Summary: I've used many laptops over the years but have never used a Lenovo until I got this laptop from my work last year. I have to say I am very very impressed with this product. After a year of using it, its taken a lot of abuse and it still works great. I have a very bad habit of not turning of my laptop for weeks on end (I know, I know) and this laptop never slows down or crash's. Also the battery life is great, even after a using it for a year everyday at work and home.
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: Bought my T420 a little over a year ago, and dragged it around SE Asia for 6 months with nary a problem... pretty rugged. I bought it for personal use, not just business. I thought about getting something a bit lighter weight but went for bullet-proof instead. This was my first Thinkpad so I have nothing to compare it to. I did upgrade mine with a solid-state flash drive for the OS and a secondary 500mb conventional hard drive for data and applications.
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.
Great business grade laptop in an affordable range
27 November 2012
Summary: The Lenovo T series has yet to disappoint me, these laptops I have traveled with for years and have held up to the riggers of airports, trains, and buses. The T420 pleasantly suprised me with a nicely sized 14inch screen and decent battery life from the main battery. Too short to tell right now how the mechanics hold up, however if they are like the rest of the Lenovo's it should stay good and strong for a long time.
Summary: My biggest requirement was something sturdy and durable, having had negative experiences with Dell and HP in the past. This is a great laptop, does not heat up easily, the keyboard types great - overall, very good value for money.
Summary: Rock solid durability, classic look and feel, very fast performance, security features, quiet keyboard I've been a fan of Lenovo products for many years now. Lenovo has long been considered the GOLD standard for the Enterprise. And their latest ThinkPad T420 only continues this tradition. Lenovo positions this laptop as being "rock solid durability". And from what I've seen that may even be somewhat of an understatement. They are built like a tank.
Summary: Pros: - Sturdy build withstands constant backpack travel. Love the rubberized matte finish - it hides oily hand prints and feels nice while providing grip. - Good keyboard. Lenovo is pretty much the only option if chiclet keys aren't your thing. This one is not as good as a desktop keyboard, but comfortable to type on without making errors. Trackpoint works well although I usually use the touchpad. Some don't like the bumpy texture but I prefer it.
Summary: This is a great laptop in many ways, great keyboard, integrated camera, thinklight, powerful GPU, almost all the things that make a thinkpad great. What DOESNT make it a thinkpad T4x, in my opinion, is the really tiny screen. And, I mean tiny tiny. It's only 85 square inches of real estate. The small screen is only 7" high (x 12.25" wide)!!!