.  There are replaceable Graphics Card options, SSD options, and just overall better hardware in them.  The X Series has Windows Home Premium, smaller form factor 12.1" screen, and only has the 4-cell battery.

I don't know what else to say here.  Just make sure you are getting what YOU need out of your hardware.  As long as you know what you need that is...:)

-Tribus
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thank u Tribus for the nice info-
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