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I have noticed there isn't much talk about the thinkpads. I've checked out the specs of the new T43 and it looks to be AMAZING (6hour standard batt life, 9 hour with extended battery option in ultrabay)

Just wanted to run this by you guys to see if there's something i'm missing???

Here are the specs i'm looking at getting

2.0 or 2.13 Ghz Sonoma (still deciding speed)
2.0 - 5.7 Hours Battery Life
2.13 - 5.2 Hours Battery Life
2GB Ram 533Mhz
2 USB, No Firewire
60GB 7200 RPM Drive
2 Type I/II PCI or 1 Type III PCI

Two other quick questions :
1) Is Type III PCI the same as PCI-Express?
2) How much of a performance jump will I notice between 2.0Ghz Sonoma and 2.13 Ghz Sonoma?

And of course - I'm not going to use this for graphic intensive (gaming), but strictly for music production.. so can anyone think of a good reason NOT to buy this?

Thanks!!!

-Ben
1) I think so.
2) Probably almost nothing.

With 2 GB of RAM, I think you'll be able to run just about anything.

Do you have a money tree growing in your back yard?
yeah i planted it 15 years ago, just now coming \to fruition.

the fortunate thing is that since i plan on using it ENTIRELY for business purposes (production and live performance of audio), it's all tax deductible
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 Originally Posted by bencampmovim 1) Is Type III PCI the same as PCI-Express? -Ben
No. There are three types of PCMCIA slots, I, II and III which are amongst the older format.

The upgraded T series shipping in April will include 1 Type I/II slot and 1 ExpressCard slot.
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 Originally Posted by sbc No. There are three types of PCMCIA slots, I, II and III which are amongst the older format. The upgraded T series shipping in April will include 1 Type I/II slot and 1 ExpressCard slot.
Does that mean, that I could put a (ie.) x800 PC-express version in it with no problem?
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 Originally Posted by Ledd Does that mean, that I could put a (ie.) x800 PC-express version in it with no problem?
No.

Additionally, I think the upgraded T series would include either the X600 or X700. The X800 would be too large for the form factor, to my understanding.
I think you meant Type III PCMCIA - *not* the same as [mini]PCI. I believe that the mini-PCI slots on the T43 are PCIE.
Thx, sorry if I confused anyone.
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 Originally Posted by sbc No. Additionally, I think the upgraded T series would include either the X600 or X700. The X800 would be too large for the form factor, to my understanding.
But then what's the point of PCIExpress if you can not upgrade to whatever you want. Also, shouldn't all pcie cards be of the same size, as they are all... pcie.
It would be cool if you could swap in vid cards...
then you could just keep the same computer for life...keep changin the RAM/HD/ etc.

assuming you take good care of it...and its durable...
Not really. There are quite a few important and non-upgradeable components that will need to be upgraded in order to support the newer upgradeable components, such as FSB, interface specifications and radifications, new bus architecture, etc.

Remember, a system is only as fast as it's lowest common factor.
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 Originally Posted by Ledd But then what's the point of PCIExpress if you can not upgrade to whatever you want. Also, shouldn't all pcie cards be of the same size, as they are all... pcie.
The point is that it is faster. Being interchangable is something that has been talked about, such as the Axiom and MxM standards - but it is not yet standard. Bear in mind that some of the higher end desktop cards are two slot cards as well.
Any news of a T43p in the works? and if so I've heard they won't have discreet video anymore, (giong with the mobile i915 chipset onboard graphics) anyone know if this is true or not?

I'd really like to get my hands on a sonoma based T43 with a quality GPU.
IBM's TABook
says April 05.

It'll have a 128 MB ATI Mobility Fire GL V3200. Dunno what that compares with. X600 maybe?
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 Originally Posted by dAEDaLus Any news of a T43p in the works? and if so I've heard they won't have discreet video anymore, (giong with the mobile i915 chipset onboard graphics) anyone know if this is true or not? I'd really like to get my hands on a sonoma based T43 with a quality GPU.

Yup I just bought one yippppeeeee.
Wow thanks a bunch,

It looks to be an awesome setup. Definitely goning to be my next purchace. . . Gotta get rid of the beast in my sig first.
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 Originally Posted by dAEDaLus Wow thanks a bunch, It looks to be an awesome setup. Definitely goning to be my next purchace. . . Gotta get rid of the beast in my sig first.
Hey do you realize that i have exactly the same area 51. I also went for the 16.1 screen over the 15.4. I also went for the 3 year warranty and the rest of the software crap(must have spent over $400 bucks just on software). Can someone please post what the real life weight of a 15" T42/T43 is? If possible with CDRW, intergrated wireless, bluetooth, and UXGA screen, but ok even if without these. Thanks... Quote:  Originally Posted by noesis Hey do you realize that i have exactly the same area 51. I also went for the 16.1 screen over the 15.4. I also went for the 3 year warranty and the rest of the software crap(must have spent over$400 bucks just on software).

Got the 3 year warrany too. But I didn't get the other software. This thing is awesome but I just don't have the time and or effort to lug this bitch to work everyday.

to a fellow AW owner.
Thanks..Likewise.

PS Get yourself an ibm these things are sweet(at least i hope they are )
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