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Keyboard servicing on newer models

My daily workhorse is my trusty T420.  At 4 1/2 years old it’s not the prettiest ThinkPad out there, and it’s definitely had lots of use.  But one thing I love about it is the serviceability.

I’ve had the case open a number of times to clean the heatsink & fan, replaced the HDD a few times, and just today I had to unclip my spacebar in order to get grime out from underneath.

Are newer models with island-style keys as easy to service like this?

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0 thoughts on “Keyboard servicing on newer models

  1.       Steve Dowe as a trend the Mac Book philosophy of glued & soldered in became prevalent in later Thinkpads. However the keyboards are still CRU's.
    
  2.       Steve Dowe as a trend the Mac Book philosophy of glued & soldered in became prevalent in later Thinkpads. However the keyboards are still CRU's.
    
  3.       Steve Dowe the biggest complaint I've heard on the new stuff is soldered RAM & the fact you have to take the base off completely and thats not easy and the plastic pins are fragile unless you know how to do it.
    
  4.       Steve Dowe the biggest complaint I've heard on the new stuff is soldered RAM & the fact you have to take the base off completely and thats not easy and the plastic pins are fragile unless you know how to do it.
    
  5.       Yes, the soldered-on RAM does puzzle me.  Assuming the CPU has a dual channel memory controller, how does it handle one "DIMM" being 4GB and the other being 8GB?!
    
  6.       Yes, the soldered-on RAM does puzzle me.  Assuming the CPU has a dual channel memory controller, how does it handle one "DIMM" being 4GB and the other being 8GB?!
    
  7.       I have a macbook and I run windows on it, but I have always wanted the thinkpad t420. I see my classmate has one and put a ssd in it and is loving it . How is your battery life ?
    
  8.       I have a macbook and I run windows on it, but I have always wanted the thinkpad t420. I see my classmate has one and put a ssd in it and is loving it . How is your battery life ?
    
  9.       I mainly run mine "on the mains", so don't often run a battery from 100% to ~0%, but roughly speaking the new, authentic 9-cell battery I recently got was quoting around 5 hrs 30 min or so.  
    

    This is on Linux, so I expect Windows might squeeze another 30-60 mins due to better vendor support and driver optimisations, etc..

  10.       I mainly run mine "on the mains", so don't often run a battery from 100% to ~0%, but roughly speaking the new, authentic 9-cell battery I recently got was quoting around 5 hrs 30 min or so.  
    

    This is on Linux, so I expect Windows might squeeze another 30-60 mins due to better vendor support and driver optimisations, etc..

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