Summary: I must say that the seller is extremely responsive as far as expediting delivery, especially being as I chose to pay for expedited delivery! :) I ordered the item on a Friday evening, the seller shipped on Saturday, and I had it on Monday, early afternoon. Great! I use Linux as my main os, and I chose to keep the Windows partition, however, I resized it to be only about a quarter of the drive space, or 120gb.
Summary: I saw some negative reviews about this laptop and decided to give my opinions. There are 16 of us were issued this laptop by the company and they all worked fine for the last two years. None of us ever had any problems with the it. the only cons is it's super slow to restart. I think that's because I don't restart the machine very often.
I LIKE THIS LAPTOP . BUY IT IF DECENT KEYBOARD IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
1 March 2014
Summary: I have been an owner of this laptop for 3 months so I cannot judge its long term reliability. I had purchased a cheaper HP model with windows 8 on it and touch screen. I returned it because i did not like the feel of the keyboard and the mouse.I could not find a nice laptop with decent keyboard in stores so I took a risk and ordered thinkpad t420s.
Summary: The T420 is a okay laptop. Although I'm not a fan of the 16:9 ratio screen. The screen resolution is a bit on the poor side. It shares its siblings durable build quality however. My unit came with 8gb of RAM and a i5 processor. Its 320 gb hard drive can be replaced with a SSD and like all T series systems you can remove the DVD drive and replace it with another drive. This is a decent machine if you don't mind the ratio and the sub par secreen resolution.
Summary: The T420s, like all ThinkPads are identical to it's product line but the 'S' edition being a slimmer version of the 420. That being the case, I'm extremely happy with having bought the 420S and not the 420 because it makes a marginal difference to a person that requires a portable machine with a long lasting machine. I recommend buying an SSD and swapping out the DVD drive with it. There are plenty of drive bays available on eBay.
Summary: I've been using this laptop for over two years. So far it's been bulletproof. It was very fast when I first got it. It's slowing down a bit now, which means it's time for me to back up all my data and reinstall the OS. All the junk I've installed on it over the years has slowed it down quite a bit. In my office I have two large Dell monitors. This laptop powers the two displays just fine.