Someone recommended “Losing the Signal” for me to read. Put simply, it chronicled the Blackberry screw-up. I am witnessing the same for Lenovo now.
It has been the workhorse laptop of corporations for decades. IBM made the most reliable and usable Windows laptops. When it was sold to Chinese, miraculously, it kept on going. I have faithfully replaced my Lenovo with a new one for the past 10 years or so. It just works! Rather, now, it used to just work.
First is the X1 Carbon. Now it’s this t440s. The touch pad kept on interfering with my typing. It moves my cursor to an unpredictable location and wouldn’t allow me to click. This is so annoying that, eventually, I disabled the touch pad and switched to an external mouse. Yes, this means the laptop can no longer operate on the lap. It now requires a table.
The sad part of the story is that Lenovo is simply the most recent example of the pathetic PC market. One by one, they all failed me. I used to love Sony VAIO: light, elegant, stylish, and just works. No longer. Dell, HP, and now Lenovo all have gone to the junk pile. I should have seen this coming. Decades of fierce competition has wrung out all profits and innovation. The world has gone to tablets and smartphones and the famed subscription model. Those of us who cling to PC, keyboard, and mouse are also the ones who keep the purse strings tight. We want good quality and low prices. Those who have better quality and higher prices died gradually. All we have left are the winners of the war, just damaged beyond salvage.
Yes, I am switching to Mac. Sigh… I am willing to pay for quality, just not excessively so like Mac used to be. The time has arrived for me to switch.