I’ve been busy these past few weeks on a variety of things, but a quick note: I decided on a new laptop, concluding my February agonizing. I’m replacing my Fujitsu Lifebook P1610 with a Lenovo Thinkpad x200s. Thank you to everyone who suggested it.
My Lifebook isn’t quite dead yet (though this morning it was refusing to charge until I jabbed the power port with a mechanical pencil a few times), but three things motivated my choice. First, I got a chance to play with a friend’s x200s and she gave a good general report of it. Second they’re on a pretty steep sale right now (especially with the friends and family employee discount sent by a kind reader — thank you!). And third, I finally got a G1 (my first smartphone!). The G1 means that I have ssh and a browser in my pocket, so I don’t need my laptop to be quite so pocketable as I used to. By the way — I’m very happy with the G1 so far. I left Verizon to get a G1, and the T-Mobile ccoverage is actually a lot better than I was warned; so far it hasn’t been a problem at all, even on various road trips.
If you are still one of those crazy people who needs an optical drive, the x301 is basically a slightly larger x200 with an optical drive bay. And the Toshiba R600 looks like another good option for high-end ultraportables, though I’ve never had a chance to see one in person.