My new work machine arrived and it’s awesome.
I never looked at workstation models before because my impression of it is that it’s bulky and it’s meant to just sit at a desktop and do it’s thing. The ThinkPad P1 is very similar to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. As much as I would have loved to have the top of the line version, I don’t think I could justify spending that much for a developer machine.
Instead I went with the cheapest 8GB option but purchased an additional 16GB RAM. Even with that, it was still cheaper than the equivalent X1 Extreme at our local retailer so I went ahead with the purchase.
I never upgraded my own laptop before and because it was brand new, I was a bit nervous. Below is a video of how easy it turned out to be.
I did have a little bit of a hiccup in the beginning. When I started going through the setup of the machine, I noticed that the enter key had popped up a bit so I pushed it back in. I continued working and kept finding it loose again. I noticed that whenever hit the enter key on the lower part of the key, the top part would pop loose.
That was a bit frustrating especially since I had already setup my software and it was all ready to go for work the next day. I sent an email to the supplier and to Lenovo to get advice on what I should do, packed the machine back in the box.
After a few minutes of watching keyboard repair YouTube videos, I mustered up the guts to pry the key cap off. The problem was that one of the wire frames kept coming off the hook so I just had to pinch it together so it stayed in the hook. I popped the cap back on and now the key is operating normally.
I did receive a reply from Lenovo the next day. The great thing is that they said as long as I had an invoice from within 14 days, they could replace the entire machine, or they could send a guy the next business day to replace the keyboard on site.
It turns out this came with a 3 year on-site warranty which is awesome as they would actually send someone over to where you are to fix the problem. I told them that I managed to get the key cap to stay on and will continue to use it and see if the problem comes back.
I’ve been coding and typing an entire day now and it seems that the key cap is still firmly in place. I’m just happy I don’t have to go though the whole setup process again.