Factory Refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T520 4242-A25 Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD BT, 12 Month Warranty £238.45 @ Scan
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Factory Refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T520 4242-A25 Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD BT, 12 Month Warranty £238.45 @ Scan

£238.45Scan Deals
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Found 18th Feb 2015
Can get it for £226.96 if you have previously registered for the free delivery promotion from Scan via AV Forums.

Also note that the screen resolution is 1600x900 which might be important to those wanting more screen real estate than provided by some new laptops.

Also states you get a free ScanFX Xdream Slimline Black Laptop Carry Bag worth £7.14.

I know the processor technology has moved on but this should be more than suitable for daily Office/Web browsing duties with the added build quality of a Thinkpad and 4GB of RAM.

Could probably swap out the hard disk for an SSD to make it even zippier but someone needs to verify this as I am not 100% sure.

Description also states the following:

• 12 MONTHS WARRANTY
• New keyboard
• New Battery
• May have minor scuff marks

This has 4GB of RAM, not 8GB as specified in the title
- ashfp

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Lenovo list this when built as having the following spec - support.lenovo.com/gb/…a25

ThinkPad T520 4242-A25

i5-2520M(2.5GHz),
8GB RAM,
320GB 7200rpm HD,
15.6in 1600x900 LCD,
Intel HD Graphics 3000,
Intel 802.11agn wireless,
WWAN, Bluetooth,
Modem,
1Gb Ethernet,
UltraNav,
Secure Chip,
Camera, 6c Li-Ion,
Win7 Pro 64

I think this is about the going rate for a 520 in the used market, however with the warranty, claimed new battery and keyboard it seems a reasonable deal, especially when you consider what little performance you can get for this sort of money when buying new.

Could probably swap out the hard disk for an SSD to make it even zippier … Could probably swap out the hard disk for an SSD to make it even zippier but someone needs to verify this as I am not 100% sure.



Yes you can swap it out, but if it were me I'd be getting a DVD caddy and swapping out the DVD drive. Then put that 320gb into the drive caddy in the DVD slot with the SSD in the main drive spot. Giving you quick bootups and plenty of storage that you can swap out quickly for the DVD when rarely required.

You can even have 4 drives in this (in theory). mSata (has to be whitelisted unless you flash the BIOS), an SD card, main drive and DVD slot drive.

Edited by: "Astec123" 18th Feb 2015

Review states 1GB Nvidia GPU but this machine does not list anything but the Intell 3000. Just bare in mind when reading the review as it doesn't look like the exact same machine.

Just to let everyone know this is a heavy business computer with no USB 3.0 and no HDMI port.
Edited by: "pet2000" 18th Feb 2015

pet2000

Just to let everyone know this is a heavy business computer with no USB … Just to let everyone know this is a heavy business computer with no USB 3.0 and no HDMI port.



Eh what kind of business does this serve, emails(

Sandybridge?

Should be ok for HD but it is 2011 tech. Longevity vs price.

My Dell E6220 is similar vintage , 153 delivered

Don't think id pay this much

Good price, I've got a older x200 and it's fantastic.

Still using an X61 w/ SSD and hacked BIOS and no complaints. God knows how old it is. Frankly, if you need processing power, you're either a gamer, designer or a fool, IMO.

have an older thinkpad and can not get over how well these things are built, I now generally just use it for taking on holiday as it copes with being thrown around everywhere!

The new keyboard and Battery make this a good deal. Unlike the X2** series it doesnt overheat either.

No USB 3.0 unfortunately

Only 2nd gen i5 isnt powerful enough nowadays. Might as well go with a AMD chipset with this price

Also you should all note that the main scpec lists only 4GB not 8GB in the title

This is an absolute steal, I prefer the smaller x220 myself for portability but all of the Thinkpads will serve you well
Edited by: "Drummerboy" 18th Feb 2015

Normally don't like refurbs...but excellent spec...especially the screen 1600x900 , so useful for spreadsheets and even just browsing. Heat added

Gah. Would have grabbed one if it had USB 3.0 :'(

mixandmatchfash

Only 2nd gen i5 isnt powerful enough nowadays. Might as well go with a … Only 2nd gen i5 isnt powerful enough nowadays. Might as well go with a AMD chipset with this price



Yes, definitely not powerful enough to run an Enterprise database cluster, render the sequel to Frozen and take over from the new Met Office weather computer. If you require these tasks then I'm afraid you wasted £238, however if you want a fast decent computer for Office tasks, Web Browsing, Social Media, some video rendering and more then this computer will do it admirably. Does anyone know anyone that wants to do that? Thought not get an AMD, you'll know what the weather is before even looking out of the window.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 18th Feb 2015

Jony5deals

have an older thinkpad and can not get over how well these things are … have an older thinkpad and can not get over how well these things are built, I now generally just use it for taking on holiday as it copes with being thrown around everywhere!



+1
DELL on the other hand has had real build quality and reliability issues.

Old technology. Spend your money elsewhere.

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NikLP

Still using an X61 w/ SSD and hacked BIOS and no complaints. God knows … Still using an X61 w/ SSD and hacked BIOS and no complaints. God knows how old it is. Frankly, if you need processing power, you're either a gamer, designer or a fool, IMO.


Or a scientist needing to process huge data

Does it have 4GB or 8GB Ram... the title says 4, the spec says 8!

