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IBM T30 Laptop £149.99 WAS £299.99 refurb

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8y, 5m agoFound 8 years, 5 months ago
..not a dual or quad core but seems ok for the price of a basic laptop for internet etc

Manufacturer IBM Thinkpad T30 Laptop
CPU Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 1.8Ghz
HDD 30GB
Memory 512Mb RAM minimum
Optical Drive DVD
Sound Card 16 Bit On Board Sound, with Audio (line in, line out and microphone) Ports
Graphics 32Mb Intel Extreme Graphics shared
Network Card 10/100 Ethernet Port, Built in Wireless WiFi
Other Devices 2 x USB , Parallel Port,
Screen 14.1 inch TFT Flat Panel Screen
Operating System Windows XP Pro COA License only (Software is preloaded but not supplied)
Warranty 30 days RTB Warranty
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#1
I cant go wrong for £150. Got to be a good find for those wanting a cheapo laptop.

Pity its only 30 days warranty but ordered one anyway.

BP quote "Due to the demand for this laptop it will ship on Monday 7th July (This will not delay the rest of your order"

Dont know what thats all about though?
#2
t41 also available for £189.99

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?nav=&lang=&product=SOLV025

Product description IBM Thinkpad T41 Laptop
CPU / Processor Intel Centrino 1.4Ghz
Hard Drive Size 30 Gb Minimum
RAM / Memory Size 512Mb Minimum
Optical Drive(s) DVD-ROM
Network / Connectivity 56k Modem, Integrated Wi-fi Wireless Capability
Audio / Sound 16 bit Sound
Screen 14.1 Inch TFT Screen
Additional 2x USB, Ac Adaptor, Battery, UK Keyboard
Warranty 6 Months warranty, DOA Warranty on Battery
Operating System Windows XP Pro
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/site/images/new/hardware/RG-OFFER0017.jpg
#3
Decent for the price! - HOT!
#4
jtx
Pity its only 30 days warranty but ordered one anyway.


Wouldn't worry too much, IBM T series are pretty much bullet proof:thumbsup:
#5
;) still more prospective future than some new ones.hot.
#6
Undecided on this. The spec is pretty horrifically bad IMO. 30GB HDD and 512 RAM in particular. That said, for an IBM laptop its scorching hot, and you can always upgrade those components. The 30 day warranty is a concern.

My main negative on it would be that it hits the price realm of (for example) the EEE PC, which the original is only about £30-40 more, and is better(depending on your opinion I guess)!

All that said, of all the cheap 14-15" laptops that come up on here, this is by far the best deal I've seen purely because of the manufacturer. Voted hot, but would still advise(where possible) spending another £100-150 and getting a Dell Vostro(for example).

To pre-empt a question that hasnt appeared yet as well - no, this will NOT run Vista, it will die a slow and painful death. :)
#7
What do some people want for £150, superb deal. Even the £180 one is a cracker aswell!

For someone on a tight budget its right up there street!
#8
Jimbob - I can get loads of ****** laptops for £150 believe me!!! The ONLY reason this is hot IMO is because it is an IBM, not Acer or similar like most of these really cheap laptops tend to be.

£150 although cheap, isnt exactly "throwing away" money, and there would be that risk with a 30 day warranty. There is that old adage of "buy cheap, buy twice"....and there are reasons why this is so cheap.
#9
MrShed
My main negative on it would be that it hits the price realm of (for example) the EEE PC, which the original is only about £30-40 more, and is better(depending on your opinion I guess)!


As an eee owner I'd definitely go for this one if the size isn't an issue.
#10
Just in case anyone does not realize and for future reference you can collect from Big Pockets warehouses and save the postage.
Robert
#11
EndlessWaves
As an eee owner I'd definitely go for this one if the size isn't an issue.


It will no doubt divide opinion, and I dont really want to have another "laptop vs EEE" debate and hijack the OPs thread :) lol

Another thought - the batteries for this laptop is almost this price again...and I have a suspicion that the batteries on these "refurbs" could be the first thing to go.

By the way still think its a hot deal, just wanting to make sure people buy with their eyes wide open and realise the reasons for the cheapness!
#12
'overview' tab says 40gb, 'specs' tab says 30gb - wonder which it is?
#13
Any idea how much does it weigh? Any chance of upgrade RAM at home?
Is it a good option for 'always keep in my bag'?

It actually might be good investment to run Linux/Ubuntu and carry along with you rather than fedora on USB key as all computer don't allow 'boot from USB option'.

