Summary: I bought this laptop because I needed a dependable Windows XP laptop for use with Automotive diagnostic equipment that won't work with newer systems. Lenovo made the best laptops and were rated #1 by all Computer magazines in the PC category. The keyboard has a very nice feel. Hinges are loose but screen stays where you want it. It could use a backlit screen like later models. Superb build quality. Some reviewers say that the quality fell off after the T420 models.
Lenovo got it right with this tough, feature loaded notebook.
2 weeks ago
Summary: Bought one because the price was nominal and the hardware had lots of bells and whistles. It was to give to my not-so-tech savvy sister. I was so impressed with the condition of the machine and it's bang for the buck (fingerprint reader, keyboard light, bluetooth and Wifi as well as web cam) with Windows Vista. I'm not a fan of any even numbered Windows version (they always seem to be painted pigs).
Summary: I was very surprised to see current reviews on this machine! This thing was born over a half a decade ago! Well, I bought mine because I wanted a separate dev box outside of my 2011 Macbook Pro. I love my MBP, but I already have it setup with Bootcamp (Windows 7), I didn't want to load another OS on it (space is starting to get tight), plus I wanted something that would function as a sort of mini-server for my own personal projects.
Summary: I'm pleased with this laptop, but the Thinkpad is bigger and heavier than any other laptop I've used. It might be more difficult to carry, and may require a larger case. If being able to carry your laptop easily in a small cheap satchel is a priority (it's not one of mine), you may want a different laptop.
Summary: I love the T61, but I think that there was another version. I had a T61 in the past and have noticed a few differences. Minor ones, but the other machine I had was as comfortable as an old shoe. It had a particular "click" to the keys. I wonder what that version was? This version is very close and has become a part of my "computer family". I like to have a computer in every room and at this price, it is affordable to do so.
Summary: I've owned a number of IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads over the years. They tend to be reliable and I particularly like the pointing stick in lieu of a touchpad. On average, they take bumps and bruises quite well also. This particular one seems to be rather slow compared to another, newer one -- even though both have Windows 7.
Excerpt: I've been able to do most any task required on our thinkpad. It is functional for the whole family including our 3-5 year old children. Videos stream quite well, downloading is fairly quick, and it has the capacity to handle a number of applications at once. We've really enjoyed using it. The keyboard is easy to use, the screen isn't straining on the eyes. A user-friendly laptop suitable for students and those who frequent the internet.