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#4654391 - 02/02/18 11:00 PM Lenovo laptops
greenjp Offline

Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 1306
Loc: Germantown, MD
Not sure if this belongs here or the Computer forum...

THINKSAVE25 will get you 25% off and free shipping for an E or A series Thinkpad. Ordered an E575 (entry level 15" business laptop) the other day with the basic AMD processor, single 8GB ram, 256GB SSD, and 1080 IPS monitor for about $540. I much prefer these moderately spec'd business type machines to higher spec'd consumer grade ones for typical home usage.


#4654400 - 02/02/18 11:27 PM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
Nyquist Offline

Registered: 10/24/08
Posts: 967
Loc: Iowa
I would not buy a Lenovo laptop based on their ownership and the Superfish issue.
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#4654473 - 02/03/18 05:49 AM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29741
Loc: NY
They make a good laptop. As soon as I got mine I wiped the HDD and did a clean install of the OS, minus all the bloat wear typically found some new computers. No issues to report.
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#4654495 - 02/03/18 06:43 AM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
greenjp Offline

Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 1306
Loc: Germantown, MD
FWIW the Superfish thing only affected their consumer grade systems, not the Thinkpads. They did an about face on that pretty quick so presumably aren't doing anything like that anymore. In my experience the Thinkpads don't come with any bloatwear to speak of. There is a set of Lenovo developed/branded system tools, but none of the "trial" versions of random stuff. Not sure about the consumer machines.

As for their ownership (a Chinese company that bought the brand from IBM), I too prefer to buy from somebody else when possible but if something from China is competitively priced, of good quality, and doesn't have a troublesome trade or IP issue I don't have any problem with it.

What I really like about the Thinkpads, even the lower grade ones, is that they have really nice keyboards and are designed for easy maintenance and disassembly. Lenovo makes detailed repair information, parts lists and specs, etc, available on their website.

#4654519 - 02/03/18 07:26 AM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4732
I agree about buying business grade. I picked up a refurb desktop from staples up here in canada for about 100 bucks. Upgraded memory from 4 to 8 gb and recently picked up an SSD drive. So in all, 280$ for a solid setup, and I got to tinker around a bit smile

If I ever had a need for a laptop, id also go with a business grade unit. Ive had negative experiences with consumer grade laptops.
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#4654593 - 02/03/18 08:52 AM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
bigjl Offline

Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 2220
Loc: London, England
I tend to buy used Laptops for work use..

My daughter is at University and wanted a Macbook Pro which cost 1200.

I got two HP EliteBooks.

Gave the 8460P to one of our managers.

And kept the newer 840 for my own use.

Also got a couple of Dell Latitudes (E6330 and E6340 if i remember correctly)

Both Dells cost 225 each.

The 8460P was 210 and the 840 was 230.

So four as new, robust laptops for less than the price of one Macbook.
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#4656724 - 02/05/18 09:30 AM Re: Lenovo laptops [Re: greenjp]
tmorris1 Offline

Registered: 07/15/03
Posts: 2361
Loc: MN
Lenovo seem to be pretty good. I have also had good luck with the Dell Latitude or Precision. Check out the reburbished ones on their website, they are like new and carry the same warranty, but you can save $100's of dollars.