Hot for the price. Cracking deal.
very tempted but will be killed by "Mrs" as already have two laptops.
#14
http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/notebooks/0,1000000333,10001624,00.htm

Review here, 2.4 kg according to that psudz.

This review is from 2002 though be aware!!
#15
It would be interesting to know the screen resolution as some of these go up to 1400 x 1050 while others are only 1024x768
#16
Physical specificaitons

System:

* Width: 304mm (12.0in)
* Depth: 250mm (9.8in)
* Height: 36.6mm (1.4in)
* Travel weight will vary by model and the range is 2.22kg (4.9lb) to 2.33KG (5.1lb) with travel bezel
* Configured system weight will vary by model and the range is 2.42kg (5.33lb) to 2.57kg (5.67lb).

Accessories:

* Li-Ion battery pack: 325g (0.72lb)
* FDD: 210g (0.45lb)
* AC adapter (2-pin or 3-pin): 360g (0.795lb)
* Power cord for ac adapter: 90g (0.19lb)
* DVD drive: 345g (0.76lb)

Note: All weight and dimensions are approximate.

And for anybody who needs drivers etc....

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=/product.do?template=%2Fproductpage%2Flandingpages%2FproductPageLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&familyind=99273&machineind=0&modelind=0&partnumberind=0&subcategoryind=0&doctypeind=100&doccategoryind=0&operatingsystemind=53385&validate=true
#17
I have used a T41 for the last 4 years in work. Pretty bulletproof - used/abused etc. Battery replaced witha Heavy-duty version after 2 years (not enough oomph - age - etc) Heavyu duty battery pod fine since then. It was the 2nd I had as the 1st went back pretty smartly with a CPU overheating problem (a very few of the very early ones had this problem) - they would just "stop dead". Apparent with DOOM3 and WSAD - heavy crunching software.

Recommend - check the battery life thought when you get one.

CIAO:thumbsup:
#18
very nice piece of kit.

and a very very very good price, IBM machines are virtually indestructible! I've been using them for as long as I can remember, always been paying a lot above dell's/acer's of comparative spec but these machines last and they last proper long!

I've owned eeePC and would get these rather than the eeePC if I were buying now. The keyboard is unbeatable and they're pretty good spec for word, excel, etc and web browsing, listening to music, etc... they don't have C2D's processors but they also don't have a buggy OS that requires oodles of RAM and 3 minutes to start up!

Also, IBM machines have fantastic linux compatability so you could load that on if you wish..
#19
How does this compare to a duel core? i want to maybe watch a few music vids on youtube and surf web?
Also anyone know what the refubs are like with Bigpockets as i know Dixons seems to be like new , is this the case with these?
#20
foraminafera
I have used a T41 for the last 4 years in work. Pretty bulletproof - used/abused etc. Battery replaced witha Heavy-duty version after 2 years (not enough oomph - age - etc) Heavyu duty battery pod fine since then. It was the 2nd I had as the 1st went back pretty smartly with a CPU overheating problem (a very few of the very early ones had this problem) - they would just "stop dead". Apparent with DOOM3 and WSAD - heavy crunching software.

Recommend - check the battery life thought when you get one.

CIAO:thumbsup:

same as you :) my work computer is a 5 year old T40! and I'm typing this on an X41
#21
A-n-d-y
How does this compare to a duel core? i want to maybe watch a few music vids on youtube and surf web?
Also anyone know what the refubs are like with Bigpockets as i know Dixons seems to be like new , is this the case with these?

I'm not sure about the reseller but I've used my machine to watch videos online and DVD's.

Youtube and web browsing works fine...
#22
Its a great price if you plan to have it plugged in, no doubt battery is an issue.

I bought a couple of refurb desktops from bigpockets a couple of years ago, they had obviously came out an office, were pretty dusty inside, but for the price, there was no question it was a good bargain. I did have a problem with one of them, they collected it and refunded without question.

All in all, i happily shop from big pockets, they have great customer service and oli is freely available on most bargain forums to answer a quick question. Im considering buying one of these for my daughter who has been begging for a laptop for ages.
#23
Totally robust laptop. I think RAM will be costaly but easy to get on flebay
#24
Shengis
Wouldn't worry too much, IBM T series are pretty much bullet proof:thumbsup:


IBM T series are indeed excellent, I have been using them from the 386 days, I am now using the T60 and T61 they are robust as you pay extra £150 + just for the case and chasis, the T61 has magnesium alloy chassis and is extremely rigid, much reduced chance of cracking the motherboard, however after 4 years' of continous use in a corporate environment, expect these to happen:-

1) CPU fan may fail or become very noisy with rattle ( more difficult to replace )
2) harddisk may become erratic (replacement , about £50)
3) Battery life will be rubbish unless it had been replaced recently.

