ibook vs thinkpad x31 vs MSI s250 (1012)

dpopiz

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give all the reasons you would choose one over the others
thanks

btw when I say ibook I mean a recent one (like <2 years old)
if you haven't checked out the MSI s250 you should. it's a cheap 2.5lb 12" ibook lookalike with a pentium-M and high-contrast screen. aparently another name for it is MSI 1012
 

WackyDan

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ibook is a 12" notebook with optical....
x31 is a 12" ultra-portable without optical
MSI s250 is a 12.1" widescreen with optical.

So they are all different in a way... The x31 is truly the oddball in that it's the only true ultra portable *by industry standards.

A used X31 will probably be a safe buy given the durability of the ThinkPads.... But you might be able to find a deal on a X32 or even X40.

I always error on the side of ThinkPad, but it's a tough choice with the others being light weight and having opticals......

 

dpopiz

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I don't care much about having an optical all the time anyway...
For me I see this:

ibook: bad screen, heavy, durable, never used OSX for very long/have to get used to it
x31: bad screen, durable, great keyboard
s250: great screen, superlight (2.5lbs), ??durability?? no idea, ??keyboard??

btw, if you look at the web a little, a lot of people say the x40 is WAY LESS durable than the x31, just fyi in case you're thinking about getting an x40
 

RichieZ

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i have an x31, had an ibook and replaced it with a 12" powerbook. ibook is quite heavy/large compared to the X31, they keyboard is pretty crappy and the airport range isn't all that good.

the one thing going for the ibook is OSX and the fact that it has an optical drive, beleive me after a while it gets to be a pain to have to plug in an external drive.

Incidently I am selling my X31 b/c my work just gave me a laptop and theres no need to have three laptops. LMK if you are interseted
 

hopejr

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The only thing I don't like about my ibook is that the screen is pretty dim. Apart from that I love it.
 

fbrdphreak

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MSI makes some great machines and they can be had at good prices, I would keep that one in the running. I've not used an MSI so I can't comment on that, but it would probably be a worthy choice. As Dan said though, I err on the side of caution with a Thinkpad ;)
 

Liver

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The reviews of the s250 s260 s270 have been positive. Personally if I did not already have a laptop, I would get one of them.

Reasons
1. get the barebones DVD package
2. choose your processor (you ability or desire to pin mod a 400FSB processor to 533)
3. get your memory (all of it, none of this shipped with 256 and then replace) cheaper
4. and get to use your copy of Windows.

By the last comment I mean, I bought my Dell with XP home on it and I quickly reformatted and am using my XP Pro. So I have "lost" money on have a license of windows I am not using.

As far as the PowerBook goes, they are moving to a whole new platform. Why would you get on board now? I can certainly understand if you were always a PowerBook user or an OS X user, but why now?

Liver