matty wrote:ok, I've decided to go with the Lenovo (if anyone else is interested, their friends and family website has some great deals: lenovo.com/cpp...passcode is familyandfriends and I don't think you have to prove anything).
Anyway, since there seem to be a few T400 owners on here, I have a few questions about customizing:
1) I'm definitely going to upgrade to at least 2GB RAM. Should I spring for the 3 or 4? Something tells me that for general LS purposes, I'm not going to see any performance improvement over the 2GB, plus I can always upgrade later.
2)Is LED upgrade worth it (doesn't cost anything, but delays shipment considerably)
3)Which warranty is the ideal compromise between cost and coverage. Should I just stick with the included one year, or is it worth it to up it to two or three.
4)Which battery option is best? I want extended battery power, but will the 6 or 9 cell li-ion make it too heavy?
5) does anyone know how to get a copy of windows 7 RC?
help with any of these from an experienced buyer would be much appreciated
I would definitely upgrade to 2GB, but there is no need to go beyond that. You can always upgrade later if you decide to start doing something that requires it, like playing a demanding game and editing videos simultaneously.
At no extra cost, the LED seems like a no-brainer. I got the LED, and even paid a little extra for it. There are a number of reasons that the industry is moving toward exclusive use of LED backlighting, including less power consumption, brighter and more even backlighting, and greater durability. Unless the extra 4 weeks is a real problem, I would get the LED. By the way, LED backlighting was like a 250 dollar option two years ago, and I paid something like 50 for it a year ago. I guess it's just becoming more and more standard. Also, FWIW, I ordered the T400 the moment it came out and there was supposed to be like a 4 week delay but it actually came in under 2 weeks, so maybe they tend to overestimate their delay times.
I also got the 9-cell battery. I leave the charger at home on my desk at all times, even when using the computer at school for 7-8 hours. To me, that is awesome. Regarding the extra weight and bulk, I guess you just have to look at the specs and decide for yourself. I would say that if a bigger battery enables you to leave the charger at home, that makes up for it several times over, since the extra weight and bulk of the battery pales in comparison to the charger, which is quite heavy and bulky.
By the way, I also got the discrete graphics. I wanted to leave open the possibility of things like playing HD video and the occasional game, though I have yet to use it in this capacity. I would not have done this but for the brand new switchable graphics feature, whereby you can turn off the gfx card and use the onboard graphics, thus avoiding taking a hit on your battery life when you don't need the extra performance.
I never play the extended warranty game. The reason is simple: the profit margins on these things are insane, like 80%, whether we are talking about cars or electronics. That right there is all you need to know; there is just no value in these things. If you expect your product to start unraveling at the seems you should probably be looking for a different product. In the same way, accident protection is also a rip-off unless you are the world's clumsiest person or you plan on scamming the warranty and don't care what kind of replacement product you end up with.