IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T61p (+ laptop bag, mouse, speakers, headphones) (Refubished ) £184.99 @ SVP
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IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T61p (+ laptop bag, mouse, speakers, headphones) (Refubished ) £184.99 @ SVP

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Found 5th Mar 2014
Has the higher-end 1920x1200 display. It's an older model but the Core2duo isn't all that bad for web, office etc (a very modern Bay Trail Atom or AMD Kabini are about the same performance wise), and the Quadro FX 570M will handle older games OK. Has a Windows 7 license. Only a/b/g wifi, so you may need to pop a new card in for n/ac networks.

It's a refurb (probably decomissioned as part of a business upgrade cycle), so expect some wear and for the battery to not reach it's full manufactured capacity.

A decent price for a very solid laptop,

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You simply don't come across screens like this anymore, i feel people voting cold don't understand the value of a HD screen, especially on a 15" display. My t61p gave up on me last week but it was incredible for the 3 years i owned it. I don't think this is a bad price, considering the 1920x1200 resolution, great for web development and photoshop and other activities that benefit from a awesome resolution. Hot from me.
Edited by: "Sykos" 5th Mar 2014

Sykos

You simply don't come across screens like this anymore, i feel people … You simply don't come across screens like this anymore, i feel people voting cold don't understand the value of a HD screen, especially on a 15" display. My t61p gave up on me last week but it was incredible for the 3 years i owned it. I don't think this is a bad price, considering the 1920x1200 resolution, great for web development and photoshop and other activities that benefit from a awesome resolution. Hot from me.



I Agree, this is a great deal! Anyone that wants a cheap £200-£300 laptop from currys should get this instead, there bullet proof and fantastic to work on with the choice of nipple or track-pad.

This should be smoking!!!

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Sorry but I'm voting this cold as above it can be had cheaper without the additional £5 extras and will come with a fingerprint reader which the SVP deal doesnt confirm for certain. The above was the first one I could find with the same spec as this. I'm sure a few more minutes could locate even cheaper still. I'd rather have a guaranteed fingerprint reader as they are so useful and pick up a bag and what will be a cheap mouse from the pound shop.

Also with this being a now 7 year old laptop, even with the excellent IBM build quality it's going to have had a hammering in that time, it's one thing getting an £80 refurb, another buying something twice as expensive. Great screens but it's going to really show it's age at anything other than light duties and retro gaming. For very little more I'd rather pick up one of the much more modern i5 deals posted recently, yes not as great screen res but a lot fresher. Could always pick up a T61 or T400 for less money and get a good second monitor to dual screen which I always find is better for multitasking when you really need to.

Edited by: "Astec123" 5th Mar 2014

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all t61p come with a fingerprint reader, the rest of your argument is perfectly valid though.

Sykos

all t61p come with a fingerprint reader, the rest of your argument is … all t61p come with a fingerprint reader, the rest of your argument is perfectly valid though.



sadly they don't ask cone with a fingerprint reader.

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T61p

Astec123

sadly they don't ask cone with a fingerprint … sadly they don't ask cone with a fingerprint reader.http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T61p



sadly?

£180 for something like this HOWEVER old is a bargain.
1920x1200 screen is pretty incredible
The nVidia 570M graphics is nothing short of amazing for the price here.
You guys do know what a thinkpad is right? Have you ever tried upgrading or repairing one of these? It's easier than LEGO!

robo989

£180 for something like this HOWEVER old is a bargain.1920x1200 screen is … £180 for something like this HOWEVER old is a bargain.1920x1200 screen is pretty incredibleThe nVidia 570M graphics is nothing short of amazing for the price here.You guys do know what a thinkpad is right? Have you ever tried upgrading or repairing one of these? It's easier than LEGO!


That's a nVidia Quadro FX 570M nothing to do with crazy power-guzzling 570. No this is G84GL part. Now the next question is whether that's one of those infamous Nvidia 65nm parts?

Anyway, that brings me to my next point: laptops no matter how well build are never a good idea when mixed with discrete graphic cards. Obviously, the Nvidia bumpgate was infamous but in general any dGPU over 30W is asking for trouble.

As for this deal: well 1920x1200 is a great resolution (but too much for my eyes since Windows is hopeless at scaling). Also, not sure with which model/year they swappped to LED backlights but a CFLS backlight might not have might life left.

robo989

sadly?



Bloodee autocorrect, the one time I use my phone to post and autocorrect kicks in. The fingerprint readers are very much sadly they are not standard thing as they should be on all laptops for security. I love the one on my X200 to bits. It's so much easier to lock your laptop with windows key + L and then come back and just rub your finger over it as you sit back down and your back in windows.

