Outdated ThinkPad laptops have something of a cult following, and some users trust them. Therefore, a Chinese-Singaporean student has started a project to equip old ThinkPads with modern hardware, so that the old chassis can be reused.
The project is called T700 and takes the form of a new motherboard for ThinkPad T60 and T61 laptops. It has a Core i7-1165G7 from Intel, which means it is completely up to date. In addition, there is space for two Sodimm memory modules and two NVME (PCIE 3.0) SSDs, in addition to the necessary connections for peripherals such as a DVD tray.
ThinkPad T60, from 2006.
According to the project crowdfunding page, the T700 board should be fully compatible with the ThinkPad T60 with a 15-inch 4: 3 display. The T60 and T61 with a 16:10 widescreen panel or a 14.3-inch 4: 3 screen are also supported, but require some chassis editing.
The external I / O has also been updated, although there are many old-fashioned ports. The board offers two USB-A (5 Gbit / s), two Thunderbolt 4 and support for Power Delivery, RJ45, VGA, two audio ports and a charging port.
The student asks for US $ 1,100 for the motherboard and a modified cooling solution. A complete laptop costs between $ 1,300 and $ 1,600, depending, among other things, on the costs of the chassis.
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