ThinkPad Buyers Guide: Which Broadwell ThinkPad to buy?

Build Quality Most ThinkPads have a very solid build quality, even E-Series and L-Series are often robust enough in that department, at least compared to what you get as a consumer device in this price range. The real deal however are the T-series, the X-series and the W-Series models. They share common premium features: carbon fiber and glass fiber materials, making them extremely …

ThinkPad W540 – Stress Test Results

In 2013, Jin Li from ThinkScopes tested the ThinkPad W530. This year we decided to put the W540 to the test. Here are the results. We have used Prime95 and MSI Kombustor to put the highest load possible. This should tell us how hot the W540 can get in worst case scenario. Specifications Processor: Intel …

Hidden keys on 6-row ThinkPads

With the 7-row to 6-row transition in 2012, the standard ThinkPad keyboard lost some keys – to be exact, the new layout has 5 keys less. The functions assigned to these keys were mostly legacy functions most people don´t use and are only needed for very specific tasks, like scroll-lock, system-request, break or pause. Also …

TrackPoint Caps Mythbusted

Lets talk about the TrackPoint! The TrackPoint (aka. “The Nipple” by some, but I prefer sticking to the formal name) is and was always one of the distinguishing ThinkPad features. Its been around since the very beginning of the ThinkPad brand name for Notebooks, and was introduced in October 1992, 22 years ago. Since then, …

Adapter Care

Hello all. First post for ThinkScopes, but a very crucial one. I’ve been a technician / IT guy / nerd for 30 odd years, and what has always boggled my mind is how people treat their laptop adapters. How many of you realize that without one, your computer is nothing but a very expensive bookstand, …