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.
A complete waste of money and even GREATER WASTE OF TIME!!
Fisherman "Clean Shaven", Amazon
1 May 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 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: 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: 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.
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'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: 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.
Summary: I ordered this laptop for my son so he could take on the road with him for his work or when on vacation. I had it sent to my house so I could load some software I had ordered. I also ordered some other things to go with the laptop like a carrying case. I played with the laptop for a few days until everything arrived and I thought it was an excellent purchase. It appeared to very sturdy - good for taking it on the road.