Summary: Bought a high end Lenovo W520 directly from Lenovo. It is the best performing computer I've ever had. The graphics and power are great. One reason for purchase was the famous reputation for build quality and the delightful to use "solid" keypad on Thinkpads. The keypad was NOT solidly supported and had flex at one end. Had hopes that maybe "some" of that famous IBM Thinkpad build quality might have been inherited.
Summary: I've been a Thinkpad guy since the T20 days and was torn when Lenovo acquired them. Could a foreign company really maintain the same quality control and engineering standards that set IBM apart? I was skeptical but cautiously optimistic. I decided to upgrade my (IBM) T60 to a (Lenovo) W520. In short, it's a decent laptop but no IBM. First, some history. 1. The IBM executive who built the Thinkpad brand is Stephen Ward.
Quality changed for the worst since Chinese bought IBM
Alexander Chukhlebov "beaver", Amazon
17 December 2012
Summary: I ordered my W520 from Lenovo website and I'm using it since June 2012. Back in 2004 IBM Thinkpad was really high quality notebook, though now that Chinese own it quality suffers. The BAD: 1. Now after more than half a year of using it, keyboard is making noise and I had to repair several stuck keys. Once in a while when I type keyboard throws out garbage. Basically I soon will have to buy a new keyboard. 2. Mouse pad got polished.
Summary: I have had all sorts of notebooks for past two decades and always liked IBM/Lenovo because of its solid hardware and high resolution screen. It is all of that, but the W520 has some unacceptable weaknessess: a) Almost every time I start it up it is confused about the wifi bringing up some sort of Lenovo access center. Often, I have to restart the machine.
Mayor flaws in the design keeps it from being great.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
15 June 2011
Summary: The good. - The performance is really good if you replace the hard drive with something else, in my case a Momentus XT from Seagate. - The battery lasts quite long. - Fast graphics. Switch between integrated and bespoke in the BIOS, or automatically. - Power management. - Build quality. - Price vs. performance. The average - The screen has got a good resolution, but is very sensitive and has to be configured exactly right.