Re: I dont see the appeal...
Here's what I like about the business-class Thinkpads:
Keyboards are generally very good
Machines are usually easy to service, and upgrade
Good documentation available and easy to get parts for
Usually, Trackpoint and trackpad and decent buttons
Big user base means pretty likely to find a solution to any problem you encounter
Robust, reliable, well built and last a long time
Usually reasonable selection of ports
No one thing makes me think I must buy a Thinkpad but whenever I look at the alternatives, they always seem to be missing features I want, even if they have better screens, higher performance and less weight.