First post, by OldCat
Okay, this one is going to be a bit weird. So I really wanted IBM Thinkpad from early "bento" line for pure DOS gaming. Ideally: compatible sound card (many have ESS1688), decent VGA card, 640x480 pixel screen. 760L or LD would be great, but it's not classic "bento". 365CD is probably the closest to what I wanted, but with 486 Cyrix and supposedly crappy mono speaker (dunno if it's the same as on mine). 701C would be lovely - but it is prohibitively expensive.
I have finally settled for 365XD because that's the only one I could A) find and B) buy at a reasonable price point (<<100EUR).
I got it earlier today. In good shape and original charger, which is rare. I dig "bento" style, really like keyboard, speakers (clear sound!) and manual volume adjustment, the screen is quite good too... Except when it comes to DOS games. Since it's 800x600, you either play in a small square, covering only part of the screen, or turn on full-screen scaled thanks to PS2 HVEXP ON command. Unfortunately, one is very small (I have poor eyesight) and the other one is fugly. Theoretically I knew that prior to buying, but didn't know fullscreen would look that terrible. Eh.
So, what now?
Chase elusive 365CD (and possibly get disappointed again due to something else)? Stick to my old not-IBM DOS laptops, which are fairly good (especially NEC), but don't have that lovely "bento" form factor and IBM keyboard? Try to find another IBM model that will have proper 640x480 screen (according to Thinkwiki I am limited to these options: 345C, 365C, 365CD, 370C, 365E, 700C, 701C, 720C, 750C, 755C, 755CDV, 755CE, 755CV, 755CX, 820, 850)? Try to put 640x480 screen in 365XD (is it even possible)?
I would love to hear your opinions and suggestions.