Summary: I've owned one for over 6 years. Once used as my primary laptop, it is now retired to the living room with the HDMI connected to the TV for movies with a remote keyboard (no IR). Granted, I have upgraded it over the years. (new battery, RAM, 3gbs hard drive and fresh win 7 install) Still rock solid and fast for movies, email and surfing the web.
Summary: Bought this laptop about 3 years now. Worked very well after I upgraded it to 4G RAM. (1G is not quite enough for Vista....proved) It is much quieter than the Dell I used before. The power cord is vulnerable just like the old IBM models. So be careful when you plug the cord in, never bend or twist it. I am cautious enough because I had the same problem with an old IBM X series years ago(that baby lasted over 7 years, hope this one could do it too).
Summary: I used an IBM Thinkpad T60 in the past, thin, light and reliable, therefore, when I needed a personal laptop, I choosed Lenovo, thinking it'd at least be as good, since the SL500 had way better specs. No, NO, NO! It turned out to be a complete turkey, (and I don't mean the country), it is SLOW, even though I upgraded it to 4 gig RAM, it takes forever to OPEN ANY APPLICATIONS, takes close to minutes to Hibernate, shut down or switch on.
Summary: I had owned an IBM Thinkpad about 7 years ago, and it was a solid machine. Six months ago, I needed a new laptop for home use. I have had such great luck with Dell computers, and that's what I wanted to get, but Dell was charging $130 to "downgrade" to Windows XP, so I bought the Lenovo SL500, with XP included, instead. The first thing that I noticed is that the computer was wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a UPS box similar to a USPS Priority Mail type box.
Excerpt: I’ve had the Lenovo SL500 laptop for a year now. When it arrived, I quickly noticed there was something wrong with the CD drive. When I’d put a CD in, it would not always be recognized even after taking the CD out and putting it back in.
A complete waste of money and even GREATER WASTE OF TIME!!
Fisherman "Clean Shaven", Amazon
19 February 2010
Summary: Stay away from this piece of JUNK!!!! This machine has been nothing but problems from the day I got it out of the box. I have had 5 ONSITE VISITS and it's still not right!!! Connection problems ON THE FIRST DAY...unexplainable error messages. Can't even load standard software applications without all sorts of compatibility issues!!!
Summary: I bought this computer for the sturdiness factor of a traveling business laptop. It does seem much sturdier than my ACER TravelMate, but i find the computer to be very slow and clumsy. The user interface and the Lenovo programs that come installed are not as helpful as the ACER that I previously owned. I have been more frustrated with this computer than I have been pleased with an upgrade.
Summary: I purchased a new thinkpad with accessories all of which were back ordered. I had problems with setting up the home network in the Windows 7 system. I called their service and they denied the warranty I had just paid for. Their order status web site is always down. The 866 order status phone based system is a bunch of barely English speaking people who also do not have server access. My accessories are on a never ending delay (up to three months now).
Summary: Whew, where to start. -It takes upwards of 3+ minutes to transition to sleep. -The wifi (Intel) quite often after resuming from sleep shows no scan list. -Recently, the wifi stopped showing a scan list permanently. No rebooting, driver disable/enable, driver reload, pulling the battery and A/C would help. It's just gone.
Excerpt: I received this laptop as a gift...not sure if I would spend money on one though. Pros - smaller in size than many laptops so easy to hold in lap or carry, opens and closes easily, and seems durable..... Cons - smaller in size so more awkward to type (you may get used to it if you use it all the time), mouse pad in the middle of the bottom section which was awkward for me to use as well, and I greatly missed having a number pad.