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 Post subject: Did I goof? <g>
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:39 pm 
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Good Morning Scott...

I hadn't heard from anyone on this forum about the Lenovo T540p or the W540, so I think I might have "goofed" and ordered the fully loaded T540p last night. I didn't feel right hitting the send button on the order because of all the negative feedback on how Lenovo's makeover on the T540p hasn't been very popular with long time Lenovo users. As a matter of fact, "after" ordering the laptop, I was able to watch several video critiques of both the T540p and the W540 and "none" of them had many good things to say about the laptops. One guy even shipped back his T540p after doing the video critique. It also sounds like Lenovo is going back to the much requested original trackpad and other features it changed after getting hammered on the new changes. Why re-invent the wheel? <g>

Now, I'm having "buyer's remorse" after placing the order (I can and most likely "will" cancel the order.), but I wanted to get your take and the other members' take on this site's forum on what would be a good, reliable substitute for the T540p and W540. I definitely need a lot of horsepower in a mobile work station for AutoCAD, SolidWorks and HD video editing, and if you look at the bottom of my previous post, you'll see the specs for what I'm looking for. I know you're probably busy finishing up your lastest URPC's, but if you have some time to answer this post fairly soon, that would be awesome. Also, I'm in the San Jose, CA area for the next few weeks on my "final" move to Montana, so I don't have your e-mail address. If you can send me an e-mail, that would be even better. <g> As always, I appreciate your input. Thanks Scott...


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:12 pm 
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I just read the latest review for five (5) high end portable workstations. Scott, what is your take on these? Anyone else that has experience with these laptops, can you leave your input too? Thanks...

http://tinyurl.com/lfcplj5


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:53 pm 
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I "just" got off the phone with Lenovo, and guess what? Yep... the old trackpad is coming back... "and...." it's on the NEW W550s workstation laptop that "just" came out yesterday. The gal from Lenovo pressured me into getting the current T540p without even telling me that Lenovo has backtracked on the new trackpad and is now in the process of putting in the older type trackpad with the buttons on top of the pad. I just canceled my order for the T540p. The W550s is the newest workstation laptop, so I'll look into that machine right now. Good news for long time Lenovo users... you just have to be patient and wait until the latest models come out to get the older trackpad back... here's a link to the W550s with new 5th generation Intel CPU's...

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/th ... ies/w550s/


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:06 pm 
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Here's the weblink for the ThinkPad...

http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/thisisthinkpad/


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:34 pm 
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The return of the TrackPoint buttons is the best computer related news I've heard in years: http://blog.laptopmag.com/thinkpad-broadwell-refresh

Sorry for not responding earlier, but before this news I was seriously considering moving away from the ThinkPad line, something I hadn't even remotely considered for almost 20 years. That is how bad the "new" designs were on the T540 and W540 (NSFW anguage warning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb7p3VkQCOo

I think you will be *very* happy that you cancelled your order for the T540p and hopefully will get either a T550 or W550 instead.

The previous T540/W540 ThinkPads were so bad that I had resigned to keeping my T520 going via CPU and SSD upgrades, and even possibly trying to find a used T530. I was then going to consider some of the other workstations from Dell and HP as they still had more traditional TrackPoint designs. However since Lenovo actually came to its senses at this point I don't see much reason to change, and will be looking into the T550/W550 myself. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:25 am 
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Hey Scott... glad to "hear" your voice again. <g>

I just checked the specs on the W540 vs. W550, and it looks like the W540 can have up to 32 GB of RAM vs. only 16 GB for the newer W550. Any reason why Lenovo cut back on the RAM? I'm hoping to be doing a lot of SolidWorks 3D work, AutoCAD Map 3D, Adobe Photoshop, & Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (I agree with you about Adobe... they want to screw up a good relationship with its older customer base by force feeding us a subscription software, Adobe can go pound sand.) <g>

To me, all the RAM I can muster is a good thing, and the cost wasn't too bad with the W540... I'm just "not" going to buy a W540. You would think the W550 would offer the same configuration options as the W540. What's up with that?

Anyway... it sounds like you're a "happy man" again now that Lenovo came to its senses about the trackpad. <g> Okay... I'll check back on your take of the memory with the W550. Maybe it's a typo on Lenovo's website...


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Thanks Scott for the link to RAMMap. I'll download that and try it out. 16 GB is a lot of RAM, but from reading articles on HD video editing, it sounds like you can't have too much memory. <g>

Speaking of HD video editing...

What would be the ideal desktop machine for high end video editing, SolidWorks 3D CAD, high end graphics editing, etc.? I see a lot of third party PC makers like BOXX and a couple of other vendors use Intel Xeon based PC's. Are these machines easy to build, troubleshoot, and maintain? Do you have any build videos showing how to make up a two processor motherboard with 32 GB of RAM, possibly two video boards, etc.? I'd really like to build a powerful desktop that will work well into the future for large, memory intensive video & graphics. If you have any video training on this, I would buy it in a heartbeat. <g> How would a powerful machine like this compare to a Lenovo W550? Are the Core i7's powerful enough for this intensive computing & video rendering? Thanks Scott...


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Thanks for the great info. I REALLY like being able to print off these posts and keep the hard copies. It's like reading a book. <g> As always, I appreciate your attention to detail when you answer these posts. Great job!!! Do people even realize how valuable this site is?


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I'd been reading Scott's most famous book for years before I realised he "exists" online! Makes buying the books such great value.

It's my Bible, and it's hardback statue makes it even more so.


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