Blazing Performance but a serious loss of important features
6 May 2014
Summary: I bought this computer to replace a Thinkpad A31 for the purpose of migrating up to Win 7. Both machines are desktop replacements, and, according to a Wikipedia article, both are on the International Space Station in great number. The A31 ATI 7500 graphics card does not meet specs for Win 7, and hence is prematurely disqualified by the end of XP support. The Te61 is a Lenovo-produced variant of the earlier large IBM machines.
Summary: I just refurbished a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p 6459 & I got to say one of the best laptop designs I've seen . This laptop is a submarine graphics are the envy of more modern laptops. slight overheating fixed with good thermal paste, silent running machine.
Summary: I have purchased several laptops, mostly Lenovo and this one was in the best shape of all of them. Amazon listing stated "2GB" memory but it arrived with 4GB. Battery is in great condition as is the screen. Highly recommend this seller.
Summary: Disclaimer: This review is more of a reminiscing due to the fact I no longer own one, and these are no longer available. I liberated a T61P from a former employer when I took a business trip to Taiwan and "forgot" to bring it back. So began a 5-year love affair that I would never forget. It was comfortable. It was feature rich. Things just "felt right" with it, like a broken-in pair of trusty work boots. Sometimes it ran hot overnight, but you were still there.
Summary: This is defiantly one of the best computers I have ever used. I have been using computers for 11 years and this is by far the best. The 2.2ghz core duo CPU gives plenty of processing power and the 2gb of RAM is plenty enough to multitask anything you need. It only takes 5 minutes to boot and just a minute and 20 seconds to load 1 web page. This computer is a beast, and for $2000 you cant go wrong.
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: This is my favorite computer ever. I did have to find an old-school 512-sector drive for it (512e and advanced format drives won't work), and expanding the RAM to 8 GB was more interesting than it should have been. But once it's together, this computer is basically awesome in every way. The screen, the keyboard, the way Linux installs, the snappy response, the support, it's all best ever for me. I'm not buying Dell again, just more Lenovo T61Ps from now on.
Summary: I just got one of these second hand, but in very good condition from my dads work. It doesn't have a single scratch on it. My dad has the T61 and I have the T61P, this laptop is as solid as a tank and feels so good. Its just made right. Although I wouldn't recommend paying 2000 dollars for one of these, if you find a second hand one you should definitely go for it, if its in good condition.