1. Matthew Blair's Avatar
    Any old school IBM/Lenovo buffs out there? I know there's a handful of us hanging around.

    I have a 3 year old consumer grade i5 Ideapad which I love and gets the job done, but I really have an itch for those older Thinkpads.

    Specifically for me I favor the T60 and T61 line.

    I have a T61 that I got for dirt cheap off eBay (25 bucks) as a former business laptop that was in remarkably good shape and was stripped of just about everything. I disassembled it piece by piece and upgraded everything I humanly could as a novice.

    Upgraded CPU, wireless card, RAM, added Bluetooth, added a 256 gig SSD and a 1T in the ultrabay, upgraded the bios, swapped out the LCD, added the larger battery, added a card reader, and a few other things....all for under 200 bucks of parts from eBay.

    It was a lot of fun to toy with and I get alot of pleasure in using it today. It's no i7, but damn if it doesn't have a lot of character and attitude.
    03-06-2015 05:17 PM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    Not quite old school myself, but my main PC is a T400 I picked up used/refurbished three years ago or so as a replacement for an HP Mini netbook. What I loved most about it was that the cooling was superior, (quieter, etc) oddly enough.

    Hasn't seen quite as much action, just the RAM being upgraded from 2 GB to 4, then 8.
    it came with a 160 GB hard drive (which vanished and I still don't know where it went) which I immediately replaced with 120 GB SSD which I swapped out for a 200 GB hard drive a few months ago. (not sure if the space was worth it, but then again i don't know if it wasn't worth it.)
    The CD/DVD drive has been swapped out for an extra battery, the main battery has gone from nearly 4 hours, to nearly 30 minutes or so. Thankfully the flexible bay battery still works kinda okay.
    Picked up a dock, which was great.

    The graphics capabilities show its age, but it works surprisingly well otherwise. Certainly doesn't run perfectly 100% of the time, but I'll just call it it's personality. :)

    Thinking of replacing it with a ThinkPad Yoga or something Dell this summer, although none really offer my perfect PC.
    03-07-2015 04:54 PM
  3. jmshub's Avatar
    Love Lenovo's build quality. They are top notch laptops. Unfortunately, the Snapfish thing makes it hard to recommend Thinkpads to family and friends. I currently have a Dell laptop.
    03-08-2015 10:39 PM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    Love Lenovo's build quality. They are top notch laptops. Unfortunately, the Snapfish thing makes it hard to recommend Thinkpads to family and friends. I currently have a Dell laptop.
    FWIW, the ThinkPad line was clean of superfish, it was the consumer-grade, cheaper notebooks I believe that were afflicted.
    jmshub likes this.
    03-09-2015 02:18 PM
  5. jmshub's Avatar
    FWIW, the ThinkPad line was clean of superfish, it was the consumer-grade, cheaper notebooks I believe that were afflicted.
    That is actually good to know. I thought it was every notebook that Lenovo sold.
    xandros9 likes this.
    03-09-2015 02:44 PM

Similar Threads

  1. HERE Maps No Longer Linked to Microsoft Account?
    By greedo_greedy in forum Applications
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-08-2015, 06:12 AM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-06-2015, 07:51 AM
  3. Is there any calendar app which complete my requirement?
    By Sumukh Phalle1992 in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-06-2015, 03:51 AM
  4. Hi There! Any Lumia 638 Owners?
    By Windows Central Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-05-2015, 10:51 PM
  5. Here is what Cortana's new Showtimes feature looks like
    By WindowsCentral.com in forum Windows Central News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-05-2015, 12:00 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD