• Dave Kennedy

COVID19 has changed the world, and how we communicate, educate, work, and generally live day to day. Conference events sensibly are one of the aspects that have certainly changed (at least in the short term).

About this time of year for the last few years I've been arriving in Las Vegas to attend CES. CES is by far the largest annual technology event in the world and for someone who loves tech in all its forms its a dream come true with new and upcoming devices and wizardry at every turn for you to look at, touch and try out.

I believe last years attendance at the 4 day event was over 170,000 people. Unfortunately that number of humans descending on Las Vegas from all over the world, to wander around the conference centre halls and hotels during a global pandemic was seen as a risk to far and the organisers the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) joined forces with Microsoft to make this years event virtual. I am genuinely excited to see how this works and tomorrow the vail will be lifted.

I am going to very much miss getting up close and personal with the devices, to photograph them and try them out in person. But it also means I don't have to venture on up to two wintery flights and travelling away from home during a pretty busy part of the year.

I'll be trading the sparkling lights of Vegas for my home desk on a mountain in British Columbia. But aside from saving my legs from walking thousands of steps, this year might provide a means of consuming more information. I'll be setup with three screens to consume content, one to conference and one to take notes. My desk is going to feel like mission control.

I hope when CES 2022 comes around it has some physical and onsite elements of CES return so we can physically interact with the new tech, but till then lets look forward to making the most of the media we are able to get exposed to.

Happy CES!

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  • Dave Kennedy

I was just taking a quick browse through the ThinkPad T Series in to make a recommendation to someone who'd asked for a "Fairly powerful work horse" and noticed something standing out from the line up.

Often my "Go To" for similar requests is something from the Lenovo ThinkPad T Series. My recommendation has usually meant something like a T490 or T590 (or from the newest models of T14 or T15) capable of being specified with an i7 maxed out to 48GB and in some cases basic discrete graphics cards. These machines are well built, well tested, handle well above average user requirements and are generally a great all round machine.

However there is addition to the T Series line up. The T15g is far from ordinary with is options for Xeon CPUs, 128GB RAM, dual SSDs (allowing RAID1), 8GB GeForce discrete graphics cards and many almost workstation grade options.

(PSRef Page for T15g - Here)

This is a machine suitable for some serious graphical processing or computational work. Its performance more akin to a workstation. Its not ISV Certified but its more than capable of the performance required for CAD or other design work.

If you were looking for a ThinkPad that was very capable for gaming this would certainly have to be one of the front runners. Those GeForce graphics options will go a long way to getting some good quality gaming graphics running.

The hardware spec and performance nerd in me is salivating at the possibilities with the T15g.

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  • Dave Kennedy

As of this week the ThinkPad X1 Fold goes on sale but what is it capable of and what kind of performance can you expect?

The CPU and Memory specifications on all Models of the X1 Fold appear to include 8GB (LPDDR4X-4266) RAM and a Intel Core i5-L16G7 CPU. This should mean that performance of the device should be very consistent for all users. But what will performance be like and how could it be used?

8GB RAM is the new normal base line for memory in PCs and suggesting a capable level for general tasks. The Intel Core i5-L16G7 CPU is very new (released Summer 2020) and not many devices are coming equipped with it yet so real world reviewed experience seems limited. So it might be useful to draw comparison with another device.

I personally make use of the very compact and flexible Lenovo YogaBook C930. My model is equipped with 4GB RAM and an Intel Core m3-7Y30. My device has half the memory of the Fold and a CPU that was first launched 4 years ago. Looking at comparative performance review information the CPU in my YogaBook is capable of about 65% of the performance the newer CPU in the Fold. I believe its fair to assess my YogaBook as having about 60 to 65% of the performance capabilities of the Fold.

My YogaBook is a companion device I use for note taking and also regularly used for email, basic admin tasks, 6 to 8 browser tabs open at the same time, Remote access to systems for support, Teams / Video conferencing and some basic photo editing. While the YogaBook isn't a power house, it does have enough performance to perform average tasks. Given the Fold's potential additional 40% of power I believe I could easily see this as someone's more regular machine easily up to normal day to day tasks without any issues.

From a form factor and usability point of view the Fold has many of the benefits of the YogaBook I enjoy and more. The YogaBook is very compact and and easy to carry meaning its very convenient to carry and be there when needed. A big advantage the Fold has is that while its compact it can be arranged to have not only a small compact 10" display, it can unfold into a very advantageous 13" display when more screen space is needed.

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