tested hardware

It comes with a Dual Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6Ghz and 1GB of RAM (which would be sufficient) but the hardware itself is very very slow… i suspect it’s the CPU but could also be the harddisk.

it is even slow under Windows XP

with Debian based ideal linux it is at least able to run the latest firefox on this system.

while ideal linux runs flawlessly on this hardware that sets new lower standards when it comes to speed.

Atleast ideal linux allowing to run up-to-date software such as Firefox and Thunderbird and LibreOffice… even when it takes like half a hour to load LibreOffice 6.0 write.

… but it runs!

It was laying around so i thought i give it a test run,

it is really the slowest hardware i have ever seen.

the webcam also sucks.

if you want a proper laptop with powerful hardware, get a lenovo t440 with ssd, though you might not like the touch pad of it, at least it can do two finger scroll πŸ˜‰ as a Mac.

first of: it was bought at https://shop.delwi-itr.de for 300€ bucks and ideal linux boots and works like a charm.
pros:

  • 14″ screen, 13″ is to small, 14″ is reasonable, while the screen is often the part that uses most of the energy, so smaller screen = longer battery lifetime
  • the battery is quiet slim, but you can get 3x times the battery life with a 6 cell battery for around 50€
  • big touchpad, two-finger-scroll works perfectly with ideal linux (Debian) πŸ™‚
    • the touchpad is big, but it is not triggered accidentally while typing.
  • slim design
  • 2x cores 2x threads (looks to OS like 4xcores) i5@2.9Ghz and 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, that handles ideal linux with ease (any cpu core goes barely beyond 10% while firefox loaded)
  • the keyboard feels okay… it is pretty comfortable, has a two-level dimming backlight, and an green LED inside the FN (function) button.
    • you can activate the keyborad backlight with “Fn+Space” pretty cool πŸ™‚
    • the “print” button is located very closely to space bar… okay why not.
    • what is missing is a “right-click” button
  • webcam integrated webcam with decent quality 1280×720

cons:

  • a mouse click on this touchpad means to press the whole touchpad… this feels sluggish and makes a lot of noise, that could have been solved more elegant.
    • i know understand this design decision: you can now mark text by holding the whole touchpad “left mouse button” down and sliding over the touchpad in order to select text πŸ™‚ interesting πŸ™‚
    • this was probably also done, to avoid accidental touch pad interaction while typing on the keyboard (and the thumbs almost always touch the touchpad)
      • i understand this is very tricky… and i like big two finger scroll touchpads… but to avoid accidental interaction and allow easy right mouse click would be nice
  • also right-clicking with the touchpad takes some time to get used to. (it only works if you press the top right corner of the touchpad)
  • when looking at gray parts of the screen i believe to see “dots” and “stripes”

 

overall:

it is a fast machine.

it works great with the stick.

but the sluggish touchpad and the 30min of effective battery life makes an almost perfect laptop (there is a very nice 5-6h battery upgrade scroll down πŸ™‚ )

this blog post was written with ideal-linux on a stick booted on lenovo t440 πŸ™‚

linux lspci dmidecode hardware info script results:

here are the resultsΒ LENOVO-t440-20B7A1H4IX.txt

of the “hardware info and detection” script hardware_info_script.sh

benchmarks:

LENOVO-t440-20B7A1H4IX.cpuinfo.sh.txt

does your lenovo have keyboard backlight / background lighting?

it was the question of an angry user in some lenovo forum, with a closed threat so i can not even answer on it, here is the answer:

lenovo t440 with this symbol on the spacebar you can press Fn + Space to switch on (level1, level2, off) keyboard background lighting – your lenovo has no such symbol?

you can try it anyway but i guess you are out of luck and your lenovo laptop does not have keyboard background lighting (very sorry, it is really a cool locking feature, all lenovos should have these)

UPGRADE UPDATE: New Battery Pack!

23927/60/60 = 6.64HOURS OF RUNTIME! NICE!

Laptop Akku fΓΌr Lenovo ThinkPad T440 X240 T450 T440s T450s X250 X240s 4400mAh

yes it is thicker – yes it will make your laptop heavier… but it will run for 6 HOURS!

update: further optimizing runtime of laptops/notebook via powertop πŸ™‚

did that and it reports now 11hours of runtime, BUT i am experiencing harddisk access “hickups” meaning: whenever i try to open or save something i experience a massive delay of 10seconds or more.

my systemd file for t440 is like this: powertop.service.txt

(Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch) Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-8-amd64)

if you have any recommendations let me know.

so be careful with those tunings.

it comes with a manual that says: battery comes pre charged 70%, consume to 10% than charge to 100%, then consume to 10%… do this 4-5x times for battery to reach maximum capacity πŸ™‚ NEVER LET IT REACH 0%!

how do you measure the performance of a battery? of course by runtime! diabled all energy savings (display sleep etc.).

cat /scripts/count_seconds.sh 
echo "Seconds counter:" > count.log
COUNTER=0
while true; do
sleep 1;
let COUNTER=COUNTER+1;
echo $COUNTER" Seconds...";
echo $COUNTER >> count.log;
done;

23927/60/60 = 6.64HOURS OF RUNTIME! NICE!

first of: it was bought at https://shop.delwi-itr.de for 300€ bucks and ideal linux boots and works like a charm.

with every boot stick there comes a script, that asks if you are happy with how the stick performs on your hardware:

/scripts/hardware_detection_report.sh

here is the result of the script:

Lenovo_Thinkpad_X60S_lspci_hardware_info_debian_linux_test_170255G.txt

please support Debian and Open Source software and buy the ideal linux boot stick πŸ™‚ (also good present for still-microsoft dependant users)

pros: wifi works out of the box (just have to switch the hardware switch on which is on the front)

performs well… fast startup.

cons: no touchpad, just a “joystick” kind of nob.

i don’t neet that fingerprint sensor X-D