MazingerZ

Eh what kind of business does this serve, emails(



Compiling code, running tests on the compiled code, running virtual machines. (Also, editing documents, browsing bug tracking system, project management etc. etc..)
The Thinkpad T520s we have at work have SSDs and quad core i7, so a bit higher spec than this, but same DVI and USB, and work fine. DVI to HDMI adaptors are hardly difficult to find, but all our monitors and projectors are DVI anyway.
USB 2.0 is fine for putting an appliance upgrade image on a thumb drive, why would I care about 3.0? There's a SAN in the server room, I'm not going to want a backup drive on my desk.
Edited by: "alanbraggins" 18th Feb 2015

Comments are a little harsh. Spec wise it's not particularly good, but you're paying for build quality here. I find the Thinkpad series of laptops to be very durable with almost no problems (Dell, I am thinking of you and your overheating issues).

pet2000

Just to let everyone know this is a heavy business computer with no USB … Just to let everyone know this is a heavy business computer with no USB 3.0 and no HDMI port.



It has Displayport so you can connect it to an HDMI screen/tele (via an oiption DisplayPort > HDMI adapter)

all these people whining about its spec.. I would love to know what rig they are being keyboard warriors on.

T520 2nd i5 with a big screen is a desktop replace which is more than enough for any normal user

Has anyone ever had a USB 2 v 3 race... does anyone REALLY care except to look like they are holier than thou

...for full disclosure... ... ThinkCentre M91p i72600, 10GB, 256SSD, 1TB HDD 2x Sammie B2240 on ergo stand

DazzyB

Does it have 4GB or 8GB Ram... the title says 4, the spec says 8!



I understand the description saying it comes with 4GB, upgradeable to 8GB.

Same(?) laptop is available here for £226 (delivered)

misco.co.uk/pro…15-
6-Bluetooth-New-Battery-Windows-7-Home-1-Year-Warranty-Refurb-Laptop

Doesn't list a new keyboard as a feature - so that might be worth the extra on this deal.

I have this laptop & it's the worst machine I've owned in the last 20 years.
The mobo has blown twice, there's something wrong with the audio (can't work out what; probably something on the audio card) and it weighs a ton!
The only good thing about it is that the speakers are good (well, before the audio problem developed).
Not voted as maybe mine was just a Friday afternoon build.

can buy t410 like this for £120 stone cold , a real workhorse too mine is on 24/7 for past 4 years
Edited by: "londonguy" 18th Feb 2015

Bought one to replace a T400. Had been looking at T420 on ebay but this is a good price for the bigger screen, especially with warranty and new battery. BTW: if you're registered / linked via AVforums you get free delivery at Scan. Details here: avforums.com/pag…er/
BG

devilsadv0cate

I understand the description saying it comes with 4GB, upgradeable to 8GB.



I think the description here is wrong and it only ships with 4GB. note: although specs say max is 8GB it actually supports 16GB (google it) so I bought an extra 8GB sodimm from scan (£53). An extra 4GB is £27. I still think it is a good price.
BG

plap

It has Displayport so you can connect it to an HDMI screen/tele (via an … It has Displayport so you can connect it to an HDMI screen/tele (via an oiption DisplayPort > HDMI adapter)


You try to connect to a tv with your adapter, and good luck
I'd rather get myself a later refurb from Dell or Argos with a proper HDMI port for a same money or less (USB 3.0 is not so important, I agree).


Edited by: "pet2000" 18th Feb 2015

Mine has the hdmi

Realises this is bigger though

I've been a proud owner of the thinkpad line for many years, my current thinkpad is w520.

I use my thinkpad mainly for programming.

I'm a research student, so I have to write quite a lot and Lenovo (actually IBM came up with the thinkpad series) have kept the IBM keyboard layout. 520's were the last in the range for the legendary keyboard to vanish.

The feedback from the keys is great, and the keyboard does not warp as some users of other laptops may experience. Clearly these keyboards were tested a gizillion number of times.

I can safely say this is the best laptop I have ever used, the build quality is awesome. Lenovo's thinkpad range is built to last. Also it has a spill resistance keyboard.

This is a mainly a work laptop ideally not for games (but can play not the recent ones that is). After experiences with other manufactures. This laptop surpasses them all. You get what you pay for.

The build quality is amazing.

Btw, this is my opinion.


Edited by: "unrealbot" 18th Feb 2015

It's somewhat cheap but remember this is Scan. If something goes wrong you will have lots of trouble sorting RMA out. Cold.
Edited by: "kissenger" 18th Feb 2015

ggidd

Review states 1GB Nvidia GPU but this machine does not list anything but … Review states 1GB Nvidia GPU but this machine does not list anything but the Intell 3000. Just bare in mind when reading the review as it doesn't look like the exact same machine.



I would rather keep it clothed in my mind thanks.

I'm no computer whizz but i'd at least like to share my opinions about thinkpads ....
I bought a thinkpad X201 this time last year from a large ebay dealer , at that time it was £199..... now around £150. This machine ( which I am using now ) has the i5 M520 processor and came with 4GB of memory. I can't comment directly about the one being discussed but this laptop I'm using is truely superb and has not once let me down after daily use , its very strong , the size is perfect for me and if I were to buy another laptop anytime soon it would have to be a used thinkpad ( I couldn't afford to buy new ). If you want high performance , high performance comes at a price ...... this laptop is solid and reliale not high performance. Why do so many businesses invest in thinkpads year after year ?

These machines will handle everything an average user throws at them without breaking sweat. If you are lucky and get one in decent condition this is a bit of bargain.

The processor is faster than many of the 4th gen i5 chips you get in more recent laptops, it *might* have a fast 7200rpm hard disk and the screen resolution is superior to most cheap laptops. This is a business class machine, designed to be used all day every day - as has been said already the build quality on these machines is top notch - a different league from you average consumer laptop.
That said, you might be unlucky and receive one that has had a hard life - it might not look pretty. Hopefully this is mitigated by the new keyboard and battery. Also there is no mention of an optical drive - so that might disappoint some.
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