Originally Posted by mikemex
I have both brands and when it comes to ergonomics, my Thinkpad wins hand down. I've seen a lot of pictures and it seems that the track stick hasn't changed since the last model, so I find it hard to belive that it's better.
In any case, one thing I love about my Thinkpad is the middle (scroll) button. It allows for very intuitive web browsing and overall use.
Did you really used a Thinkpad before?
I just received my D820 this past week and I've set my T43p aside until I get a chance to clean it off and ebay it.
I've been using Thinkpads for a very very long time and I have to tell you, the trackpoint AND buttons on the new Lattitude's are a HUGE improvement over the prior models. I had a D610 and a D810 at the office so I know what I'm talking about.
Granted, there is no scroll button on the Lattitudes which I sorely miss, but the trackpoint is unbelievably smooth (yes, better than the T43's and the T60's) and the buttons are precise and easy to press without interference from the casing or spacebar as in previous model.
Although I wish it had a scroll button, the keyboard is so good and the new trackpoint is so smooth and precise, I have to give the nod to the new Lattitudes over the Thinkpads. Others may disagree, but this is my opinion. I truly love the ergonomics of the D820.
A couple of other things to note...
1. No bloatware installed on the Lattitudes.
2. Smaller form factor and much lighter than previous models.
3. Screen is excellent although I think the T60's IPS is slightly better because of the viewing angles - side to side is the same, vertical the IPS gets the nod. Brightness goes to the D820.
4. Shutdown and startup - Thinkpads are dreadfully slow due to all the precesses that Lenovo loads, but the D820 will shutdown and startup much much quicker than the T43p and T60 that I have.
5. Speakers - Dell was smart enough to put them next to the keyboard where they are not obstructed and they have very good volume.
6. Build quality - The 14" Thinkpads and D820 are comparably, but I think the Dell has some thoughtful rubber mounts when closing the LCD and on the bottom that are really useful. The T60 15" has a much more flimsy casing than the 14" or the D820. The D820 is rock solid casing and firm as a rock in use. I'm really quite disappointed in the T60 when you pick it up from one of the corners - there is quite a bit of flex in the casing. Not so with the D820.
All in all, I think the D820 is an excellent laptop and right now, it's the one I'm using while the T43p is going to be ebayed and the T60 will become my backup.
Hey Mikemex - are you in Mexico? Perhaps if you are, you might know if the EVDO through Verizon works in Mexico. I got to Cancun a couple of times a year and my Verizon phone works great down there, so I was thinking of getting an EVDO card to access the internet.