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.
Summary: I ordered my Lenovo t61p used from a seller who changed the OS from Windows Vista to Windows XP. It works great with Windows XP on it. It comes with lots of ports, 3 USB, headphone, VGA, ethernet, and more! It also came with a Wifi card, so you can get a wireless internet signal. It also comes with a switch on the front so you can turn off the wifi card to save battery power. It has some protection features that I thankfully have never used, so I can't say if they work.
Summary: I purchased a new T61P in 2008. The first one I received wouldn't boot. It blue screened over and over and had to be returned for a replacement. Two year later the battery died and I found out that there had been a recall on that type of battery. Now my motherboard is dead. It was a good computer when it was working.
Summary: I owned ThinkPad T61p for three years; the screen suddenly died ; now I feel what a waste; I paid extra to get the high resolution and other extra features; this laptop which costed close to $2000.00 should have lasted at least five years; the battery died before the end of year two; I bought this laptop because of the history I have had using thinkpad's ; I even convinced my daughter and here friend to buy Thinkpad when time came to upgrade here laptop.
Summary: I have owned 10 IBM computers and this is the first Lenovo I have ever owned. The machine worked well and the software was pretty good; although, some of the preloaded software wasn't that helpful and just used up some of the hard drive space. The screen isn't very good and powerful graphics chip goes to waste with a not so clear screen. The computer is fast, when it works. It only took four months before my hard drive crashed.
Battery life very poor. Brightness problem with LCD
Senthil V. Gopinathan "Senboy", Amazon
8 December 2010
Summary: I was excited when I bought this laptop. Because I know IBM thinkpad was the top of the line laptop that time. So strong construction and good keyboard. But.. after a year, the battery did not even hold power for full 30 minutes even after fully charging it. Then I noticed that even with full brightness the LCD looked dull. The maximum volume is half the volume when I compare my 5 year old Dell machine. Disappointed with T61p. It is not worth for the price!