I love Thinkpads. I really do. Just yesterday I was arguing vociferously to Mike Tschudi of SAP’s Design Services Team how the machines are a true classic of industrial design. But what genius had the bright idea of putting a hot processor under the space where you place your palm to use Thinkpad’s iconic red tracker button? My hand is burning. I wish I had a mouse here. Did the designer actually use the machine or were they on a Macbook or something? Seriously its very annoying. Note to self: travel with a mouse and possibly… lose Thinkpad religion. The thing with the hot plate under the palm is.. its not an annoyance you can get used to. So what do I do now- ding David Churbuck? I would like to see Lenovo succeed – but they need to get the basics right. Still I guess at least the machine hasn’t actually blown up like a Dell. But maybe Lenovo needs to send out some kind of palm protector device with their laptops. There was me thinking dual cores were meant to be less hot.
Update: I put my ear next to the offending region and it appears to be the hard drive. That is running very hot- which puts me in fear of my data.
disclaimers: At one point it looked like Lenovo would become a customer of ours but it didn’t happen, but that’s not why I am writing this.