Thinkpad and laptops in general thoughts 

Nearly all of the laptops I've had over the years I have not been all that satisfied with. Probably somewhat a product of financial situation where I have never really spent top dollar on an ideal laptop. So there have always been significant compromises. This Thinkpad is the happiest I've ever been with a laptop. There are only a couple minor things I would change about it. Otherwise it's very close to my ideal laptop. Closest I've ever come anyhow.

Thinkpad and laptops in general thoughts 

For reference this is a Thinkpad Yoga 12 from 2015 or so I think? Bought a few years ago for $275 with a pretty nice dock. Intel i5, 8GB RAM, extremely solid magnesium alloy, 2 in 1 hinge, touchscreen, stylus, great keyboard, trackpoint. I love it. It's about as thin as I'd want a workhorse laptop to be. Good port selection.

Thinkpad and laptops in general thoughts 

The things I would change to make it my ideal? Ethernet port, full size hdmi instead of mini hdmi. That's basically it. If I'm being real cranky I would also say a non-intel CPU and replaceable RAM but I can live with those for my uses.

It has a 2.5" drive so that's an easy swap. Battery with linux is pretty decent. Over 6 hours usually for a fairly old and used laptop is pretty good IMO.

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Thinkpad and laptops in general thoughts 

The build quality and keyboard/trackpoint are SO much beyond anything you'll get from a regular consumer laptop. The fact you can pick these up for so little and have a way more solid and higher quality all around computer is pretty amazing. We've got it pretty good now compared to 10 years ago.

@kelbot I agree, my first gen X1 Carbon is such a pleasure to use and I got it for about the same price as you got your Yoga, about a year and a half ago. It's truly amazing what you can get for so little money with a bit of research, but at the same time really sad how the market has tricked people into thinking they need a new macbook or whatever just to have power/usability and build quality.

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