ThinkPads were among the most recognized laptops in the industry, both aesthetically pleasing and in a design that promised superior performance, build quality, and functionality. If you wanted to be sure you were getting a reliable windows machine which was built like a tank, you could simply choose a ThinkPad and rest easy.

In 2005, Chinese technology company Lenovo purchased the IBM personal computer business and the ThinkPad as a flagship brand along with it.

T60 in it’s classic Thinkpad form-factor with it’s 4:3 aspect ratio screen.

T60 was the first laptop designed and manufactured by Lenovo in-house under IBM’s Thinkpad brand. They worked hard in ensuring that they kept true to the standards set by earlier IBM models and in the end produced a product that was loved by Thinkpad enthusiasts and the general market alike. The T60 even today, nearly 12 years after it’s initial release, is quite a viable daily driver, especially if used as a general productivity machine. With 4 gigabytes of ram (Which was limited to 3 Gigabytes due to a chip set limitation), general tasks like browsing and online video-playback are a breeze, but the 12 year old Intel Core 2 Duo processor starts to show it’s age when confronted by the more CPU hungry tasks. This goes to show the functionality, and reliability of a thinkpad as most laptops go obsolete after a few years of their purchase.

Thinkpads have arguably some of the best keyboards ever put on laptops. If you’ve ever typed on one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The tactile feel and just perfect key travels are only complimented by the satisfying clicks that follow every key press, and the ergonomically placed palm rests certainly only makes the whole experience better.

ThinkPads are robust, corporately aesthetic, no-nonsense laptops. With premium materials like Magnesium alloys and Carbon Fiber used to make up their chassis, you really only should feel sorry for the floor if you ever happen to drop your Thinkpad.

They’re some of the most up-gradable laptops ever built, with their main focus being functionality and not looks. With everything from the battery to the ram and the processor being up-gradable, Thinkpads are a rare occurrence in today’s “soldered-to-the-motherboard” era of technology.

Thinkpads have certainly held up through the past decade and the fact that the latest flagship Thinkpads (The P series) offer Industry leading specifications, makes it pretty clear that Lenovo isn’t going to be discontinuing them anytime soon and that they’re here to stay.

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