Thinkpad T60 - good as a DAW?
I am planning ot buy an Thinkpad T60, mainly to be used for my work (biophysical/physiological research), but also to be used for DAW applications.
Presently, I am considering the T2500, 100G 5400 rpm, ATi x1400 128k, and 1G or 1,5G or 2G.
There is no internal FW, but I have a TI FW PCMCIA.
I am mainly doing location recordings with a seperate Fostex harddiskrecorder, so I need the notebook usually only for mixing 8 to 24 tracks. Sometimes, I record my ideas I have, but these won't be large scale recordings. Software is SAM 8 pro at the moment. I am usually using the internal plugins, quite often (and sometimes quite extensive) convolution reverbs. I will rarely need more than 24 channels. I don't use 96k.
Interface will be the Motu traveller, although I don't like it for stability reasons, but I own it and I can use it as an independent 16 channel monitor mixer for the Fostex at locations without needing the computer.
My questions would be:
- are there any known problems with IBM/Lenovo and audio?
- would it make sense to get a second >5400 rpm HD for audio, considering the fact I am not using VST instruments and rarely more than 24 channels?
- how much ram - on a cost per yield basis - would you take? 1,5G?
- beside the price, would you find any reason why not to take this notebook?
Thanks for your opinions!