Summary: The size and function of this laptop is fine, with the exception of the mouse button in the keyboard being extremely stiff and there is next to no battery life. My daughter has to keep it plugged in at all times or else a message comes up saying that you should consider buying a new battery. When something is 'refurbished", I would expect to get something that works almost as well as new.
Excerpt: I am writing this on my Lenovo T400- I bought this because it came with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and I are not a match. The laptop is very sturdy and it came with easy instructions to activate the Windows 7 operating system. One interesting item is there is a touch pad and little red toggle for alternate use. I use them both. My only complaint is it's seems kind of heavy compared to other laptops, I have had but contributes to the sturdy feeling.
Excerpt: Unit arrived earlier than promised and in near new condition (the only clue that the unit was a refurb was a sticker on the bottom). Packaging included only a one page description of the unit's physical layout. Unit comes without a wireless card. No memory card reader either. Also, a driver for the graphics card was missing; took 30-45 minutes to download. Happily, I was able to return unit to a nearby Staples store without any hassle whatsoever.
sticky hard to press "e" & "d" button
25 December 2014
Excerpt: I bought this computer for my son for a Christmas present. I give it three stars because it should have been perfect out of the box. It works good except the "e" & "d" buttons on the keyboard are really hard to press. At first we thought the caps lock was on or something like that. Upon further investigation my son figured out the reason his passwords weren't working was because of the sticky keys.
Summary: I'm not sure I would buy a used PC again. Thinkpads are work horses. Rarely have problems. I've used nothing else the past decade. This one for a backup. One year later, the batter is now completely shot (had to order another), the windows software is useless and it's pretty much only a bit tablet used for internet. Would I do this again? No.
i would recommend the thinkpad, but not the model t400
3 November 2014
Summary: I have had a few of the model t400 and each has had its hardware issues. So I recommend going to the t410 as these have proven to be superior in longevity. my older t61's are functioning fine too. after having a few different thinkpad models. . .
Summary: The only glitch came the first day when the screen would freeze and then I would have to reboot. Persistence prevailed and by the third day and every day since there have been no screen freezes or glitches of any kind. I use the laptop about 4-5 hrs a day so any other problems should have shown up by now.