Re: "Great. First IBM's excellent ThinkPads..."
Opinions vary on these things, obviously, but whilst the ThinkPads are no longer IBM I personally still find them (mostly) excellent. To be fair to Lenovo, they've not broken them like I expected them to.
I have three Lenovos, an ancient T420, a two year old ThinkPad 13, and an 8th gen i7 Yoga S730 (I know, not a ThinkPad) and there isn't one I have any regrets about (unlike the Surface Pro 6 I sold on, the 2020 MacBook Air I'm about to sell, and the work HP ProBook which is good but has a really strange keyboard with phantom keystrokes).
If you haven't tried a recent ThinkPad because they are now Lenovo not IBM, perhaps give them a look.