As to repairs, they are are you say, a piece of cake to update and repair Lenovo/IBM machines and well documented for when you do get around to doing it.

As to the Quadro 570m it's not stormer, some older games at 720 are do-able with it but it will never play anything at the full res other than at unplayable frame rates. Thus why I'd suggest getting a lower res machine with a more modern i5 processor as they will perform in games much the same.

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Reviews are also not overly positive for this as an option for gaming. It's a business grade GPU really designed for things like AutoCad and Photoshoping type chores.
Edited by: "Astec123" 5th Mar 2014

kgrings

That's a nVidia Quadro FX 570M nothing to do with crazy power-guzzling … That's a nVidia Quadro FX 570M nothing to do with crazy power-guzzling 570. No this is G84GL part. Now the next question is whether that's one of those infamous Nvidia 65nm parts?Anyway, that brings me to my next point: laptops no matter how well build are never a good idea when mixed with discrete graphic cards. Obviously, the Nvidia bumpgate was infamous but in general any dGPU over 30W is asking for trouble.As for this deal: well 1920x1200 is a great resolution (but too much for my eyes since Windows is hopeless at scaling). Also, not sure with which model/year they swappped to LED backlights but a CFLS backlight might not have might life left.



Oh dear...oops.
Schoolboy error there.
These graphics are indeed next to useless and a dead weight to the whole thing.

Based on that, awful deal. Shame really, screen of this res on a thinkpad rather juicy.

op -- it might make a (marginal?) difference to the voting if you put the screen size, 15.4", in the title.

Voted hot for the res! Shame others don't think so

robo989

Oh dear...oops.Schoolboy error there.These graphics are indeed next to … Oh dear...oops.Schoolboy error there.These graphics are indeed next to useless and a dead weight to the whole thing.Based on that, awful deal. Shame really, screen of this res on a thinkpad rather juicy.



Gone are the days of this sort of resolution and higher being easy to get hold of (with the right sized wallet). Sadly with the graphics being not much use outside of running windows and web programs it's just a rather power hungry system that's rather dated in comparison to some of systems of a similar age. Annoyingly we took 10steps back when they all jumped on the "HD" band wagon and have been playing catch up for years. Hopefully, now that apple and google are pushing the pixel counts up others will take note and start pushing the boundaries once more.

seanmcr

Voted hot for the res! Shame others don't think so



Frankly, I cant see why you would, when you could get a much better external monitor and hook it up to any laptop or computer you like. Much better solution as for the same money you could pick up a T400 (cooler running next generation evolution of this model) and get an external monitor and have even more desk space while also having the portability of a machine not running the graphics processor 24/7.

These things have battery life measured in minutes. I've seen 45minutes of run time being bounced about for them when pushed doing things like HD youtube or about 90minutes of general web browsing on wifi with a low screen brightness from a new 9 cell battery. Considering my Dell XPS with a 17inch 1080 screen and i7 processor and 555m graphics can last over 3 hours on a 9 cell battery that's quite poor performance.

Astec123

Frankly, I cant see why you would, when you could get a much better … Frankly, I cant see why you would, when you could get a much better external monitor and hook it up to any laptop or computer you like. Much better solution as for the same money you could pick up a T400 (cooler running next generation evolution of this model) and get an external monitor and have even more desk space while also having the portability of a machine not running the graphics processor 24/7. These things have battery life measured in minutes. I've seen 45minutes of run time being bounced about for them when pushed doing things like HD youtube or about 90minutes of general web browsing on wifi with a low screen brightness from a new 9 cell battery. Considering my Dell XPS with a 17inch 1080 screen and i7 processor and 555m graphics can last over 3 hours on a 9 cell battery that's quite poor performance.



I already have high resolution fixed displays but that's hardly the same thing as I need something tough that I can shift around. This will be for use in a datacentre mostly as a remote console to many machines so as high a resolution as possible is best - everything else is secondary.

It arrived the other day and I am quite impressed by it - very sturdy and performs more than well enough for what I'll use it for. I even got Starcraft 2 running in a playable state on Linux! Battery lasts about an hour and a half.

Only major problem with it came with a US layout keyboard so they are collecting it in a few days. Hopefully they can replace it!

Original Poster

If they do not replace it themselves, the keyboard is exceptionally easy to replace (a single screw needs removing). Service manual: support.lenovo.com/en_…980

Any of these three FRUs will give you a UK keyboard: 42T3233 42T3297 42T3167

You can swap out any regions keyboard for any other region's keyboard, regardless of where the laptop was manufactured.
Also, if you have any older Thinkpads lying around, almost every one manufactured in a similar time period use the same keyboard part (less so with more recent thinkpads, around T430 onwards).
Edited by: "edzieba" 9th Mar 2014
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