I called IBM today in relation to the status of my order and we started talking. I told him about the one I saw thrown down the stairs and he said he has seen a 250lb sales rep stand on a ThinkPad that had the Magnesium shell like the T42s without even damaging the laptop. He said the rep than stood on a different brand of laptop and ended up smashing it. In another incident he said a European customer had accidentally left one on the roof of a taxi. It fell off the taxi and proceeded to get driven over by another vehicle. When retrieved and plugged into an external monitor it fired up and ran. The only serious damage was to the flat screen, which had to be replaced.Originally Posted by webview
Personally I really like the idea of a Magnesium case rather than a plastic one, although I don't plan on using mine as a step stool nor would I recommend such brutal treatment. Given the rough life most laptops live, I think ruggedness and survivability is an important trait. I'll take the durability of a ThinkPad over the beauty of a Sony Viao any day.