I have been a devoted thinkpad user for the past 10 years. I must have owned at least 7 of them. Anything from the IBM produced to the new ones designed by lenovo. Now ever since lenovo took over thinkpads started to slowly loose their original looks. In the past few years their functionality and build quality also started to suffer. My thinkpad x230, only 11 months old and it already has loose hinges. Meanwhile my 10 year old T23 hinges did not give a bit. The screen on my x230 now has white spots and increased dark shade at the bottom of the LCD. It is just not the quality that I would expect. Few days ago I checked out Lenovo website, just out of curiosity. To my suprise the new Lenovo laptops now look like Macbooks. Their screen hinges are more towards the bottom of the chasis. Which means I can no longer hyper-extend my screen. This mostly is a cosmetic change but it makes me wonder whether I should just get a macbook instead of the copy cat. What really is pushing me towards the edge are two serious issues; 1) no more dedicated trackpoint buttons and 2) very week hinges. These are no longer cosmetic changes but some serious changes to my workflow. I wont be able to utilize trackpoint the way I used to. Not to mention the loose hinges... A few months back I went to apple store with a family member who was getting a new macbook for college. Their 13 inch macbooks have strong hinges. The retina screen is beautiful and from what I read much better customer service than lenovo when it comes to repairs. So next year I will be getting a new laptop. And for the first time in 10 years it will not be a thinkpad. Im disappointed because I loved the brand and it is sad to see it gone. There are still older thinkpads out there, but they will never be my primary laptops. I will be probably getting a macbook. Just for their solid build quality.