This is a review, of sorts, though it will grow as I need/test features.
I received my T410s and recorded a video of myself rejecting the Microsoft EULA, and erasing the harddrive. Good riddance, Windows 7.
The keyboard feels really nice/fast. I don’t find the trackpoint thing especially useful, but maybe I’ll learn to use it.
The hardware does not include:
- a dial-adjustment for volume
- extra buttons for one-touch launches of browser, email, etc
The light in the mute button is nice, as is the large delete key. Having a keyboard light is a nice step up from my last laptop.
Installing Ubuntu was flawless and the basics all work nicely. They ought to; Lenovo may not sell this (or any) computer without an operating system, but they certify it as fully Ubuntu-ready.
Why, then, does it look like
- the finger-print reader does not work (UPDATE: Feb 2011: The instructions at https://launchpad.net/~fingerprint/+archive/fingerprint-gui work flawlessly. My laptop now uses the fingerprint swipe to log in, unlock the screen and even authenticate when I invoke a command-line “sudo”! Wow. T410s uses an UPEK device.)
- not certain that hibernate works? (sleep does)
- the fan runs continuously at high speed when the machine is plugged in, regardless of CPU load. As of Feb 2011, this is the biggest remaining glitch.
- two-finger / multitouch scrolling does not work on the touchpad. (UPDATE: See the comments for this post; there’s a reasonable software workaround so I now have multifinger horizontal and vertical scrolling on, and have turned all edge scrolling off.)
Sad update: The next version of Ubuntu, 11.04, has been a complete disaster for me on my Thinkpad, despite it being a mainstream, popular piece of hardware. I’ve never had such a frustrating experience in two decades of Unix and GNU/Linux of things that used to work being broken by, first, a new version, and subsequently, the automated updates that I accept from Ubuntu. I am overwhelmed with the number of bugs and retrograded features that I cannot submit bug reports for or tabulate them all. There are now three choices of interface to choose from to try to get a working two-monitor system: Unity, Ubuntu Classic, and Ubuntu Classic with no effects. And all have horrid problems, which have gotten better and then much worse with subsequent updates. I’m at a loss (July 2011). I would downgrade to 10.10 but I suspect if I want the updated versions of 10.10, they may now be corrupted by backports as well…