Get Intel GPU and avoid Nvidia unless buying for parts as I did. :-)
2 February 2013
Summary: I bought this as an organ donor knowing it had the infamous Nvidia GPU failure, which left the rest of the machine as an excellent parts donor. It's WUXGA display and some other parts are serving me well on another T61. Check the CODE and BUILD DATE on Lenovo service tag stickers then use a search engine and/or the Lenovo site to determine what (should) be inside any Thinkpad you buy. T61s are great machines even for an old design.
Summary: I have loved thinkpads, a year and a half ago when I got a top of the range £2k T61P I didn't consider anything else. It makes me mad that Lenovo have stuffed up the best laptop brand there was. OK, now for the fault list: Screen- very uneven back light, dead pixels, dim Bloatware- Loads of it, screws computer, BSOD out of the box. I joke not.
Pros: Trackpoint, fingerprint login, erm that's it.
Cons: Build quality, screen, performance, heat, bloatware, demise of the thinkpad.
Summary: It is addition to my opinion posted on 26/03/2008. I did not change my opinion on the machine - it is almost the best. Eventually I threw away Windows and installed Linux openSUSE 10.3 an then 11.0 and received almost perfect business machine. To run Windows applications that have no exact equivalents under Linux I installed Sun's VirtualBox and guest Windows inside it. Due to superpower of T61p I run Linux and Windows simultaneously with no problems!
Summary: Ok so you don't get the T61 in lots of different colours but who cares?! I love this machine - it means business and is packed full of technology as standard without it all being optional extras as you have with some companies. I wanted a laptop for work and home and this is great.
Pros: It's a serious machine with no silly gimmicks
Summary: This is the worst laptop I have ever used / bought! The horror starts at the opening of the box. I purchased the T61P Maxed out, every option, 4G plus the Intel turbo 1g card. Yes, that is a total of 5g’s of memory! I bought laptop to replace a 6 year old IBM T41p that has gone through 3 wars, and every type of field environment you can think of and carried in a field ruck across the world.
Summary: My company bought around 120 of these and never before have we had that many complaints about simple errors like sudden blue screeens, errors, hardware failures etc. It works quite good for the first couple of weeks but then the horror breaks loose. If you place the PC in the docking station it breaks down because of 'hardware tampering attempt'. The screens becomes increasing loose in the fittings. The graphic card can performe at all. Just DON'T DO IT!
Pros: I like the way it makes me feel when I throw it in the dumpster!
Cons: All of it, the looks, the unstable graphic card, the weight, the shaky screen
Excerpt: "Amazing laptop. I have always been a fan of no nonsense laptops that perform rather than looking pretty this delivers. The keyboard still is one of he best laptop keyboards I have used and I have been through a fair few brands of laptops. With this purchase I had some goals which included the ability to meet my power computing demands (.NET development, Database Development, Run Virtual Machines, Adobe Photoshop and some 3D/CAD work) - thankfully ...
Pros: Subtle Design, Performance, Display Quality & Graphics Power
Summary: I bought it to replace my previous IBM ThinkPad T42, which was really perfect machine. However, I needed more performace. I chose T61p with usual (not wide) 14" screen and plus extra 2GB of memory. Yes, T61p is powerful, I would say, the best one in relation to performance. But I spent about a week to tune it up for me. First, I wiped the hard drive removing pre-installed Windows Vista Ultimiate.
Summary: This lenovo just does not do the things that it says it does! Most annoying is a message that you get regularly that says lenovo tech support are there for you...24/7...What they don't say is that they will charge you $199 for the privilege of speaking to someone about something that should have worked in the first place! Warranty...HAHA.
Pros: The Bull SXXX advertising!
Cons: The bundled software does not work properly. Poor cousin at a top price.
Summary: Well built laptop with great keyboard. If Lenovo can get the best bits of the Thinkpad range into their cheaper range then that would solve the price issue (though it was much less than the £1800 quoted in the review!).