Cons: First unit would boot into Windows and then put up a message: Hardware not compatible with operating system. Returned unit for exchange. New unit boots then locks up after a few minutes of use. Rebooting unit results in message of: Reinstall Windows.
Choose intel integrated video card over admittedly defective nVidia unit.
27 March 2014
Summary: WARNING: A major percentage of T61's have a faulty integrated nVidia (recalled)video card. This can often be remedied by Lenovo after warranty, but likely with considerable effort. The intel video card installed units do not experience this fault.
Summary: The laptop I received had scratches on the lcd and the hinges were very loose. The description said normal wear. This is the first laptop I have ever purchased that didn't have an accurate description. I usually use Ebay and if there is a problem with the screen having scratches it will be listed in the description so there is no surprises.
Summary: For some reason, when the computer description said the Lenovo came "fully loaded", I just assumed it meant loaded with MS Office suite. Not so. It does have Open Office, which I have used, but which is not always adequate for creating the types of documents I like to use. Also, it does not really interface well with the network I have at work, so my coworkers cannot open the reports I have created at home.
Summary: Hard drive failure in wk one. On paper it looked good but not this one. I have had good experiences buying used or refurbished in the past. Not very happy that we were charged for the return expenses. Happy there was no delay getting a refund. Waste of time and money but this is what I expect buying refurbished for my children. Got a news Azus 1 yr wty.(from Tiger Direct) for about $70 more when factoring in coast of return postage.
Summary: I apologize to those reviewers who clearly fell in love with this machine but the reliability factor just was not there. If you poke about Amazon you will find I wrote a review of the T42 which was fairly popular, I suggested it was (AND MAYBE STILL IS) the best deal on the used computer market (for everything but HD graphics) and suggested how to update the unit for modern use. I have currently 4 T42s in a network, and they are more fun than a barrel of hammers.
Summary: Laptop arrived in poorly padded USPS cardboard box. When unpacking the system, found that no AC adaptor was included. Laptop battery has no charge so I cannot confirm working condition. AC adaptor is crucial for use of any laptop, so this was a very unpleasant surprise. Now have to shell out another $30.00 before I know for sure if it even works.