Well, after much consideration, I’ve pulled th' trigger on a new Thinkpad T61.
- Model 6459-CT
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 (2.0 Ghz with 4MB L2 cache)
- 1GB RAM (4GB on th' way from NewEgg!)
- 15.4″ Widescreen
- 128 MB nVidia discreet graphics
- 80GB HD
- Built-in Bluetooth
- Vista Business
To say that I’m pumped, is an understatement. I kinda had me hand forced into upgradin' thanks t' th' Sharepoint Trainin' that I’m goin' t' in a few weeks, to be sure. My Thinkpad R51 has served me well fer a little o'er two years now, but it’s a bit underpowered t' run th' virtual contraption that we’ll be usin' at th' trainin'. Just th' additional DDR RAM fer me auld R51 would’ve ran close t' $200 since it’s no longer th' de-facto RAM standard, so it didn’t make a lot o' sense t' drop that cash on a two-year auld contraption.
I ran across a coupon code (USPDECEMBER) that took an additional ~13% off th' order total which brought th' price down from $1,203 t' only $1,042. They are also runnin' a promotion with Paypal where they put $100 cash back in yer Paypal account two weeks after th' order is shipped – total cost is now $942 – not bad fer a $1,200+ laptop!
With Christmas monies and pre-paid gift cards (thanks AT&T!), I’ll only be chippin' in right aroun' $600, and that includes th' 4GB RAM upgrade from NewEgg. A Thinkpad T61 fer 50% off – Merry Christmas t' me!
I’ve already started thinkin' about names and I think it will either be Tank or Dozer t' stay with me Matrix theme.
As an added bonus, Bonnie will inherit Neo, and I think it will continue be a fine laptop fer that comely wench needs. Me – I’m lookin' forward t' th' jump t' th' T-series and th' nicer finish on th' exterior o' th' chassis.