However a normal or light used T41 in well looked after condition is a great buy and will last. The keys are really durable and can take quite a pounding.

So all in all, £190 for a secondhand...+ £50 disk + £40 battery .....you may as well get a brand new dual core 1.8gz for £300 complete with 12 mth warranty but if you still like the ruggedness of the T series , just keep your figures crossed for a good condition one.
#25
30 day warranty - cold and probably unlawful.
#26
Titanium case makes it more tempting for me.

Must be one of worst depreciating commodities in the world 1/20 or 5% of original cost in just 6 years !! Just reminds us the pace of technology development.

But crazy price of £3000 when launched! Did any one actually bought it at this price?
Are there any laptops for £3000 today?

DVD-ROM in 2002 laptop is appreciable though.
#27
These laptops are very good well built and reliable, 3 of my family have them, you cant go wrong for a cheap laptop for browsing the net, watching dvds.
#28
splender
2) harddisk may become erratic (replacement , about £50)


£50 quid for a hard drive? 250GB I would guess for that price. On the plus side they take literally minutes to swap out on these machines, seconds if you have the ultrabay HDD caddy ;-)
#29
ibiza
30 day warranty - cold and probably unlawful.


agreed poor deal
#30
I have an IBM r50e... absolute bullet proof BRICK of a laptop - not pretty, not light, but takes a hell of a lot of abuse and works everyday without fail =)
#31
i doubt that you can fit 250gb in it
#32
if its a standard laptop hard drive then any standard laptop drive will fit in, although, depending on its ages the BIOS may only be able to recognise ~130GB of space, but a simple BIOS upgrade will do the trick.

Hot deal for me, as 30GB hard drive is enough for people who just want web browsing/word/msn etc. I would also recommend Windows 2000 for this laptop, probably the most stable operating system i have ever used.

EDIT: Disregard that last paragraph, I didn't read the full specs, and the fact that it comes with XP Pro is great value.
#33
psudz
Titanium case makes it more tempting for me.

Must be one of worst depreciating commodities in the world 1/20 or 5% of original cost in just 6 years !! Just reminds us the pace of technology development.

But crazy price of £3000 when launched! Did any one actually bought it at this price?
Are there any laptops for £3000 today?

DVD-ROM in 2002 laptop is appreciable though.

LOL, I didn't want to type this when I posted my original post but yes I did buy them brand new when they came out, didn't pay the RRP - it was discounted but discounted on the RRP you've posted! :) They really were that costly, I bought the T40 then the T41 came out and I bought both of them in the space of a month!

Of course, the LCD wasn't looking very good when I was checking my credit card bills next month.

I sold one machine and the other one died due to a known motherboard problem! doh!
#34
ibiza;2442608
30 day warranty - cold and probably unlawful.


Bully;2442730
agreed poor deal



:whistling: Wonder why the people who've used these laptops are not slating the deal! :whistling:

Trolls!
#35
I would say its a good deal but by paying a it more you can get something with a bit of future
Agree that IBM laptops are solid though
Just wait for another Dell deal though ?:
#36
Just to throw this in, I'd spring for the £180 T41 with the Centrino (Pentium M). The P4 "mobile" runs ridiculously hot (both power and temperature) in comparison and is nowhere near as quick. The only reason it's called 'mobile' is that it fits in a laptop.
#37
rfa
Just in case anyone does not realize and for future reference you can collect from Big Pockets warehouses and save the postage.
Robert


It was possible at checkout to select a delivery option "collect from warehouse" but now that option is not available.
#38
hmmm ill give this a miss.
1 Like #39
and I'll try it. just taking t41. Typing this on a maxed out T61. Lenovo/IBM is brill. Don't know about T41, but T61 it's sooooo quiet, you ust can't hear the fan. Missus working on a Compaq, like 5mtrs from me, PS3 turned on next to me, and.... can still hear her fan (on the lappy :):) )

All in all, less than 200, why not?
#40
Frikken 'eck!

DEFINITELY HOT - much better than an EeePC if you don't mind the larger size.

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