My $88.00 Computer


You don’t need that $1000 MacBook Pro.

At least I don’t.

I’m currently writing this on a Lenovo Thinkpad x220 that cost me $88.00 on eBay. The only thing it did not come with was a hard drive but I had one of those in a drawer so that the cost of the upgrade was essentially zero.

I installed Ubuntu on it and everything works like a charm. I use squoosh to optimize my images and then I’m writing this in markdown using Typora and then when it’s all done I upload my images and this markdown file to my $5.00 a month server on Digital Ocean and I’m done. One blog post written using the web, a text editor and the terminal. That’s it.

Heck, with a bit of tweaking you could even install MacOS on it.

The keyboard is the beloved 7 row Lenovo keyboard and it’s fast enough for me with an i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. I had thought about upgrading the ram to 8GB but the 4GB seems to be doing fine for my computer that cost me less than a hundred dollars.

Battery life is so-so compared to the 12 hours you get on a more modern machine but you also pay 12x the cost. I get about 2-3 hours of battery life which is enough for me to get some work done remotely. A

Another benefit is that if you drop it or break it you can get parts for it easily and if you spill on the keyboard there’s holes in the bottom where the liquid pours through and you just keep on working.

Lastly, there’s a night light that shines down on the keyboard and I find this preferable to a backlit keyboard

All in all I am very happy with my $88.00 dollar purchase. It took me a while to get used to the older style keyboard and the trackpoint in the middle of the keyboard but I did and now I find that it is one of the better writing experiences I have had.

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