Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My new Lenovo ThinkPad X260 Ultrabook


Say hello to my new friend, Lenovo ThinkPad X260.

Finally I managed to ditch the MacBook Air. Sorry Apple Mac lovers, it seems MacBook Air has been disappointing me in many aspects. Also, the cost to repair the screen and trackpad is very expensive and not many third party shops can service the problems other than Mac store.

I bought the ThinkPad X260 for RM 5,448.00 including Windows 10, Microsoft Office2016  (Home & Student) and ESET anti-virus software.

For the same price, I could almost get a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display exclusive Microsoft Office, but I've had enough of MacBook products.

Windows 10 vs OS El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins

Speaking of operating system, a recent comparison was done by LaptopMag.com has shown Microsoft Windows 10 wins against Apple's OS El Capitan. Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins

Why ThinkPad?

I have been admiring ThinkPads since I was a schoolkid and back in those days, the ThinkPad series was designed, developed and sold by IBM.

ThinkPads are known for their minimalist, black and box design which was initially modeled in 1990 by industrial designer.

ThinkPads are popular with large businesses and schools. Older ThinkPad models are revered by technology enthusiasts, collectors and power users due to their durable design, relatively high resale value, and abundance of aftermarket replacement parts.
ThinkPad laptops have been used in space and, by 2003, were the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station.

X Series

The X Series is the main ultraportable ThinkPad line, offering a lightweight, highly portable laptop with moderate performance. The chassis is made of a fiberglass-reinforced compound.  Lenovo advertises the certification of the case according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G. It contains eleven tests, which are listed on the product homepage. These include humidity, pressure, temperatures and dust.

ThinkPad X260

"Optimized for Business". Lenovo uses these words to describe the new Lenovo ThinkPad X260.

The ThinkPad X260 is one of the latest ThinkPad Ultrabook models produced by Lenovo. The Thinkpad X260 replaced the earlier Thinkpad X250 in 2016.

This new version adopts Skylake processors, adds an additional USB 3.0 port and replaces the VGA port with an HDMI port in addition to the existing Mini DisplayPort port. Lenovo claims the X260 can achieve battery life of 21.5 hours from a full charge.

It has 6 rows of keyboard and I really love the high-quality notebook keyboard. You should feel the keyboard surface as they grip keyboard surface and each key of the keyboard is elliptic-concave shape that makes easy to type as they are very well integrated and do not clatter.

At first, the F keys and Fn function keys are difficult to use. Lenovo has set the Fn as a default instead of F keys. We use the F keys more than Fn keys, therefore it was hard to get used with them.

To switch the Fn keys to F keys, simply press Fn + Esc button. This will lock F buttons as default.

12.5 inch display with 1366x768 pixel

X260 Specifications

The X260 weighs only 1.5 kg with 12.5 inch display (1366x768 pixel).

It runs on Intel Core i5-6200U (2.3 GHz) with 8GB DDR4 SODIMM. The X260 includes 3x USB 3.0 connectivity and Finger Print scanner.

It has Storage of 1TB 5400RPM, a 720P CAMERA and 6 Cell Battery. I get 3 Years on site warranty as I bought from Authorized Lenovo Center at Midvalley.

The ThinkPad X260 costs RM 5,448.00 including Windows 10, Microsoft Office2016  (Home & Student) and ESET anti-virus software.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Five Armies Day 3: Chumphon - Koh Samui


We left Chumphon at 10.00 in the morning after breakfast at the hotel's coffee house. All of us woke up late than usual as we planned our next destination is Koh Samui, Surat Thani. The journey took us nearly 250 km from Chumphon to Don Sak SeaTran Ferry Terminal.

As we rode on Route 41 southbound to Surat Thani, there were many stalls selling coconut jelly. These coconut jelly were served cold. It was very refreshing when riding in a hot weather.

We exited Route 41 heading to Route 44. The Route 44 connects Surat Thani and Krabi. It is a new highway and using the Route 44 can save travelling time between East and West Coast. 

We reached SeaTran Ferry Terminal in Don Sak at 1.00 pm and while waiting for the ferry to arrive, we had our lunch at the ferry terminal.

Almost an hour later, the ferry arrived and the boys were so excited to ride into the vehicle docking bay. It was their first crossing their Harley Davidson bikes on a ferry to an island. 

We reached Koh Samui at 3.00 pm and went to Chaweng area to check-in at hotel. Our hotel is located 50 meters from the beach. Changed our clothes and headed to Chaweng beach and watched the sunset. 

For the dinner, i brought them to a muslim restaurant not far from Chaweng and within the walking distance from our hotel.

After dinner, we walked to Samui Walking Street and chillax at Raggae Bar..

On the next day, we spent the day exploring around Koh Samui.. Went to Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks near Lamai.

The boys really enjoyed riding without wearing helmets. It is illegal but usually roadblocks happen during the evening.

Sun is up, time to hit the beach at Tong Ta Kien aka Silver Beach.. We spent couple of hours at the Silver Beach including full thai body massage.

The weather was hot.. it's time for coconut ice cream again. This time at the View Point near Chaweng.

I ordered Coconut Ice Cream with Caramalized Banana and Peanut toppings.

Later in the evening, we went to Harley Davidson Koh Samui which is located near Chaweng. It is easy to find the HD store as you are heading to View Point from Chaweng. The Samui HD shop also provides Harley Davidson bikes for rental.

This is where i bought my half-helmet aka helmet kura kura, Samui Harley Davidson t-shirts and lots of buffs for riding.

The lady in the photo below is the owner of the Harley shop. You can bargain most of the items and in the store, there are many collectible Harley accessories.

Overall, we had a great time at Koh Samui. They wanted to extend for another day on the island but we had to head to Hatyai on the next day. 

Total distance we rode from Chumphon to Don Sak Ferry Terminal was 250 km. The ferry journey from Don Sak Seatran Ferry Terminal to Koh Samui took us nearly 1 hour. We took the chance to chillax on the air-cond Seatran ferry on comfortable sofa along with good food & beverages being served..

Continue reading:
Five Armies Pre-Ride : KL - Khao Lak - Chumphon - Koh Samui - KL
Five Armies Day 1: KL - Khao Lak, Phang Nga
Five Armies Day 2: Khao Lak - Chumphon, Thailand
Five Armies Day 3: Chumphon - Koh Samui


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