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Hello tooters - I'm looking for a new . I used second-hand for years, but ran into problems replacing batteries on old models. Upgraded to a Dell 13 7380 a couple years ago, and they have already stopped making batteries for this particular model.

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My needs are modest - 13" screen, runs linux, and can be maintained for 5 years. I don't mind replacing the battery every year or two, but not if it means buying refurbished from sketchy 'batteries-are-us' websites.

I'm considering a new or recently used thinkpad, but would be interested in hearing about the longevity of and ? Or any other user-maintainable/upgradable options.

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update: Dell has definitely cancelled my battery, but after contacting tech support I got the model number. You'd think this would be listed in the online specs, but you'd be wrong.

Ordered a replacement from Amazon. Tech support decidedly unhelpful when it comes to identifying non-shady resellers.

Hopefully this keeps my machine running for another year

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@plantarum
I had a friend with a system76 laptop and the internals were okay but the hinge broke after 2 years and the screen died as a result. The trackpad also started to lose its finish and wear through. That was a 15inch model though.

I've got an e585 thinkpad and it seems to be built really solid. The top is metal and the rest is plastic but the keyboard feels solid. My battery only lasts about 5 hours though with tlp so maybe a e480 is better?

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@ksteimel interesting. If I was confident I could keep the 14" running on my own, the price isn't that much more than what I paid for my Dell.

My last thinkpad was an x200 or x201 - ugly little brick, but until the battery stopped charging it was pretty indestructible. I'm not familiar with the e series

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@plantarum I'm hoping my Thinkpad X301's battery lasts until I can get my hands on an MNT Reform because it hits all the right notes: https://www.crowdsupply.com/mnt/reform

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@technomancy that looks amazing! any idea what it will cost?

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@plantarum I know, right?

I don't know much about the projected cost, (I would guess comparable to the similar Novena project from a few years ago) but as a bonus @mntmn is active on the fediverse and can probably tell you more.
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